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The latest edition of our Golfing in Swansea review series sees us play a round at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club. Because it’s just 10 minutes from Royal Porthcawl, P&K is often seen as the regal course’s little brother, but it’s so much more than that.
Let’s learn a little more:
Where is Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club?
Just south of Swansea, Pyle & Kenfig is just 5 minutes’ drive from J37 of the M4 and just half an hour from The Dragon Hotel. After taking the A429 south, pass through two roundabouts then take a right onto Heol Drewi. Pyle & Kenfig will be on your right.
How Pyle & Kenfig plays out
Originally a 9-hole course, P&K was extended to double that after World War II and this course certainly does seem to have a split personality, combining links with parkland golf.
Get your driving right and hit the fairways consistently during the front 9 and you could end make it to halfway with a very decent score indeed, when the course is relatively forgiving and plays straight.
However, if you’re looking for a decent score and can’t get a few birdies during the first 9 then you could be in trouble. During the second half the course starts weaving around sand dunes and becomes markedly more difficult with some decidedly challenging golf – especially on a windy day around the coast.
That’s not to say it’s no fun to play – the twisting run of holes from the 11th to the 15th is one of the finest streaks you’ll encounter in South Wales. The 11th is a long 525-yard par 5 with plenty of sand dunes to battle against, while the par 4 14th – a tough links hole with views of the Gower peninsula and a stunning amphitheatre green – is probably the highlight.
If you’ve got to the 16h intact, you’ll find the holes ease up a little and you might have a chance of getting to the clubhouse with a decent score under your belt.
Why you’ll love it
Like we’ve just said, the short run of 5 holes really does offer some exhilarating play. If golf were a 5-round sport, P&K would be one of the country’s very best.
Like South Wales’ other great courses, P&K allows some particularly impressive panoramic views. Depending on where you are on the course, you’ll be afforded a view of the Bristol Channel, the Gower Peninsula, Sker House, Rest Bay or the Welsh Mountains. There’s a lot to take in.
And unlike some South Wales courses like Pennard, P&K doesn’t have any mean, unhelpful tricks up its sleeve or hidden hazards that spoil your scorecard. If you get your technique right and hone your decision making, there’s every chance you’ll do alright.
Why you might not
While it’s true that the greens and fairways are immaculately tended at P&K, some golfers do complain that the course can lack a little magic outside of its highlight holes – particularly the front 9. That means it’s perfect for golfers who need a few holes to get their eye in, but not quite so good if you want to be consistently challenged from the very start.
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