As soon as we finished the round and had a drink in the clubhouse at Royal St David’s we headed down to Aberdovey which is only around 45 minutes away. We actually stayed overnight at the course.
On arrival it was very similar to Royal St David’s, with a bigger car park but again had to cross the train tracks to get to the club. The reception was fantastic here we were given a number of options for food and ended up walking down to the harbor for some food.
We were expecting rain and 20mph winds for our round the next day. Watching the weather forecast our initial tee time of 1pm looked terrible, as we were staying in one of the onsite rooms I was already on the putting green when they pro shop opened. The team in the pro shop were great as they worked with us to get us out at 8.15am. It ended up raining a little for 6 holes and then stopped just leaving us with the wind… Which was great, as i manged to experience a true links test of rain and wind for a few holes… Something I won’t rush back to!
The practice facilities that I was on at 7am were good, there was a big putting green with flat and undulating areas which I thought was fantastic as it let me get some real practice for what I was going to be facing.
The chipping area was the biggest of the courses so far on the tour, there was however no range.
The 1st tee is just beyond the practice area, the 1st thing I noticed about Aberdovey was the lack of visual references. I think this was partly to do with the weather, but by no means is this a negative. What it actually does is bring another level of challenge as some of the bunkers and hidden from the tee so trying to pick markers on the course or in the distance is difficult. Despite this and the weather I went on to par the 1st 3 holes, two par 4’s and the 3rd hole is a blind par 3. Something I was becoming use to whilst playing links courses.
The flow of the course works really well, its actually similar to a figure 8. The only snag was when we played the 5th we ended up playing the 17th by mistake as we followed a group of members who walked in after 5 holes. There are not many signs directing you on the course, which was a little frustrating at times, especially on this occasion. The only reason we noticed we were playing the wrong hole was after our tee shots we noticed the flag was red and not yellow as per the front 9! School boy error anyway we turned around and off to the 6th we went.
The dunes are right on the edge of the course , which was very different to Royal St David’s where they are predominantly well away from the course.
Averdovey is definitely a tale of two halves, as we had a helping wind for most of the front 9 which is a par 34. The back nine the wind turns on you, and to make it even tougher it’s a par 37 on the back nine! The round flew by even in challenging conditions, the flow of the course was fantastic and the 18th hole has a little water running up the left with a massive green right in front of the club house and next to the practice facilities… So there is always someone watching your approach shot.
Despite the bad weather and feeling as if the back nine had well and truly beaten me up, I broke 100 and played 8 over my handicap.
This review is a tad shorter than some of the others, but please don’t take that as a negative. Aberdovey is a great course and I really enjoyed it I would be more than happy to go back and play it again! I would recommend anyone to go and play it and also great to encourage people to go see a part of Wales that is not regularly talked about.
Favorite Hole: 12th a 132 yard par 3. Sounds easy right? It’s an elevated green that plays to the top of the course. On the green you overlook the beach! It’s just a great looking hole and a great hole to play.. Just as long as you get on the green, in fact there is a video on my Facebook and Instagram ( Video Link – Click Here) of me playing the tee shot.
Welcome/Hospitality: 8 out of 10
Practice facilities: 6 out of 10
Course condition: 7 out of 10
Greens: 8 out of 10
Flow of course: 8 out 10
Course Ranking in Wales (as per golf monthly at time of booking): 3
Until Next Time, Happy Golfing,