The James Braid Golf Trail in North Wales is a series of ten golf courses across the region that were designed by James Braid, the famous golf course architect. In this article, we look at Rhyl Golf Club.
Scotsman James Braid (1870-1950) was a celebrated golf course architect and five times winner of the Open Championship. He designed many golf courses in his lifetime, with his best known work being that done at Gleneagles and Carnoustie.
The courses that Braid designed had several common features. In particular, James Braid courses are known for the way they take advantage of the land’s natural layout, features and obstacles, with players being rewarded for accurate play. Playing for position is encouraged on Braid courses, through the use of dog legs. However, despite the common features, holes still vary greatly in length and character.
There are several courses throughout Britain that were designed or redesigned by James Braid, and of these, there are ten across the North Wales area. Braid’s North Wales courses are linked together in the North Wales James Braid Golf Trail, with golfers who play all ten courses and send in their stamped course cards being rewarded with a special certificate. Courses on the trail include Wrexham, Nefyn, Bangor St Deiniol and Rhyl, which is the course we’re looking at in this feature.
Established in 1890, Rhyl Golf Club is a founder member of the Welsh Golfing Union. At Rhyl Golf Club golfers play just yards away from the Irish Sea on a 9 hole (18 tee) challenging links course (Rhyl was originally an 18 hole course, stretching towards Rhyl’s Alexander Hospital).
The fairways at Rhyl are large but tight, with well-guarded greens to challenge golfers of all levels. The course is par 71 (off the white tees) and is testing for any golfer, especially when the north and west winds are blowing.
At Rhyl, where the greens are fast and firm and always in excellent condition, playing conditions in winter are particularly good – it’s a very dry course so golf is great here all year round.
The signature hole at Rhyl Golf Club is the 9th, which has a number of pot bunkers along the fairway and around the green. The 458 yards hole plays into the wind and is a par 4 on the outward 9 and a par 5 on the inward 9 – as Rhyl is a nine-hole course you’ll play the same hole twice but on a different tee. With out of bounds on the left and bunkers dotted along the fairways – and the green being protected by deep bunkers – the 9th is out of range in two shots for many golfers.
Rhyl Golf Club has an excellent clubhouse which was rebuilt in 2009. The clubhouse offers excellent business facilities and a function room with great catering and a well-stocked bar. Throughout the year many ticketed events take place at Rhyl Golf Club, including Christmas and new year parties, competitions and presentations.
Deals and offers
Check the Rhyl Golf Club website for the latest deals and offers, which include £10 green fees all week, and a buggy for £12.
Facts and figures
Size: 9 holes
6220 yards par 71
Address: Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3RE
Tel: +44 (0)1745 353171
In the area
The course is in the popular seaside resort of Rhyl on the North Wales Coast. The town boasts an array of fun activities and attractions, and is within easy reach of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. Also easy to reach by train, bus or car are the mountains, coast and attractions of Snowdonia; Bangor, Caernarfon and the Conwy Valley can all be reached within an hour or so by car or train.