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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club – Course Review

Royal Porthcawl GC is the no.1 ranked golf course in Wales and it’s easy to see why. This true championship links plays over 7,000 yards off the black pegs and boasts stunning sea views that help it rank among the best courses in the UK.

When you get to the first tee you are greeted by a stunning sea vista overlooking Rest Bay, truly breath-taking. Once you’ve got your breath back, you soon realise that the opening hole is fairly straightforward and you should have a good chance of opening your round with a par. Having said that, you still need to negotiate the dreaded pot bunkers off the tee! The bunkers at Royal Porthcawl are what can only be described as “proper hazards”. The bunkers are deep and the course is riddled with them from fairway to green, so either your iron play needs to be precise or your bunker play had better be sharp!

Another great feature of Royal Porthcawl is its incredibly undulating greens. So you’ve done the hard work, you’ve hit the fairway and avoided the pot bunkers & gorse, you’ve hit the green and avoided the greenside bunkers & run-offs…..and then you’re faced with a tricky 2 putt just to make par. Your work is never done at Royal Porthcawl, it’s a course not for the faint hearted!

There are many great holes at Royal Porthcawl GC and you could make an argument for a hand full of them being the “signature” hole, but for us it has to be the 13th and what hole it is! A dogleg left playing into the prevailing wind. If you’re playing off the yellow tees (410 yards) you can probably reach it in 2 with a long iron, if you happen to be playing off the back pegs (Black tees - 475 yards) you’ll probably be laying up and trying to get up & down for your par. The tee shot is tough, you must hug the left hand side of the fairway for the shortest line into the green for your second shot, but you must avoid the bunker that is in play on the left and if you push it right there is long rough and the dreaded gorse waiting to gobble up your ball! If you’ve managed to button a drive down the middle of the fairway you will be playing from an elevated position well above the green, which makes it near impossible to flight you ball down under the wind. The green is undulating and is protected by the ever present pot bunkers & run offs. If you make a par on this hole you’re probably picking up a shot or 2 on the field or buying the drinks in the bar after the round! Surely one of the toughest par 4s anywhere in the UK!

The 18th hole brings you back to the distinctive clubhouse with the ever present Rest Bay in the foreground. You typically play it into the prevailing wind, which can make this fairly modest length finishing hole somewhat of a brute! Take your par and walk off the green with your head held high as you may have some on-lookers in the clubhouse.

All in all Royal Porthcawl GC offers a quality links layout that has a great mixture of short & long par 4’s, incredibly well designed par 3’s and reachable par 5’s, which makes for the most enjoyable of rounds regardless of how you play on the day.

However, the experience doesn’t end there!

Once you’ve finished your round you can experience the quirky old clubhouse that is full of the club’s history and the bar even has its own custom ale on tap! If you’re lucky enough to play on a warm summer’s day, you can take advantage of the veranda and watch the wave’s crash against the shore of Rest Bay, whilst you sip on a well-deserved Royal Porthcawl ale as you reminisce about the experience of your round and the wonders of the finest course in Wales.

Why not test your skills on this fine quality links & maybe even sample the Royal Porthcawl ale for yourself?

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