Review for Royal Porthcawl

Reviewer Score:


Having wanted to for ages I finally got the chance to play here as part of a 6 nations rugby weekend, and it didn’t disappoint.

The course is laid out in a kind of triangular formation, going out along the coast, back at an angle then zig zagging back in. The first four, hugging the beach, are amongst the best I have played anywhere - magnificent, proper links golf with sublime links turf, sea vistas and expectant fairway bunkers waiting to swallow up any errant shots.

The course subtly changes in character from about 5 onwards, becoming progressively less links like in both terrain and layout as you move back inland, though still boasting a handful of excellent holes and with nothing that could be called a weakness. The course then takes on a new lease of life as you walk down the fairway of 13 with a stonking stretch playing back out to the coast, 15 and 16 amongst the best on the course.

The last is in my view the weakest of the 18, a pokey hole crossing over the first kindly described as ‘quirky,’ though not detracting from what was a cracking round.

My one criticism (and definitely not what i was expecting) were the greens, which were disappointing given the calibre and reputation of the club - though my playing partner, who had played it many times, was definitely of the view this was the exception rather than the rule. Overall a quality course though and an absolute must on any itinerary of British Golf!

Date: March 02, 2018

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