Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubwww.royalporthcawl.com
"Royal Porthcawl epitomises all that is best about the game, as it once was, even down to a creaking clubhouse that is as unchanging as the magnificent links and unrivalled hospitality"
Royal Porthcawl was described as being one of the twelve finest courses in the world by the late Tom Scott, a leading writer on golf and former editor of Golf Illustrated. Since his day the club has acquired a large practice area and further improvements have been made to the course, developments which keep Royal Porthcawl firmly among the world's top golf courses.
The status of the course is sustained by the many prestigious professional and amateur events held at the club over the years. The course has a magnificent setting sloping down to the seashore. The absence of sand hills usually found on links courses enables the golfer to see the sea from every hole and to enjoy memorable views south to Somerset and Exmoor, and northwest across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula.
With holes facing into every point of the compass, the player is always tested by the wind and will probably need every club in the bag.
Location: Porthcawl, South Wales
Year founded: 1891
Courses: Royal Porthcawl, 7065 yards
Architect: Charles Gibson, Harry Colt, Tom Simpson
Hole #1 - 374 yards par 4
A short opening hole played into the prevailing wind. The drive is struck down the right side as the fairway runs away to the sea on the left, leaving a short iron to a large green with difficult slopes and undulations.
Hole #18 - 459 yards par 4
This hole emphasises the statement made by a leading golf writer that Royal Porthcawl is a thinking man's golf course. With the wind off the sea, this has to be one of the finest finishing holes in golf. Club selection throughout this hole is critical. The second shot is played to a green running from front to back with magnificent rolls and undulations that require careful putting.
Course played: Royal Porthcawl
Date played: 19th October, 2011