Here at the Dragon Hotel we’re passionate about golf. Fans of the great game come from across the country to play South Wales’ great courses and to stay at the Dragon Hotel.
With that in mind, we’re starting a series looking at some of the best courses and links around Swansea. So here’s our run-down on one of South Wales’ most popular places: Royal Porthcawl, regarded as one of the UK’s finest courses.
Where is Royal Porthcawl Golf Club?
Head Eastward on the M4 from Swansea and leave at Junction 37 of the M4. Join the A4229 towards Nottage for nearly 3 miles then take the third exit onto Fulmar Road. Follow the road round and follow signs to Royal Porthcawl Club.
How it plays out
With its holes facing a range of different directions, the strong wind coming in from the Atlantic plays a very important role on each of the Royal Porthcawl’s 18 holes – particularly because the course isn’t protected by many trees or dunes.
Over the first few holes, all par 4s, you’ll be down on sea level playing some terrifically raw links golf. However unlike most links courses, Royal Porthcawl isn’t particularly flat. There aren’t many easy holes here. The 14th is perhaps the toughest: a par 3 with a tiny green and a breeze that’s often impossible to predict.
Over the course you’ll head gradually uphill where you’re afforded some truly stunning views of the Bristol Channel. Your prize for climbing up after the 17th is a downhill 18th with Devon and Pembrokeshire in the background, on a good day.
Why you’ll love it
Royal Porthcawl is perfect for both amateur and professional golfers and has hosted many of the game’s most distinguished competitions – from the Walker Cup and the Dunlop Masters to the Home Internationals and the Coral Classic. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
Next to Rest Bay, one of West Wales’ most renowned beaches, Royal Porthcawl is in a stunning location. The lower holes offer engaging, if frustrating, links golf while the middle few holes are further up and resemble heathland. The course is known as the ‘thinking man’s’ golf course: perfect for the golfer who likes to play with every club. There’s no one size fits all approach here.
Golfers also love the clubhouse and the course for its relaxed, convivial atmosphere. It’s perfect for visiting
with a group of lads who want to really test their technique and boost their golfing experience.
Why you might not
You may have gathered by now that Royal Porthcawl can be a slightly unforgiving course. It’s visually stunning and offers a wide range of holes for golfers to pit their wits against, but it can be a struggle if you’re visiting on a bad day.
However, this is Wales’ best rated golf course for a reason – even on a bad day you won’t fail to acknowledge the stunning scenery and varied play. We recommend.
Are you looking to play at one of Wales’ most well-renowned courses? At the Dragon Hotel we can offer personalised golfing packages to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club for the perfect break. Let us build your golfing holiday online today – call +44 (0)1792 657 100 or visit our golf page today.