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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

5   Golfshake Golf Course Rating 34 reviews | Post Review | Website
Price Guide: £££££ | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Course Information

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Mid Glamorgan is an 18 hole, par 72 (7065 yard), private, links golf course.

18 holes | Par 72 | 7065 yards | Private | Links


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Address: Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF36 3UW United Kingdom

Tel: 01656 782251

Golf Pro: Peter Evans | Tel: 01656 773702

Website: http://www.royalporthcawl.com


Golf Club Facilities

Driving range  Range
Golf club hire  Club Hire
Golf shop  Golf Shop
Changing rooms  Changing
Clubhouse  Clubhouse
Bar  Bar
Food  Dining
Accommodation  Accommodation

There is a Dormy house capable of sleeping up to 12 people per night.

2014 rates - All Weekday & Friday rates include a complimentary full cooked breakfast or 2 course lunch, which must be taken between 8am and 3pm. Weekend rates are for golf only.

Midweek Guide: £120.00 per round Mon - Thurs; £130.00 per round Friday *

Weekend Guide: £135.00 per round *

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available

Restrictions: Maximum Handicap 20

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.

Tee Time Information

Midweek Guide: £120.00 per round Mon - Thurs; £130.00 per round Friday *

Weekend Guide: £135.00 per round *

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.


Review Information


GOLFSHAKE RATING

4.95

Golfshake Golf Course Rating

 

AVERAGE RATING 4.6
(based on 34 reviews)

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HIGHLY RATED

100%

would play again or recommend


4.8

The Course

4.8

Course Conditions

3.9

Value For Money

4.5

Pace of Play

4.5

Facilities & Service

4.7

Hospitality

4

Practice Facilities

4.2

Food & Drink

What the club says: Royal Porthcawl was described as being one of the twelve finest courses in the world by the late Tom Scott, a leading writer on golf and former editor of Golf Illustrated. The status of the course is sustained by the many prestigious professional and amateur events held at the club over the years.

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Robert W rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 11 2022

Great course, shame about the weather

An amazing course no doubt but we had to endure persistent and heavy rain for last 12 holes which made for a very tough round. I'm sure the course would standout even more in clearer, brighter weather. Conditioning was very good, green complexes are tough but good fun. It has to be on any links golf fans bucket list...even if you dont get perfect conditions!

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Matt H rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 8 2022

Spectacular

Royal Porthcawl is the gem in the crown of South Wales golf for a reason. Challanging course that has some excellent variety and difficulty of holes. It's probably the best set of par 3's I have played anywhere in the UK.
The conditions can make it more difficult, we had a really bad day for rain but the course held up so well. Excellent greens.

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A Golfer rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Jan 6 2022

Top rated course

Top rated course I played and the first links I've played so many new challenges.

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A Golfer rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Jan 6 2022

Loved it

It helps that i prefer links golf although it was windy and raining i still loved it.

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A Golfer rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Jan 6 2022

Interesting but tricky

No 1 in Wales but also an interesting but tricky links to break my links virginity on.

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Russell T rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 29 2021

Great golf course


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Anthony D rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 22 2021

Absolute Gem

Last of our 3 course tour and what a way to finish. Pity I didn't bring my A game but the key to playing the course is keep it on the fairways and approaches close to the pins as the rough is punishing and greens are tricky to read over long distances. Luckily wind was light and greens not too fast otherwise I don't think I'd have scored a point.

(Round played: Jun 2021 - Score: 96 Handicap: 13.8)

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Takuya A rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed May 28 2021

Excellent, Challenging, Lovely

What a course!
One of the very best links with very attractive setup. Club house is very charming, warmth inside. Service is first-class. Practice range is very good, too. However, most important aspect is GOLF, isn't it?
Royal Porthcawl, in my opinion, is one of the best links and indeed a tough challenge. Maintenance is immaculate; clean fairway with tough rough, well-cut and true green. Course layout is not out-in, so that wind plays every direction hole by hole. Going out first 3 holes alongside the coastline is absolutely stuuning, yet very tough; headwind blowing from the sea and saving bogey, as a 15 handicapper, is a challenge. No hole is weak. Every hole has its own character. Then, course goes into inland but you can see the ocean. Tailwind makes my golf very difficult. Rolling terrain is magnificent. Back nine is also very memorable. Last hole 18 is very strong finish; hitting your driver towards the ocean in the very strong headwind. Absolutely fabulous!
True links with very attractive setting alongside Welsh coastline.

(Round played: May 2021 - Score: 92 Handicap: 12.7)

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Kevin C rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 12 2020

A special place

Porthcawl is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. It offers traditional links golf at its very best. This time of year it is as difficult as it is beautiful. The rough is unforgiving and due to recent events (I assume) the bunkers have very little sand, which makes an already difficult course even more demanding. Fairways and greens were perfect, as always, and the views over the links are as good as it gets. If you love golf you must play this wonderful course.

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Ryan W rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 19 2019

Amazing venue, history everywhere and a true chance to play on the same turf as some of your heroes. Course in great condition despite heavy rain for days before. Throughly recommend a trip, keep your fingers crossed the wind doesn't get up!

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Richard M rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 2 2019

Now my favourite course!

Incredible course, amazing views, friendliest people but not cheap.
I did a £200 GolfBreak for a dormy breakfast and one summer round, But I think I'll be back for the winter £170 for 2 rounds, dormy and breakfast which seems a good deal.

Walked the course the day before in the sunshine but very high winds (30 mph) and it looked tough. Played next day in rain for first 2 holes and then brightened up but low wind all day. I'd take the low wind conditions any day!

Really beautiful setting especially with the holes running along the shore line 1-3 and those where you face the sea (the elevated tee on 10 is just beautiful - probably my fav hole of all time!).

It is not a long course off the yellows but long enough. I scored poorly with poor driving so even though I found my ball every time in the rough ( few inches deep) but you are wedging out every time to get to the fairway. Just avoid the bunkers. I found 4 all day and 2 I just could not escape. So seriously avoid them they are some of the deepest bunkers ever!!! One chap I spoke to in the bar took 9 to get out of one!

The golf course is immaculate and the fairways just perfect. But probably the highlight is the people. Really friendly bar staff (even booking me restaurants for the evening), the Pros (Sam and James). The administrator who will help me organise my return (Jonathan) and even the cleaning ladies (Joan) recommending the best rooms for my next trip. All fabulous, friendly people.

The club house is ancient. Lots of wood and leather seats, loads of photos of past captains. Many older golfers in blazers. So very traditional feel to it. Loved it all. Just great shame the food stops at 3 (but i found a fish and chip shop in Porthcawl) but there are many other hotels/restaurants to drive to.

The dormies are really comfortable. I had a singe room which was small but the modern bathroom and comfortable bed made up for it! And opening the window in the morning I could see the first tee!

Very good practice facilities - worth driving to - only 1 minute to drive.

Can't wait to go back. Might pack a picnic for the evening.
But gotta take my A game next time!

(Round played: Sep 2019 - Score: 96 Handicap: 13.6)

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Peter B rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed May 31 2019

Absolutely brilliant golf course where you get a warm welcome. The greens and surrounding aprons are fast and challenging but very true. Some of the fairways are still recovering from last summer but it didn’t affect play too much. Course was a reasonable challenge off yellows with no wind :-)

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Dave C rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Mar 29 2019

Tough but beautiful

Really tough, every error gets magnified, but precise golf can get results (at least off the yellow tees)

(Round played: Mar 2019 - Score: 107 Handicap: 18.3)

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Nick C rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 7 2018

Having played a lot of the open courses this course is easily up there with the best and a must play if you are in the area.The opening and finishing holes by the beach are fabulous, everyone was friendly and welcoming in the clubhouse, which is amazing in its self.A top top golf course go and play it.

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John P rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Jun 30 2018

Wow

This is an exceptional course. Each hole offers something unique from the last. It's scoreable from the fairway but long rough puts a premium on driving accuracy. We played it following a long dry spell. The fairways were yellow but playable and the greens were well maintained. One of my favourite golf courses with a nice warm welcome and amazing views

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