What we say
Historic, difficult with an excellent design. A fair examination, even if only a handful of holes make full use of the gigantic dune system. A tough links with a miserly par of 69. The epitome of robust.
Stunning links in a stunning location, Royal St David’s will literally blow you away. Overlooked by the towering castle up on the hill, this celebrated links is laid out on fairly flat land but is always interesting, always classy although glimpses of the sea are few and far between. But we can assure you it is there lurking beyond the giant sand dunes. St David’s has a stirring closing stretch of holes, unusually featuring a par-3 finale. “I love links golf and it doesn't get much purer than Royal St David's. It's a great course, one of my favourites" says 1963 Open champion Bob Charles.
Any mention of Royal St David's Golf Club is bound to conjure up images of Harlech Castle which stands on the hill overlooking the golf course. Most of the holes are placed inland of the craggy duneland which is finally explored from the 14th. The challenging par 4 15th and 17th holes will live long in the memory.
The youngest of what might be called Britain's senior clubs, Royal St David's Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is most certainly royal - Edward VII gave the club his patronage and the Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII), while he was Prince of Wales, captained the club in 1934.
Over the years the golf course has hosted many top events, including five Ladies' Championships, nine sets of Home International Matches (ladies', men's and boys') and 11 Welsh Amateur Championships and Welsh Ladies Championships.
Accommodation: The Castle Cottage (restaurant with rooms) in Harlech and guest houses Y Branwen and Noddfu are both very close to the golf course.
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- Address Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech, Gwynedd, , HARLECH
- Tel 01766 780361
- Website www.royalstdavids.co.uk
|Green Fees||Mon-Fri £55; Sat-Sun £65.|
|Course Length||6,263 yards (5,727 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course does not have: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
The second successive year we've played 36 holes here - it was just as good as we recalled from our first visit and lived up to our hype for the new guys with us. The only disappointment being the change to the 17th hole which needs a marker post for the driving line. The course is a challenging mix of narrow and long par 4s, 2 back to back par 5s and 4 par 3s. The par 4s and 5s have some well placed bunkers which make you think carefully about club selection. Straight tee shots are rewarded with the opportunity to score - wayward ones are punished and there is some extremely penal rough for the really off line shots. Playing par to handicap here is a challenge but would be a great sense of achievement. We will be over subscribed for next year's visit.
sorry to say we found the course a slight let down as only 3 holes are actually in the dunes. do score well on the front 9 as the back 9 always seems to play into the wind thus making some of the par 4s hard to reach in 2 shots. the castle acts as a nice back drop though
Great course layout and in superb condition. Good quick greens, tight links fairways and punishing rough - not for the faint hearted! Play to your handicap here and you have had a great day. Well worth a treck to get there. If michelin rated golf courses then this would be a 3 star!!!
This is a typical links for much of the front 9; fast greens, undulating fairways. The back 9 is spectacular, especially holes 14, 15, 16. On a clear day the views are superb. Hard to score well on.
Definatley worth a day out (and if you can play Nefyn the next day) A true links course.
Old fashioned links course, great to play in the autumn and winter when it’s quiet, I’ve had better scores around Birkdale. Great greens and narrow fairways, a hidden gem worth a day out. Keep the fairway woods in the bag and play irons to ensure you stay in play, get it done on the front nine because it only gets harder especially when the wind blows