New clifftop par three at Nefyn


New clifftop par three at Nefyn
Sean Dudley

Nefyn and District Golf Club in North Wales has embarked on a renovation of some of its famous clifftop holes under the supervision of Swan Golf Designs.

“We were first asked to visit Nefyn about eighteen months ago, to make an evaluation of the golf course,” Howard Swan told GCA. “The principal issue was safety – of the 26 holes at the club, 22 are affected by public rights of way.”

Swan and the club decided to construct an alternative green, allowing the twelfth hole to be played as a par three when conditions dictate. “It's possible that the new hole may eventually be incorporated into the full loop,” said Swan. “It's a 150 yard par three, playing downhill and across the cliffs, from near the existing forward tee of the twelfth hole. Introducing this hole should enable golf to be played on the point in all conditions.”

Nefyn's 26 holes include eight on the point: the eighteen inland holes are referred to as the New Course, and Swan is also working in this area. “We have already started renovating the bunkers on the eleventh hole of the New Course,” he said. “Our plans are long term, and will prepare the course for the future.”