Official Opening of New 12th Hole

Aberdovey Golf Club was delighted to welcome Ken Skates, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, to open the newly designed and rebuilt 12th green on 6th February 2017.

The winter storms of January 2014 devastated areas of the Cardigan Bay coastline including the 12th green at Aberdovey Golf Club when fierce winds and waves washed away large swathes of the sand-dune system and about one third of the putting green and surrounding area. The hole was necessarily removed from play, and in order to continue to provide 18 holes of testing golf, the 538 yard, par 5 13th hole was “divided” to provide two new holes, a par 4 and par 3.

The Economy Secretary officially opened the new 12th green and said: “It gives me great pleasure to see this iconic course restored to its former glory following the devastation caused in 2014. I’m sure that there are many visitors and locals who are looking forward to get to grips with this challenging and stunning course in its full splendour. Golf tourism is extremely important to the Welsh economy and we’ve seen a 64%increase in the volume of golf visitors to Wales since 2004. In 2015, £41.2m was spent on golf tourism in Wales and Visit Wales’ work in raising the profile of golf in Wales will continue to sustain these figures.”
As well as restoring the historic course to its previous design, the Club was mindful of its standing within the best links courses in Wales, and its ties to the local community not only as a major employer, but as an economic driver with some ten thousand visitors each year contributing greatly to the businesses in the local

The course sits within a SSSI and the Club is grateful for the support and advice given by both Natural Resources Wales and Gwynedd Council during the restoration. A team from the STRI [Sports Turf Research Institute] was engaged for design and advice on ecology and agronomy and they worked closely with the local Natural Resources Wales office throughout the process. Contractors M J Abbott Ltd. of Salisbury, having great expertise in golf course construction, were engaged to recreate the iconic hole which took about three months to complete at a cost of £120k which was funded by the Club, insurance and a grant from the Gwynedd Council Business Recovery Fund.

The history and traditions of golf at Aberdovey have always been essential characteristics of the Club and we are delighted that the end result is a stunning recreation of the 12th green which continues to provide enjoyment and a true test of golf for members and visitors alike.

In 2017 the Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary, having been formed in July of 1892; this has been enhanced by the course recently being rated the second best links course in Wales and continuously rated highly in the top 100 courses in GB and Ireland. Aberdovey regularly plays host to a number of amateur tournaments, and this year will again host the Welsh Amateur Championships at the end of July.

Posted: 06/02/2017