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Aberdovey Golf Club, Station Road, Aberdovey, Gwynedd, Wales, LL35 0RT

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+44 (0)1654 767 493

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Hole by hole

Hole 1

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A long opening hole that usually plays into the prevailing wind. Playing it as a par-5 is advisable and achieving a rare 4 is enjoyable. The undulating fairway has no bunkers, nor does the green; this hole doesn't need them, but sloping stances and unpredictable bounces introduce the basic elements of pure links golf. The green site, surrounded by humps and hollows is the first of many where the flag is visible but the putting surface itself can be blind to the approach; such visual trickery makes distance judgement difficult and is a quirky feature of traditional links golf.  http://www.aerialgolfcaddy.com/coursedetails.php?course=aberdovey

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 5

Hole 2

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Teeing off from high in the dunes, the temptation to drive as close as possible to the green is great. However, a more subtle approach will reap benefits. A tee-shot placed short and on the upper plateau of the fairway offers a flat stance with an elevated view into the green. Longer tee shots will find a severely undulating approach and possible obscured views of the putting surface. Once there, the putting surface will relinquish a birdie to a well-read putt.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 3

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Reputation precedes the infamous blind and bunker free 'Cader' hole. There are few excellent blind par-3s left in the world and 'Cader' is one of them. Club selection is crucial here as being short is not an option, unless you relish a blind chip shot. Long is slightly less penal but a difficult up and down remains. Once the correct distance is achieved, the punchbowl green will normally gather shots that are slightly wayward of the black and white directional post. This hole can give you birdie, but it can also cost you dear.

Mens par par 3   Ladies par par 3

Hole 4

View the aerial flyover View the hole map From the 'pulpit' tee, the linksland gradually opens up now easing the golfer into a false sense of security. Tee-shots along the dunes on the left avoid all bunkers but will leave a slightly obscured view over yet another bunker to the tilted approach of the large green. Tee shots to the right have to skirt a line of fairway bunkers before approaching over the two greenside traps; but the green is more receptive at this angle.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 5

View the aerial flyover View the hole map The second par-3 and the only inland orientated hole on the course making wind direction a confounding factor. Bunkers left and right of the entrance mean a traditional links shot; straight, low and running, is the best option here. The sheltered teeing grounds mean that the wind direction may not be evident but it is almost always from the side pushing shots to the concealed ditch short and right. Again, distance judgement is essential; a short shot won't run up the front banking of the green, whilst an over aggressive will fail to hold the green that is flat on top.

Mens par par 3   Ladies par par 3

Hole 6

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Switching over to the inland side of the course, but still heading out from the clubhouse, we first encounter the railway line here. Tee-shots that skirt the out-of-bounds on the right open up the approach to the green on this par-4 that plays a lot longer than its length. The collection of bunkers short and left mean that the timid player may have to play away from the green with their approach. The green is probably the most undulating on the course so two putts is always good.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 7

View the aerial flyover View the hole map An exercise in restraint. After the challenging opening the temptation will be to go for birdie on the first of the par-5s and the wide sparsely bunkered fairway means the temptation to 'open your shoulders' is even more prevalent. Your second shot needs to avoid a line of bunkers. The excitement begins at the green that is long and narrowed by the bunkers that surround it. The 4 small 'pot' bunkers that frame the right hand side mean that any shot heading right is lucky not to find trouble.

Mens par par 5   Ladies par par 5

Hole 8

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Short and tempting, here birdie and bogey are as likely as one-another. Aggressive tee-shots must thread through an abundance of approach bunkers whilst a tentative tee-shot short may find the player's view of the green obscured by the very same hazards you aimed to avoid!

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 9

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Switching to head west briefly this unsung par-3 is as brilliant as any of the others on the course. As with all short holes on the course distance judgement is key here. The wind direction is difficult to gauge and the putting surface is invisible from the tee. The bunkers serve to deceive your distance judgement but there is plenty of room once the front bunkers are carried. A substantial hummock to the right could throw your ball onto the green or depending on your luck discard it well away.

Mens par par 3   Ladies par par 3

Hole 10

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Turning homeward briefly the first inward hole gives the players respite from the prevailing wind but still remains a tough test. Gorse right should be well out of play but the bunkers right challenge the player to attack them for the preferable angle into the green. Longer tee-shots must 'thread-the-needle' between those bunkers as well as those on the left hand side. The approach to the green is the easiest to access on the course with grass hollows and undulations on the right that may collect the ball but offer an easy recovery.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 5

Hole 11

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Turning outward again for the last time, the hidden gem of the course is visually subtle but very challenging. A tee shot left, away from the bunker and ditch sees your view of the green hindered by the tussocky undulations, but can potentially open up the difficult back-right pin-placement. Skirting with the bunker and ditch right off the tee opens up the ideal angle for the green that sits neatly between unkempt hummocks and a perfectly placed bunker.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 12

View the aerial flyover View the hole map A par-3 of unrivalled stature. 'Cader' is more famous but the 12th at Aberdovey is one of the hardest par-3s in British golf. Turning homeward for the long-run in, this relatively short hole sees the green perched atop the dynamic dune system with no bail-out options. Short or left sees the ball scampering down the side of the landform to an almost irrecoverable position whilst right is lucky to avoid falling off the edge of the course entirely! The green itself is benign and flat so, like many other holes on the course, birdie and bogey (or worse) go hand-in hand.

Mens par par 3   Ladies par par 3

Hole 13

View the aerial flyover View the hole map The longest par-5 on the course the 13th again tempts the golfer to 'open-up'. Hugging the dune line offers the best way to play the hole, despite your view being obscured by bunkers on your second and approach shots, as it removes the risk of the bunker front centre of the green. A hidden bunker to the back of the green means that overly aggressive shots are regularly punished. The substantial putting surface has a multitude of pin locations where the easier putts are actually closer to the right dune.

Mens par par 5   Ladies par par 5

Hole 14

View the aerial flyover View the hole map The final hole that hugs the dunes. Bunkers on the right of the fairway encourage the golfer to play left towards the concealed ditches that run along the hole. From the left the approach to the green is more open and lessens the risk of ending up in one of the two left green-side pot bunkers. The green is another large surface with many subtle breaks.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 15

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Switching sides of the course for the final straight, this par-5 runs along the railway and like the other par-5s, the temptation to try to make-up shots is apparent. Despite the vast landing area, a tee shot well to the left gives the golfer a 'clear-run' down the length of the green. Those erring right have their view obscured by the rough undulations that golfers have the option to carry, lay-up of, or take their luck of landing within them. The long, narrow, two-tier green is well guarded on the left and right by bunkers and hollows meaning that being short and straight is the preferred option.

Mens par par 5   Ladies par par 5

Hole 16

View the aerial flyover View the hole map There are an infinite number of ways to play this risk-and-reward par-4 but most birdies come from laying up into the relatively flat fairway and pitching on down the length of this small green. The substantial undulations short of the green can throw your ball in all directions so it is best to either opt short of them or take pot-luck. With the railway left most will err right. However, the green will only reject a ball flying in from this angle and send you into the deep hollow left of the green.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 17

View the aerial flyover View the hole map Yet another tempting long hole the width of the 17th cries out for you to 'let one loose'. For those with some restraint, the ideal angle sees your tee-shot as far left as you can go, skirting the undulations and tussocky grass in the rough. This angle opens up the green and means that you can use the banking to the right and rear of the green to control your approach. A tee-shot right, whilst seemingly untroubled means an approach to the green over a deep right front trap and with another bunker to the left rear.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 4

Hole 18

View the aerial flyover View the hole map One of the great finishing holes in Wales. Playing right from the tee, close to the rough and bunker opens up the view into the green. Expect a long iron or even wood approach onto the biggest putting surface on the course; one that is terrifyingly close to the clubhouse. Playing short and straight would be a wise play but like many of the other tempting long-holes you may be deceived into the attacking route.

Mens par par 4   Ladies par par 5