Pyle and Kenfig - South Wales - Wales

Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club,
Waun-y-Mer,
Kenfig,
Bridgend,
Mid Glamorgan,
CF33 4PU,
Wales


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  • One mile off M4 J37 follow Porthcawl signs

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Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, commonly known as P&K, is one of Wales’s few true links courses. Its famous regal neighbour, Royal Porthcawl, lies next door. But make no mistake, Pyle and Kenfig is almost as good in places as the mighty Porthcawl.

Breathtaking views of Welsh mountains, Rest Bay and the Bristol Channel can be seen from this old links course, which was founded in 1922 and originally designed by Harry Colt. Nine holes were commandeered by the military during World War II, but after the war, it was decided to extend the course to 18 holes once again. With great foresight, some wild linksland was identified, which lay closer to the sea. Philip Mackenzie Ross (the architect behind Southerness) was asked to design the new holes…and what a job he made of it. Colt’s front nine is solid enough, but Mackenzie Ross’s back nine, routed through the dunes, is simply outstanding.

Unusually for a links course, Pyle and Kenfig is laid out in two loops of nine. The original front nine is where to make a score because the back nine is a very stiff test, especially when the wind is up. The 11th hole, a 525-yard par five known as the Valley Hole, is where the dunes come in to play – from here on in, it’s sheer entertainment. Drink in the view from the 14th tee, a 416-yard par four – the panorama towards the Gower Peninsula is stunning. Pyle & Kenfig’s last three holes (all long par fours) are amongst the best closing holes in golf. They will severely test the mettle of the very best golfers.

Solid driving is key to a good round at Pyle and Kenfig. If you can avoid the trouble and find the fairways, scoring well will be a real possibility. From the regular tees, the course measures a lowly 6,122 yards against a par of 71. Step back onto the medal tees and it’s a different proposition – 6,728 yards and the par is still 71. The club has hosted a number of important events, including the Amateur Championship in 2002 (with Royal Porthcawl) and the Girls Home Internationals in 2003. Additionally, in 2006, the club played host to the Men's Home Internationals when Scotland emerged victorious.

Good shot making will be rewarded at Pyle and Kenfig - it’s a fair golf course without any unforeseen tricks up its sleeve and the holes routed through the dunes are alone worthy of the green fee.

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Description: Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, commonly known as P&K, is one of Wales’s few true links courses. Its famous regal neighbour, Royal Porthcawl, lies next door. Rating: 6.1 out of 10 Reviews: 31
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John Mawer
The front nine is nice enough, but, like Porthmadog in North Wales, it is all about the back nine. A genuine test with windy links conditions requiring use of all the clubs in the bag. Lovely views and greens to compare with the best. Cosy clubhouse with a very genuine welcome extended by the staff and members. Food to cater for the hungry golfer. Asked a number of members which golfer in history they would like to share a round at P&K. Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Dai Rees were the popular answers. A proper members club. Popped into Celtic Manor on the way home to have a look around. Busy car park; Ian Poulter collection and Blackberrys were the order of the day. Had heard of the wonderful views, but my eyes were drawn to the snake of cart paths weaving through the course. Why would anyone want to be here, when Pyle & Kenfig is down the road and at a fraction of the cost? I suspect the same golfers that take 5 hours for a round and believe Tiger Woods is the greatest player ever to play the game.
October 13, 2009
8 / 10
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Bobo
As the previous reviewer stated, the course is a very much a hybrid of heathland, parkland and links. A little harsh to call it a mongrel but I can understand where he is coming from. The front nine is very bland for a self proclaimed "championship course" with nothing of note really going on. The course only really comes alive when you stand on the intimidating 10th tee, a long narrow driving hole with trouble left and right. From there, the stretch from 11 to 15 are really superb holes meandering through classic links land. The last 3 holes are real brutes if you are playing into the breeze. Overall, P&K is a very good challenge but for me, there are too many unmemorable holes. Effectively you are only paying the green fee for the challenge and the beauty that the back nine presents. Worth a visit, but as has been previously stated not in the same class as Pennard or it illustrious neighbour Royal Porthcawl!
May 06, 2009
6 / 10
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darren
Pyle will always split opinion amongst the golfing purists because it is difficult to categorise it. Neither parkland, heathland or links, I have heard some go as far as “mongrel”, which I feel is a little harsh. The front nine is a little bland in nature, but there are a couple of strong holes including the 2nd, 6th and 7th. The course comes alive on the back between 11th and 14 th, which have a linksy feel and the finishing 3 holes can play long into the wind. Although the greens are normally relatively quick and true, they again can confuse the visitor who expects to play hard, fast running links greens. A good track, worth a visit but, as this site suggests way behind Royal Porthcawl, Harlech, Pennard and Aberdovey when it comes to great courses in Wales.
May 05, 2009
6 / 10
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Nick
One word describes this course - brilliant.This is a "must play". Totally great experience loved every second of my day here. I cannot wait to go back.
March 20, 2008
10 / 10
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Kevan Voce
A course well worth playing in my opinon. The two nines are both good - holes 11-15 really stand out as classics. The first nine, although not dramatic, is more links than parkland - elevated greens, deep bunkers etc - do not be put off by the reviews. The 6th is a great Par 3 and the green on the 5th is very tricky. It's never going to be on the open rota but if you are in the area it is a must.
July 03, 2007
6 / 10
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Andrew Fearn
"A course of two nines".You keep hearing this.You expect a fairly ordinary front nine but an exceptional back nine.Well,the front nine is fairly ordinary,though pleasant enough on a nice day,but the exceptional back nine ? In reality it has two outstanding holes(13&14)which go through the high dunes,but the other holes don't use this wonderful terrain.The 11th is very good;12,15,16&17 good but hardly outstanding;10&18 frankly plain.Of course,how much you enjoy something often depends on your expectations..I came away sadly disappointed with Pyle & Kenfig.Trying to be positive,the greens were superbly fast and true,the green fees were very reasonable,the Pro was very helpful and friendly and yes,the 13th and 14th will linger in your memory a long time.So by all means give it a go,but just don't have those expectations set too high !
July 19, 2006
4 / 10
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Rod Wiltshire
Very disappointing.The links element last from the 11th to the 17th so really i think this is just parkland with a few holes on poor land. the greens were more yellows than anything else altough in fairness they putted to a good speed and were true. good use of bunkers but quite a few in need of repair. perhaps one needs to play this course several times to appreciate its wonders. It didn't happen for me this time!
July 12, 2006
4 / 10
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The previous review is a bit harsh, but it has to be said that the first 10 holes and the last hole are not classic links holes. 11 through to 17 are about as good as it gets through. For me, this is one of those courses that falls into the "if only" bracket. Loads of cracking land all around but sadly not enough of it is being used for golf.
March 06, 2006
6 / 10
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Peter Lacey
Played this course again recently and enjoyed, but is it a links though.? Course of two distinct halves and fast becoming less links like. Not in the same division as its near neighbour, the Royal, despite the slick greens.
August 04, 2005
4 / 10
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Andy
Two distinct nines at P&K with the second half the better of the two. Reason being the holesare played in and around the dunes and you get that special links feeling.The 11th and 14th being all that links holes should be, in fact the 14th goes into my top 20 holes played. Great memories of that hole with a smart up and down to secure my par.Greens on all holes are in tip top condition and the Pyle and Kenfig experience is a must when in the area. Passing note .... great welcome from the members but a little colder from the bar staff and catering staff - not sure if we caught them on an off day ...... we certainly did not eat all the pies !NB - Would like to see this rated higher in the list .....
September 20, 2004
8 / 10
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