One of Wales’ true links courses, Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club’s famous royal neighbor, Royal Porthcawl, is right next door. The latter may be the oldest of Welsh golf courses, but make no mistake, P&K is almost as good in places as the iconic Royal Porthcawl.
Good shots will be rewarded at P&K – it’s a fair golf course with no unforeseen tricks up its sleeve and the holes carved out through the dunes are worthy of the green fee.
Breathtaking views of the Welsh Mountains, Rest Bay and the Bristol Channel can be seen from this former link course.
Originally designed in the early 1920s by Harry Colt, the inner front nine that exists today is his work.
But with nine holes commandeered by the army during World War II, Philip Mackenzie Ross was called in to replace them with new holes soon after. And what a job he did. Having made the decision to cross the road (it was a path then) and build them into the dune, they are now definitely the highlight of a course here.
Indeed, it is a pity that when the club later attempted to build nine more around and beyond, the environmental movement, that scourge of the golfer, prevented the land from being converted to what was surely its best use.
What makes it special
As is often the case with such courses, most first-time visitors regard P&K as little more than a drag when planning a pilgrimage to Porthcawl, venue for the 1995 Walker Cup when a Tiger Woods made part of the losing American team.
It is treated as an optional “while you’re at it” supplement; warming up before the main event. This is an unfair dismissal of a course which in places is just as impressive as Porthcawl itself. On the plus side, it’s better that so many golfers call P&K for what they do than never caring that it’s a golf outpost.
Where is he?
Located on the beautiful South Wales coast, P&K is located next to Kenfig National Nature Reserve, a short drive from the nearby town of South Cornelly.
Where does it rank?
170th in GB&I, 3rd in Cardiff, 9th in Wales
Contact Pyle & Kenfig
For more information about the club and the course, visit their website or call them at 01656 783 093.
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