Located in Caernarvonshire in North Wales, is one of Wales’ most iconic golf clubs and courses, Conwy, also soon to be host of the 2020 Curtis Cup. The fantastic links course welcomes in golfers of all abilities, where they can play overlooking the River Conwy and Conwy Mountain, which is why we have chosen this as our featured golf club of the month!
The beginning of Conwy Golf, Wales
The birth of Conwy Golf Course and Club dates all the way back to the 1800s, making it the third oldest golf course and club in Wales. First came the course, and then came the club.
Conwy’s story begins in 1875, when a group of members from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club visited the area of land in which the course is located, then known as the Morfa, just on the North Wales Coast near the town we know as Conwy. They discovered the area and realised just how much potential it really had, and so, Jack Morris, architect and nephew of the late great Scottish golfer, Tom Morris, was called in to professionally design the course layout. Jack Morris designed the first layout of 12 holes, but in 1895, he extended the course to 18 holes.
But then the First and Second World War happened, and the course was badly affected by the demands as it became a military base, and eventually a bombsite. Records of Conwy course between these dates are unknown. What we do know, however, is that major changes to the front 9 holes were made during the 1970s, and again in the 1980s.
Conwy Golf Club was founded in 1890 with a military mess hut donated from a neighbouring military camp as the clubhouse.
Sadly, during the summer of 1933, a fire destroyed the clubhouse and many old records, photos and trophies. A new one was promptly opened just a year later and remained as base until early 1990 when structure, facilities and space became an issue. Once again, the new and current clubhouse was built, opening in June 1996. Part of the old clubhouse still remains and now contains the visitor’s locker rooms.
It’s fair to say that the course and club has a vast and interesting history which has made it what it is today. Over the years, the course has played host to many iconic golfing events and welcomed in many golf legends.
Championship events have been held at Conwy since 1899, including the Mens’ Home Internationals in 2018, the Ladies’ and Girls’ Home Internationals and Boys’ Home Internationals in 2016, and it was most recently announced as hosts of the 2020 Curtis Cup.
A number of famous golfers have walked through Conwy’s doors and played the course. Most recently, there’s been Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Ryder Cup player, Victor Dubuisson, as well as the leading ladies of the golf scene, Laura Davies, Carin Koch and Melissa Reid.
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