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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7068 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7068 yards
Blue 72 6870 yards
White 72 6580 yards
Yellow 72 6303 yards
Red (W) 75 5840 yards
Scorecard for Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 71.2/120 343 421 440 201 491 345 129 427 358 3155 317 178 517 392 145 440 414 482 403 3288 6443
White M: 70.7/118 320 407 328 178 459 341 118 404 343 2898 306 152 498 369 146 403 389 464 378 3105 6003
Red W: 74.7/136 316 360 325 155 436 328 119 384 299 2722 288 143 485 339 138 382 386 437 331 2929 5651
Handicap 10 4 8 14 16 2 18 12 6 9 13 3 7 17 1 5 15 11
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 15 3 13 7 1 17 9 5 10 16 2 4 12 18 6 8 14

Course Details

Year Built 1892
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Simpson (1933) Tom MacKenzie (2013) Martin Ebert (2013) Fred G. Hawtree (1925) John Henry Taylor (1925)

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Smart-casual

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5.0
2 Reviews (2)
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Windy weather

Wales' Championship test

If you love your golf to have "Championship Pedigree' then Porthcawl is the course in Wales for you. No blind shots, everything is in front of you, bunkers are penal and placed in obvious places to make approaches difficult; all of this adds up to a fair test of golf. If the Open was to come to Wales this is the place; it should have been the place for the Ryder Cup.
This is a links test. Plenty of holes with long distances, which this club will let you play if you show them a handicap to match those criteria. The opening holes along the ocean is anticlimatic, but the rest of the holes do provide views of the ocean. Really strait forward links golf where controlling the ball flight in the wind is essential and missing the green can lead to recovery powers of a high order.
Off the course, the members are very nice and proud of their club. The bar and restaurant staff are very pleasant. In most cases, you get a breakfast or lunch with your round. My only regret might be not staying at the "Dormy" house accommodations on site.
If going to Wales, this should probably be at the top of your list; unless you really enjoy the quirk. Excellence all around.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played

The undisputed alpha dog of golf in Wales

The great appeal of Wales as a golf destination is in its quirky links like Pennard, Southerndown and Nefyn & District. But the great exception to this is Royal Porthcawl, a links with every bit of pedigree as England and Scotland's top medal links.

The opening stretch of holes along the beach are fantastic. Perhaps the single greatest attribute I remember about my two rounds at Porthcawl are the small, deep pot bunkers that command your full attention on every hole, especially the par 3s. I love the short par-4 finisher that plays straight downhill towards the water.

You wonder if the 2010 Ryder Cup been held here instead of further inland, the matches wouldn't have been such a wash, and it might have done a better service to the links golf scene here. In any case, this 19th century links isn't going anywhere, and is a must on any Wales golf itinerary.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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