Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

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What we say

The host of 2014's British Senior Open is considered by many as the best course in Wales. A good links course offering an all round strong package. Always in fine condition. This is arguably the Prince among Wales’ courses. Despite the ugly industrial backdrop, Porthcawl guarantees a memorable links golfing experience - as Tiger Woods discovered when being brought to his knees in the 1995 Walker Cup.

If you like sea views you’ll love this as the Bristol Channel can be spied from all 18 holes of The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. You may not notice the shipping lanes early on, since your attention is dominated by attempts to avoid the beach and rocks. Indeed the start is spectacular but Porthcawl has many great moments and a deserved reputation of championship pedigree.

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In February 1892, Charles Gibson, the Westward Ho! professional, was invited to Porthcawl where he stayed and laid out the nine-hole course, but three years later it was decided to move to the present location and extend the golf course adding nine more holes on land forming part of the Manor of Sker.

Another three years on and the original nine holes were abandoned and the present 18 established, giving rise to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. King Edward VII bestowed the honour of Royal status on the club in 1909 and in 1932 the Prince of Wales visited the club with some of his friends who were members.

Royal Porthcawl has hosted many leading amateur and pro tournaments, including the Amateur Championship (six times), the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, European Team Championship, the Home Internationals (eight times) plus the Ladies British Open Amateur, Dunlop Masters, the Penfold and the Coral Classic.

Accommodation: There’s dormy house facilities on-site featuring six single rooms and three twin-bedded (all en-suite).

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.4 out of 5
  • Address
  • Tel 01656 782251
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees Monday - Thursday: £120; Fridays £130; Weekends & Bank Holidays £135
Course Length 6,578 yards (6,015 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4 out of 5 At least Dick Turpin wore a mask?

    By Lyno

    A very good links course and without doubt one of the best in Wales. Not as good as P and K back nine but far superior front nine. Charge far, far too much per round and have played St Andrews for far less money. Still a tad pretentious I feel at Porthcawl.

  • 5 out of 5 Excellent links golf...played it during 2010 Ryder Cup came over from Athens, GA

    By Gusser2004

    Perfect day for links golf. Temperature was in the high 40s to low 50s, it was raining, and the wind was blowing between 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 I think. The first tee I hit my drive about 260 but had to start it out of bounds left just to keep it in the fairway! I remember hitting a knock down 5 iron 120 yds and then two holes later hitting the same 5 iron 260 yds. I played great and shot 78. Pro said no one had broken 80 in two days because of the wind. Needless to say it was a memorable round and would love to play it again one day. Man I love links golf and Royal Porthcawl is a must play for those visiting the UK for golf. Excellent value as the Royal courses go too!

  • 4.5 out of 5 A true, quality test of a golfers ability!

    By LUTINO77

    I played the course on Friday 12th March, Tee Off Time 9.00am, weather was drizzly with sunny spells. I have played for 20 years and play off a solid 15 handicap. I played with 2 friends and we paid £50 each for the round. The booking was very easy and they had a wide range of tee times available, in fact the guy who took the booking couldn't be more helpful. My first thoughts as we pulled into the car park was that we had arrived at an old, prestiges course that is stooped in history (getting changed in the adequate changing room whilst looking at Walker Cup photos off Tiger, Padraig and David Howell kind of fills you with the Wow factor before you hit a ball) The Pro shop is adequately stocked and the members that we encountered were exceptionally friendly and polite. From the moment you walk to the first tee and you have the wind and ocean to your left you know you are about to play a course that is going to inspire. The tee offs were flat, well grassed and the choice of playing on the white tee offs was a pleasent surprise. The Greens were quick and considering it was March they were in great condition and i am sure in summer would be amazing. Every putt we hit was true and again for the time of year thats a big compliment to the green staff. Every hole is very different and the Par 3s in particular were outstanding, covered in bunkers (amazing quality, full of sand and almost a delight to get into!) and tricky greens simply added to the test. Fairways were well grassed and what was so impressive was that the green staff were out re seeding every divot to keep them in the great condition we found them. We played the Roman Road course the following day and there is no comparison this course is head and shoulders better, its more challanging, more inspiring, more welcoming, worth the money and in far better condition. The only slight negative was the clubhouse offered a restricted meal afterwards but with a lovely town close by it didnt matter to us. All in all this course is worth every penny of its fee and is a credit to links courses-i hope you also find standing on the 1st tee as inspiring as i did.  

  • 4.5 out of 5 true golf

    By dirkdiggler0708

    this was by far the best course i have played it has all the tradition and a stunning course to boot we had fantastic weather as well which helped but would still like to play when windy we enjoyed it so much we played it again on same day more so because we did not do it justice 1st time round but 2nd time we knew were to put ball and where not will return again to this welsh wonder

  • 4 out of 5 Wow, that wind

    By gslack

    Played this course twice, each time in 20 mph winds. Tough course in a blow. Full of history. Can't be missed!

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