Golf in Anglesey by Toby O’Connor

 

My name is Toby O’Connor, a Professional golfer from Anglesey, North Wales.  Currently I play at Conwy Golf Club but have been a member at The Anglesey Golf Club (Rhosneigr), Bull Bay GC and Henllys Hall GC.  I have been a keen golfer my entire life, starting at a young age and competing all over the world as a junior.  

At the age of 14 I gained a place on the North Wales Boys Squad through to when I was 16 when I went on to the Lee Westwood Golf School in Cheshire where I further worked on my game.  After completing college I then attended Bangor University where I was awarded a sports scholarship to raise the profile of golf, initially playing on an individual basis and then as 1st Team Captain for the new Bangor University Golf Club (BUGC) team successfully competing in the BUCS UK Championships.  I gained a BSc degree in Sports Science and Physical Education with a dissertation focus on Golf Psychology and after graduating decided to go full steam ahead with golf, turning professional at aged 21 to pursue my career as a Tour Player.  

After months of coaching and hard work I headed out to Portugal to compete on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour.  This was a fantastic experience, spending the majority of the winter competing against some of the best up and coming players in the world.  Gaining experience was the main goal of this first tour as it is a big step up from amateur golf, though through hard work and perseverance I managed to finish 19th in my last event of the series.  My overall goal is to compete on the European Tour and to achieve this I will be playing the Jamega Tour across the UK this coming summer 2017, to sharpen up my game ready for Qualifying School in September.

Golf plays a big part across Anglesey as the Island offers many different types of golf course.  My personal top 3 favourite courses are:

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This cliff hanging course is situated near Amlwch, providing stunning views and is also a tough test of your game.  Bull Bay is a links course although the ground is undulating, luscious and green.  The course, although tight in parts, is always in great condition.  You WILL need to have a low stinger in the bag though as when the wind gets up (always) it can be a gruelling 4 hours. The club itself is also very friendly, they provide good rates for 18 holes and have an excellent club house with great food.

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This scenic parkland trek is a joy to the eye throughout summer.  Being a short course it is easily playable and reasonably wide throughout making for an enjoyable game.  With plenty of drivable par 4’s it can also give you a confidence boost.  Henllys is in a fantastic spot with a lovely club house, the rates of play are reasonable and as a parkland course is good especially during the summer months.

 

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I will always have a soft spot for this course as this is where I first picked up a club.  The course is great fun and a proper links, with sand dunes and gorse everywhere.  The course is reasonably short, like Henllys but with being so open, when the Anglesey wind gets up, it can test even the hardened player.  An impromptu air show of Red Arrows, fast jets and helicopters is also never out of the question being next to RAF Valley.  The course has a nice club house and a large putting green out front.  The 18th is also, in my opinion, the best hole on the course (always nice to finish on a good hole).  The rates of play are reasonable and it is in fairly good condition all year round, making it playable even throughout the cold winter months.

The Island does offer 4 other courses; Storws Wen, Holyhead, Baron Hill & Llangefni.  If it’s a quick 9 holes, hitting some balls on the range and maybe some Footgolf you’re after then Llangefni provides this for you.  The undercover range great for those days where it’s not nice enough to be out there amongst the elements.

Enjoy your time golfing on Anglesey.