Situated only a mile or so from Clough Williams Ellis' world-famous Italianate village at Portmeirion, the Porthmadog golf course was created at the turn of the century by James Braid, the genius course designer of his day. The course has two distinct halves - the front nine are away from the coast and although the soil is sandy the terrain is more accurately described as heathland. But it is none the worse for that, especially with the presence of water making itself felt on five of the holes.
The back nine head for the sea, and some beautiful scenery, and the course is transformed into pure links that have been likened to a miniature Troon. Certainly, there's a lot to the locals' claims that these are the most natural nine holes in Wales. None come tougher or more fascinating than the 14th. Visitors can book their tee time here or call 00 44 1766 512037.
Ty Mawr, Porthmadog Porthmadog, Llyn Peninsula This delightful house sits comfortably in the peaceful landscape looking towards the beach at Black Rock Sands, between Criccieth and Porthmadog. After three generations of farming the tenancy reverted back to the owner, who with her Architect husband have transformed Ty Mawr to the glorious house it is today. Featured in The Handbook 2017.
Sleeps : 6
£525 - £1250 per week
Changeover day : Fri
Bwthyn Y Mor Borth Y Gest, Lleyn "In the pretty seaside village of Borth y Gest where you can walk to the beach, head out along the coastal path or simply watch the world go by!"
Sleeps : 6
£435 - £935 per week
Changeover day : Sat
Discount for parties of 12 or more - please telephone for details.