Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
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Royal Porthcawl in 2008
Club information
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is located in the United Kingdom
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is located in Wales
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Coordinates51°29′31″N 3°43′34″W / 51.492°N 3.726°W / 51.492; -3.726Coordinates: 51°29′31″N 3°43′34″W / 51.492°N 3.726°W / 51.492; -3.726
LocationPorthcawl, Wales, U.K.
Established1895 (1891)
Total holes18
Events hostedSenior Open (2014, 2017)
The Amateur (6)
Walker Cup (1995)
Curtis Cup (1964)
British Masters (1961)
Welsh Golf Classic
University Golf Match
Par72 (71 on 2 Senior Opens)
Length7,137 yards (6,526 m)
Course rating76.4

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is a golf club in Wales in the United Kingdom, located north of Porthcawl and bordering the Bristol Channel.

Royal Porthcawl Clubhouse

The club has hosted many prestigious tournaments including The Amateur Championship on six occasions, the Walker Cup in 1995, the Curtis Cup in 1964, the British Masters in 1961, and European Tour event, the Welsh Golf Classic in the early 1980s. In March 2010, it hosted the University Golf Match between Oxford and Cambridge universities, with Oxford winning 9–6. The Senior Open Championship has been played here twice, in 2014 and 2017, and will host again in 2023.


The club was founded in 1891 by a group of businessmen from Cardiff, with the first nine-hole golf course being laid out on Lock's Common by Charles Gibson the following year. In 1895, the club moved to its present location with the addition of a further nine-hole course. Shortly after that, the new course was extended to eighteen holes, with the original course later being abandoned. Royal status was conferred on the club by King Edward VII in 1909.[1]

The Senior Open Championship was played at Royal Porthcawl in 2014 and Bernhard Langer won by thirteen strokes over runner-up Colin Montgomerie;[2][3] it returned again in 2017, where Langer defeated Corey Pavin to win again.[4][5]

In 2015, The R&A championship committee chairman Peter Unsworth said that The R&A had "no intention" of hosting The Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl. He added that "We're happy with the number of courses on the rota, and we don't have any intention to go to Porthcawl". It is thought that the infrastructure around Royal Porthcawl does not meet requirements, with roads leading to the course being narrow and that public transport would not cope with the huge crowds in the Open Championships.[6]

Major tournaments hosted at Royal Porthcawl[edit]

Scott Gregory was the winner of The Amateur Championship in 2016 at Royal Porthcawl.
Year Tournament Winner
1951 The Amateur Championship United States Dick Chapman
1964 Curtis Cup United States United States
1965 The Amateur Championship England Michael Bonallack
1973 The Amateur Championship United States Dick Siderowf
1980 The Amateur Championship Wales Duncan Evans
1988 The Amateur Championship Sweden Cristian Härdin
1995 Walker Cup  Great Britain &  Ireland
2002 The Amateur Championship Spain Alejandro Larrazábal
2014 Senior Open Championship Germany Bernhard Langer
2016 The Amateur Championship England Scott Gregory
2017 Senior Open Championship Germany Bernhard Langer

Future events[edit]

Year Tournament
2023 Senior Open Championship
2025 AIG Women's Open

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Club History". Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Bernhard Langer wins by 13 shots". ESPN. Associated Press. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. ^ "The Senior Open Championship pres. by Rolex". ESPN. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  4. ^ "2014 Senior Open Championship set for Royal Porthcawl". The R&A. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Senior Open Championship to return to Royal Porthcawl in 2017". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Open 2015: R&A have 'no intention' of using Royal Porthcawl". BBC. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2021.

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