GOLFING IN WALES
The past year, almost two years now, I feel I’ve started my posts with the following: “Now it’s a really long time since my last post”. Well, I’m not going to do that this time (even though it’s no less true this time).
Last year, my good friend Tom and I went to South Africa for two weeks, mainly plaing golf. Now that we’re both working men, we had to shorten the time span some, so we met in Manchester, England and drove to Wales for four days of golf!
I arrived early Friday morning at the airport, and Tom picked me up in his new Mazda. We drove straight to the first golf course, Royal St. David’s Golf Course in Harlech. Harlech is a small village on the west coast of Wales, about an hour south of Caernarfon. Harlech is known for its Edwardian castle (approx. 12th century). The St. David’s golf course is located in the sand dunes just below the castle, so you see the castle from every hole on the course. Being a links course, the greens are big and undulated. And it’s windy. Despite the heavy winds, I played very well, scoring 34 points (with 20 additional strokes). The best part of the St. David’s golf course was the front nine and the beautiful weather.
We stayed in the caravan cabin of Tom’s parents. It was located with a beautiful view near Conwy in the north of Wales. The second day, we drove back south again, this time heading out on the LLeyn peninsula and Abersoch golf club. This day, Wales definitely showed us from a different side, it poured down all day long. Both Tom and I realized that our waterproof kits were spectacular, keeping the rain at a comfortable distance.
After a moist morning in Abersoch, we headed back to Conwy, hoping to get a glimpse of the Celtic fayre, but it had closed for the day. So we headed on a small pub to pub round, trying some great beer at several different, great pubs.
It was time for another try to golf on the LLeyn peninsula, but this time on the north side. About 1h 30 min from Conwy, we arrived at Nefyn, where we found an absolutely stunning golf course – Nefyn and District Golf Club. Six of the back nine holes are located on a narrow peninsula, allowing no errors on any shots longer than 5 yards. We offered some golf balls to the Gods of the sea, of course, but managed surprisingly well. We both ended the round with birdies on the 18th – the day ending with a tie in the Erasmus challenge 2011 competition! The day was a mixture of clouds and pouring rain, but ended with beautiful sunny evening sun.
In the evening, back in Conwy, we had dinner with Tom’s brother and parents. It was very nice to see them again!
No long drive on the last day, we were challenging the local golf course, Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club. It is infamous for its difficult back nine. I perfectly understood this and played well the first nine, and failing miserably on the back nine. Tom on the other hand, had a less than happy front nine, but played great during the narrow, bushy back nine. He won the last round of the Erasmus challenge 2011, but the overall winner was me (wohoo). I crushed Tom with two wins and a draw (2.5 wins), over his 1.5 wins.
I won this time, but the Erasmus challenge adventure isn’t over, and other challenges are to come!
Hopefully I’ll be able to add some more pictures later, when I get pictures from Tom’s camera as well.