Bull Bay Golf Club Course Review

Bull Bay Golf Club Course Review
Round: £32.50 to £40 Sunday to Friday, £37.50 to £45 Saturday
Through 70, 6,276 yards
Slope 127
Director General’s Verdict An interesting, quaint, characterful and varied Fowler design that deserves far greater recognition
favorite hole The unique par-4 7th with a blind drive on the front before a trial approach down the slope beyond two stone outbuildings

Opened shortly before the First World War, this lightly bunkered Herbert Fowler design sits at the center of Anglesey’s scenic and steep north coast. Its elevated position means the wind is often a factor, but to compensate there are views out to sea and towards the Isle of Man that are simply stunning. There are constant changes in direction, each offering something new and unexpected, as well as very challenging questions.

Bull Bay Golf Club - Hole 1

A view of the opening green and the pretty bay beyond

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The round begins with a pair of challenging par 4s up the hill that will require concentration and good ball striking from the start. The 3rd is an equally demanding par 3, also without a bunker, and 200 yards from the back tee. Things don’t get much better in the next three, but all are interesting and different.

Bull Bay Golf Club - Hole 7

The seventh is a fabulous hole full of character with a challenging approach to the green

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Not everyone will warm up to the 7th as the drive has to be in cold blood over the marker post to a hidden fairway. If successful, a very attractive green site awaits you on the hill beyond.

Bull Bay Golf Club - Hole 9

Looking behind the elevated ninth green

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The 8 is the first par 5, again with a delicate drive, then to an elevated green and therefore playing longer than its 475 yards. The front nine ends with another descending and ascending par 4, this time on a beautifully situated green that seems like it was just meant to be there.

Bull Bay Golf Club - Aerial View

An aerial view of the idyllic and very natural layout of Bull Bay

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The back nine has a thrilling 3-5-3 start with the par-5 11th on a wonderfully bumpy fairway. The 13 is a soft dogleg par 4, but now you need to prepare for a really solid finish.

Bull Bay Golf Club - Hole 15

The fifteenth is a beautiful winding par 5

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The 14th is another dogleg on the left where you have to be long enough to see the green, and the 15th is the final, par 5 roller coaster. There is a slight respite at the short 16th, but the last two are of excellent long par 4s that go in opposite directions. If the wind doesn’t carry you on one, it will on the other! A really strong ending to a captivating and unusual round.

The Isle of Anglesey has four varied 18-hole courses and is therefore a very interesting, alternative and affordable golf destination. bull bay is an extremely friendly club where staff and members take the time to welcome visitors. If he weren’t so off the beaten track – a strength far more than a weakness – he would be much better known. North Wales is full of quality golf courses and Bull Bay is one of its most interesting and varied courses.

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