Stay and Play golf
Staying and playing is one of the best ways to experience Bridgend’s Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, says Club Secretary Simon Hopkin.
Pyle & Kenfig opened back in 1922. We’ve got a fantastic, Harry Colt designed championship links course that attracts visitors from the UK, Europe and even the US. We’re famous for our back nine, which heads out amongst the dunes and has some great signature holes – particularly the last three which are some of the best closing holes in golf.
Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, Bridgend
by Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club
People travel from all over to play the course, so it makes sense to offer somewhere for them to stay on site. We opened our own dormy accommodation a year ago and it’s proved very popular. We have four twin/double rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, and we offer a hearty Welsh breakfast in the restaurant before guests head out to play.
Being able to roll out of bed and straight onto the course is great for players who come from a little further afield. It’s so much easier for them, particularly for visitors from abroad, as they don’t have to worry about travelling to the course. It’s friendlier experience for them too. By staying here, they can get to know our members and staff. We pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome, so staying on site lets visitors really feel part of the club.
Beyond the course
We get a lot of people coming to stay and play, but it’s not just about golf here. P&K is in a great location for anybody who wants to visit the area. We’ve got the Kenfig Nature Reserve literally on the other side of the golf course, so there are hundreds of acres of dunes to explore. It’s an important habitat for migrating birds, so it’s fantastic for birdwatchers, walkers and nature lovers. We’re also starting to attract more cyclists.
Pyle and Kenfig is a classic championship course, which is something that’s reflected in the wide range of competitions we host. We’ve had the Home Internationals, where Rory McIlroy played in 2006 and we’re the Welsh venue for the Faldo Series for the best under-23 golfers in the UK and Europe. We were a qualifying venue for The 2014 Senior Open Championship and we'll be doing it again in 2017 when the competition returns to Royal Porthcawl. We’ll have 100 golfers playing to book a place in the Open, which promises some pretty exciting competition. It was a great event last time, so we're really looking forward to playing host again.