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Bala Golf Club, Gwynedd

Founded in 1909, the original 18 hole course with well guarded greens and natural hazards of hedges and ditches was laid out on the banks of the River Dee on Berthlafar Fields; it was eventually reduced to 9 holes. The course was constantly plagued by flooding and in the mid 1920s it was decided that the club should move to a new higher location at Hendre Ddu and later Penlan. Local hotel was the White Lion.

  Secretaries Membership Greenkeepers
1914 W Hughes, Bank House, Bala 56 gents, 30 ladies  
1923 R D Roberts, Nat Provincial Bank, Bala 36 gents, 20 ladies  
1928 A Maddock-Jones, Tawelfan, Bala    
1940 - 1947 W H Jones, 60 High Street, Bala 120 E Roberts
1951 Rev G Davys Jones, Llanfor Rectory   T Simon

Initially, visitors’ fees were 1/6d a day, 5/- a week, increasing to 2/6d a day, 7/6d a week, and 15/- a month by 1947. There were no restrictions on ladies’ play. Sunday play was not allowed.

The course was listed from the mid 1950s to 1966 when the secretary was G T Leary, Hendre Ddu and the greenkeeper T Simon. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a day, 10/- a week and 21/- a month. Country membership was 31/6d.


Bala Golf Club course at Bertlafar Fields.

The first Bala course was at Berthlafar Fields.
Grid reference SH94775,36525, co-ordinates 294775,336525.



Bala Golf Club, Gwynedd, course at Hendre.

Grid reference SH91600,36370, co-ordinates 291600,336370.