In all golfing countries, there are a number of top tier courses that contribute to the overall standard throughout the land. Yet there is always one at the summit, a beacon that raises the standards for neighbouring golf courses. In Wales, there is little doubt that Royal Porthcawl is the pinnacle of golfing excellence.
In 1909, Porthcawl Golf Club became the second and final golf club in Wales to have the prestigious Royal title bestowed upon it, by King Edward VII. It confirmed the rapid rise of Royal Porthcawl, which had quickly established itself as a course of the highest repute since its opening in 1891.
Royal Porthcawl is renowned for being a very challenging course, with no easy holes to be found. If you gain a stroke on Royal Porthcawl, it is either by skill or luck, but you will undoubtedly have earned it. It all begins at the first tee, with the prevailing winds blowing as you try to gauge how to combat the deep faced bunkers that lie just in range, and all set against the backdrop of the ocean views that surround you. The sea will be visible to you from every hole, allowing you to take a moment to calm yourself in the serenity that abounds here, before stepping up for that all-important putt.
The course measures 7065 yards from the championship tees, and this classic coastal links will be a delight to play, especially if you can find enough sweet lies on the fairways. The gorse, which always seems to be found on the best links courses, sweeps around the fringes through the middle of the course. Royal Porthcawl is a truly special golfing experience, one that will stay with you forever.