Featured Golf Club: Royal Porthcawl, Wales

It may be located a little off the beaten track, but Royal Porthcawl in Wales is recognised as one of the top golf clubs in Wales. With a world class golf course and outstanding practice facilities, Royal Porthcawl is loved by golfers all over the world. The club has hosted some of the most prestigious golfing events in the world and tempts visitors back every time. 

The beginning

Royal Porthcawl was founded in 1891 by a group of businessmen and golfing enthusiasts from Cardiff after they were granted permission by the Porthcawl Vestry to build what was initially a nine-hole course on the area of Locks Common. A further nine-holes were built, making Royal Porthcawl South Wales’ first 18-hole golf course. With quite a walk between the two nines, the original nine-holes were abandoned, and another set of nine-holes and a clubhouse were built on the recently acquired land. In 1909, the club was visited by King Edward VII and was granted the privilege to include ‘Royal’ in its name, becoming the second course in Wales and only one of 66 clubs in the world to use the prefix. 

The course itself has a truly stunning setting as it slopes down to the seashore with views south of Somerset and Exmoor and across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula. The course features one of the toughest finishing stretches in Europe, starting at the 15th, a 466-yard par four. 


The club has played host to many prestigious amateur and professional golfing tournaments over the years. One of the most notable events held here was the Walker Cup in 1995 which will be remembered by many for Gary Wolstenholme’s historic victory over Tiger Woods. Other events held at Royal Porthcawl include: The Amateur Championship on six occasions, the Curtis Cup in 1964, the British Masters in 1961, and the Welsh Golf Classic in the early 1980s. 

After closing for some months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Royal Porthcawl has opened its doors again and recently announced that the AIG Women’s British Open will be held there in 2021. 


Having hosted a number of golfing events over the years, some of the world’s leading golfers have played the links of Porthcawl. In 2014, German professional golfer, Bernhard Langer won the Senior Open Championship by 13 strokes against Colin Montgomerie.  Royal Porthcawl’s professional team includes Peter Evans, Head PGD Professional, Gareth Howell, Assistant PGA Professional and James Powlesland, Assistant PGA Professional. 

Would you like to play the wonderful links of Royal Porthcawl? Book your tee time through Best of Scotland Holidays.  We offer various golfing packages in Wales that can include Royal Porthcawl along with many other iconic Welsh courses. You can view our selection of Welsh golfing packages here, or contact us if you’d like to contact to a member of our team directly. 

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