The 12th at Nefyn - the green is at the lighthouse!
After four holes we wondered why this course wasn’t on everyone’s must play list. We knew that we still had not seen the famous peninsula holes, yet we saw a series of excellent holes set along the ocean to open that had few peers for setting. These holes were every bit as good as the 9th and 10th at Pebble Beach, the only difference was that the architecture was not near as good.
In fact that sums up the weakness at Nefyn. The routing is really good (outside the problems with the 12th hole) and many of the holes are trulyy great. Nefyn has at least four holes, if not five, that have few rivals in golf. In fact the 12th may be one of the greatest holes in golf!
The green contours are simple, the bunkering is pretty poor and the grassing lines are simply what can be cut. The golf course has a setting that takes a back seat to none and yet the architecture adds almost nothing to the course. If the course were built by someone like Colt, this would have easily been a top 100 course in the world – the setting is that great! I think Nefyn is the one course that could rival Royal Porthcawl for the title of best course in Wales, but it will need a lot of work done around the greens and landing areas to create an interesting golf course to play – rather than an interesting course to look at.