Aberdovey Golf Course Review

Aberdovey is another traditional links course, with Harry Colt and James Braid involved in its design. The course is all about tight lies, rolling fairways and undulating approaches. Dry-firm surfaces and fast greens cut through and around the surrounding sand dunes that frame the links.

Like the best links courses, Aberdovey requires a strategic approach and many of the hazards can't be seen from the tee, so don't be too surprised to hit what you think is a perfect drive, only to find it in a bunker. There are plenty of blind shots, wooden railway sleepers in bunkers and even the railway itself, which skirts the inland part of the course.

The tides and changing winds ensure that conditions alter on a frequent basis, making club selection all-important. You will need every club in the bag - and probably more than one way to play them. Each of four par 3s all face in a different direction. The 173-yard par 3, 3rd features a blind tee shot played to a punchbowl green. If you get your club selection right, there's a great birdie chance on offer here.

You don't encounter the first par 5 until you get to the 7th, while the others are the 13th and 15th. The 15th is 503 yards long and runs along the railway. Despite a generous landing area, a tee shot well to the left gives the golfer a perfect line to the green. Those going right have their view obscured. The long, narrow, two-tier green is well guarded on the left and right by bunkers.

There are nine par 4s that can play over 400 yards, with relief at the short 8th and 16th, which offer birdie opportunities. The 18th hole is a great finishing par 4, measuring 443 yards. Play it right from the tee, close to the rough and the bunker, and it will open up the view into the green. Expect to be hitting a long iron or rescue club approach shot onto the biggest putting surface on the course.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.