Hole by Hole Tour
The Borth and Ynyslas golf course is a traditional links with 8 holes going North from the clubhouse as far as the sand dunes and Dovey estuary the remaining 10 holes return you to the clubhouse along the shores of Cardigan Bay towards the village of Borth.
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With a road running along the entire length of the hole on the left, the 18th fairway provides a bailout option. Second shots are played into a green protected on the left by a bunker and a water hazard to the right. A sympathetic putting area will meet those who find the green.
The second is our signature hole. An accurate drive is a prerequisite as out of bounds on the right and the sea to the left of this narrow fairway gives even the most confident player a daunting challenge, especially when there is a stiff breeze off the sea. The narrow green is at an angle to the fairway and is protected by two bunkers. Par is considered to be an excellent result on this hole.
The sea comes into play along the left hand side of the hole for it’s entire length and the two-tiered green is virtually on the beach. A strategically placed fairway bunker and a further three nearer the green makes this seemingly easy hole anything but.
The first par 5 is a gentle dogleg to the right around a house and garden, which protrudes onto the typical links fairway with undulations becoming more pronounced the closer you get to the green. Par is a formality with a following wind but not so with a stiff headwind.
An elevated back tee gives a good view of the fairway and surrounding rough that protects both sides of the fairway and a well-struck drive is needed to carry the road that crosses the course at around 200yds. Small dunes surround the green so second shots must carry to the green for the chance of a par, but beware of the bunkers on the right. A true links hole.
The 6th is one of the more unusual holes at Borth. A long, straight drive will reach the small dune in the middle of the fairway; veering left will find deep rough, veering right will find even deeper rough. Second shots are played into an elevated green, which has a slope at the front to catch any ball that falls short, and a steep bank to the rear which will retain your ball making a return onto the green rather hazardous.
The first par 3 is a hole which can vary from day to day depending on wind direction; club selection can vary from a PW to a 4 iron. Four bunkers surround the green but there is an option to play short and to the right which then opens up the putting area.
The is the longest hole on the course and in a northerly wind it will seem even longer. Thick rough on both sides of the fairway together with four strategically placed fairway bunkers mean that accuracy is just as important as is length. Thick rough protects the large green on three sides.
A par three with two bunkers guarding the approach, a further bunker pin-high to the left and the usual rough with OB close to hand on the right makes accuracy off the tee essential. A sloping green will test even the best exponent of putting skill.
Stroke index 2, the 10th is one of the truest tests of links golf at Borth & Ynyslas. Although fairly sheltered from the elements, the wind can be brutal as you begin your back 9. Thick rough left and out of bounds right means a well struck tee shot is a must. Large dunes run the length of the hole and can be treacherous to anyone holding a winning card. Walk away with a par here and you can hold your head high.
A typical links par 3, which is all carry with the green protected by three bunkers and deep rough. The superb views from the elevated tee provide further distraction to those whose concentration is beginning to lapse.
The only blind tee shot of the round is to an undulating fairway protected by dunes. More dunes surround the narrow green and a strategically placed bunker at 275yds will trap a failed attempt at the carry.
This is the most exposed hole on the course and is well defended by the prevailing wind. A good drive is essential to carry the road crossing the course and two fairway bunkers will trap an errant shot. Beware of going too far right as the deep undulations in the rough make recovery difficult. The innocuous looking green is not as flat as it appears on first sight.
A long par 3 with a green tight up against the sea wall makes this enough of a challenge in itself, but when you add in two bunkers in front of and three pot-bunkers alongside the left of a severely sloping green, par is an achievement to be savoured.
Lateral water hazard to the left and OB to the right makes this par 3 a good introduction to the final three holes ‘over the road’. Too long off the tee will see you through the green with a difficult downhill putt while if you are short off the tee, the ball will hold in the softer ground in front of the green giving a tough putt up the slope.
Many a good card has been destroyed by this hole. OB along the right, and a sloping fairway, which draws your ball towards the lateral water hazard on your left, do you dare to take the driver out or play safe with an iron off the tee? The sloping green tight by the lateral water hazard is not always easy to read.