Royal Porthcawl richly deserves its ranking in the Top 100 courses and frankly were it not in Wales it would rank higher in the global rankings than some of the more famous Scottish and Irish courses. The first indication of the standard of the course preparation was whilst I was having a coffee the green staff finished triple cutting the practice green, relocated the pins and scissor cut around the holes! I was first out and with no wind and a sunny day I played the course in the most benign conditions but be warned you really need to know your lines here and watch for the run outs especially as the rough is particularly deep at the moment owing to the lack of ability to cut it during the COVID period (Head green keeper apologised for this when he saw me during the round). The greens as you would imagine have very subtle breaks but are beautifully conditioned. The fairway bunkers are deep and unforgiving and with all good links the fairways will funnel the wayward drive into these hazards. The Par 5s are not long and give the golfer a good opportunity to pick up some shots and the Par 3s are a joy. Finally the members are extremely friendly and is obvious that people use the clubhouse not only following a round but as a place to have lunch and a drink with friends.
Date: August 18, 2020