the james braid trail

James Braid is widely considered one of the finest golf course designers of all time. He was responsible for more than 250 courses throughout the British Isles, including 10 in North Wales, which now make up the North Wales James Braid Trail. Wherever you see this icon you know the course was designed by James Braid.

Aberdovey – a traditional links golf course set by Cardigan Bay at the mouth of the Dyfi estuary. The course offers many signature James Braid features, including the famous blind par 3, the ‘Cader’.

Maesdu – is a parkland and links course, enjoying fine views of Snowdonia and Conwy, offering challenging play, with many water hazards

Porthmadog – with 18 holes combining heathland and natural links amongst the sand dunes of Tremadog Bay, is famous for its 14th. Called the Himalayas, a 378-yards par four drive over a huge natural bunker that hides the fairway from the tee.

Wrexham– this 18 hole inland course was to be one of James Braid’s last designs and includes one of his most challenging holes. The 7th is a 458-yard par four, doglegged where the fairway follows the valley to an elevated green protected by a large bunker.

Bangor St. Deiniol – a mature 18 hole championship standard course. Set on Bangor Mountain overlooking the historic cathedral city.

Holyhead – a delightful heathland course with undulating fairways bounded by bracken, broom and heather. There are spectacular panoramic sea views from the elevated 10th tee, while the blind shots, small greens and elevation changes reflect the James Braid philosophy of challenging play.

Pwllheli – an 18 hole offering breathtaking views in a stunning location. The course is unique in combining tree-lined parkland with links.

Rhyl – a 9 hole, 18 tee course of traditional seaside links with large fairways but tight, well guarded greens.

Old Colwyn – is a 9 hole meadowland course that’s full of character. The signature hole is the par three 7th.

Nefyn & District – A unique 26 hole championship golf course; a view of the sea from every tee; eight holes played on the now world-famous, well photographed ‘Point’, sometimes described as North Wales’ “Pebble Beach”.

James Braid Trail announces it first player to complete all the courses

Dylan Hughes with Club Captain Bob Thomas MBE The North Wales James Braid Trail is celebrating its first golfer to play all 10 of the James Braid courses in the region.  Pictured receiving his certificate from Club Captain Bob Thomas MBE is Dylan Hughes, a member of Bangor St Deiniol Golf Club and one of the James Braid designed courses.