Royal St David's Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Royal St David's Golf Club Est. 1894

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Royal St David's Golf Club: Under the brooding towers and ramparts of splendid Harlech Castle, Royal St David's stands tall as one of the great links courses of Wales. The firm fast fairways and well-paced true greens are all that you'd expect of a championship links course. The front nine is played on flattish terrain, tucked in behind large sand dunes that provide a degree of protection from the wind. The final stretch of holes on the back-nine is where many would say this classic links layout really earns its stripes.

The hazards and dangers at "Harlech" are generally visible from the tee, as are wonderful views across to the mountains of Snowdonia. Well-positioned bunkering, water ditches and deep rough will all need to be factored into your course management. After the flatter terrain of the front-nine, the long par-3 14th takes you in amongst the sand dunes, and the most interesting and testing part of the course. Climb the steps at the 16th tee, and you'll get a glimpse of Tremadog Bay beyond the dunes.

Golfing aficionados from Bernard Darwin to Bernard Gallacher have described "Harlech" as one of the world's great golfing treasures. With an SSS of 73 from the tips, it is also one of the world's toughest par-69 layouts. Royal St David's keeps good company with its English (St George's) and Scottish (St Andrews) "patron-saint" counterparts. Like these other venerable courses, it is a must-play for lovers of links golf.

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Making Contact

Royal St David's Golf Club
Newydd Rd (A496),
Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2UB
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Office   +44 (0)1766 780 361
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1766 780 857

  +44 (0)1766 781 110

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Golf Pro
Gareth Lewis (Head Golf Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
Designer: Harold Finch-Hatton
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6629 6263 5787
Par 69 69 74
SSS or Slope 73 71 74
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How2Get There?

44 miles S of Bangor / 55 miles N of Aberystwyth
10 miles north of Barmouth, to the west of Harlech on the A496.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' early-Oct): Sun-Fri £55; Sat £65. Reduced day ticket, junior and twilight rates. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap advised: men 24, women 36. Handicap certicate required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Edward VII conferred the Royal prefix on St David's GC in 1908. By royal prerogative, two Welsh golf clubs can use the "Royal" title, namely: Royal St David's and Royal Porthcawl. | Royal St David's has had many distinguished Captains, including in 1935 the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and then the Duke of Windsor).

The club has hosted many top Welsh and British amateur championships, including the British Youths Amateur Championship in 1994, won by Freddie Jacobson. More recently the club hosted the Welsh Seniors Open. For more details view Top Golf Tournaments at Royal St David's Golf Club.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 62nd best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (52.858144)
Longitude: (-4.112111)
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Hotel Maes-y-Neuadd 4-star
Talsarnau, nr Harlech, Gwynedd LL47 6YA
+44 (0)1766 780 200

This 14th century country house hotel, set in quiet countryside, is located close to Harlech Castle and the Snowdonia National Park. It enjoys a much deserved reputation for having one of the best restaurants in Wales - a gastronomic delight.

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Noddfa Guest House 
Ffordd Newydd, Harlech, North Wales LL46 2UB
+44 (0)1766 780 479

Situated in the Snowdonia National Park, Noddfa overlooks the Royal St. David's golf course on the A496 road and has magnificent panoramic views of Mount Snowdon, Tremadog Bay and Harlech castle itself.

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