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Bala Lakeside Golf Club, Gwynedd. (1965 - 2000)

This course first appeared in the early 1960s and was called Bala Lakeside Golf Club. It was a nine-hole parkland course just off the B4403 and adjoined the Bala Lake Hotel. Greens from the recently closed Colwyn Bay Golf Club were relaid on the Bala Lake course.

Report on the new club in May 1965.


Bala Lake Hotel Golf Club, Gwynedd. The new golf club for North Wales.

Cheshire Observer Friday 7 May 1965. Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


1972 - Secretary J R Jones.  The course measured 4,527 yards, with a SSS of 61. Amateur course record P Riley (63). Visitors’ fees were 50p a day, £1 a day at weekend and Bank Holidays and £3.15 a week.

In 1998 the course had been reduced to 3,818yds. It closed in about 2000. The photographs below, taken in 2006, show the features of the course which were still discernible, with Bala Lake in the background.


Deserted Bala Lake Golf Club course in 2008.

Sheep roaming the old fairways in 2008. Authors Collection.


Bala Lake Golf Club - A former green in the centre?

One of the greens can be made out in the centre of the picture. Authors Colletion.


Whilst visiting the area recently (May 2011) I noticed that the course had reopened. I believe it is being run by the John Lewis Partnership for the use of its members and guests.