This article has been submitted by leading food and travel journalist, Angela Youngman.
North Wales Tourism has launched a Golfing Festival in a bid to attract lucrative golfing expenditure to the area, while raising awareness of the range of golf courses available.
The three day festival takes place between April 5-7, and targets amateur golfers. Play on the first day is at the Conwy Golf Club which is a classic seaside links and will be hosting the 2020 Curtis Cup. The following day, participants travel to the Royal St Davids Golf Club which has been voted the number two golf course in Wales. This is a spectacular site surrounded by towering sand dunes and overlooked by Harlech Castle, with the mountains of Snowdonia in the background. On the final day, the competition moves to Northrop GC, on the Welsh/English border near Chester where the final games will be played and the prize presentation held.
Throughout the festival, competitors will stay at the Bay Hotel in Llandudno.
Many Evans, resident golf expert with North Wales Tourism says:
“ This is a fantastic opportunity for keen amateurs to try out some of the most challenging golf courses in the UK in the most beautiful locations. We’re already taking bookings from people across a wide area.”
To further support the initiative, North Wales Tourism has produced 50,000 free full colour guides showcasing 14 courses in North Wales including courses in Anglesey, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan, Rhyl and the Vale of Llangollen. A selection of golf friendly places to stay such as the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon and the Valley on Anglesey are included in the brochure.
With over 4m golfers in the UK, demand for golfing breaks is always high. Research by Sports Marketing Surveys has indicated that 85% of golfers have taken a golf break of between three and six days either in the UK or overseas, and that almost half of all golfers now take golf holidays. Golf is also popular with the corporate market, enabling business and pleasure to be combined. According to Sheffield Hallam University UK consumer spending on golf totaled £4.3 billion in 2014, and that Wales’ share was £258 million.