The Senior Open Championship

Royal Porthcawl Club’s Secretary Michael Newland looks forward to Wales’s first Major competition; The Senior Open Championship.

Hosting The Senior Open Championship in 2014 is not just good for Royal Porthcawl, it’s good for major tournament golf in Wales. To be hosting The Senior Open and have the likes of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ronan Rafferty confirmed is fantastic. Everybody involved is hoping for a good spectator turnout, so having players of this calibre taking part can only help. There’s a lot of excitement at the club. We just hope for a strong field and good weather so everyone can see Royal Porthcawl in all its glory.

Calling card

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Porthcawl South Golf

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Bridgend

Hosting The Senior Open Championship continues to keep Royal Porthcawl on the global map as a world class championship golf course. Wales is a great place to come and play golf but it’s not necessarily recognised as a championship destination. The latest Golf Digest rankings put the club at number 44 in the world, which is higher than four current Open venues. Visitors can get to Royal Porthcawl from West London in more or less the same amount of time as it would take to get to Royal St George’s. Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is a world-class golf facility that is still not at the forefront of visitor’s minds when they think of Championship golf, so hopefully the Senior Open will improve this.

The total package

Clubhouse Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Bridgend County South

Clubhouse Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Bridgend 

The fifth and ninth greens were reconstructed in 2012, but now it is all about been about refining and fine-tuning. The club has added a chipping green, a putting green and a five-hole Academy course alongside its practice ground, which is now a first class facility coupled with a fine championship golf course. We work hard to keep standards high all year round, but the extra work that is being done in preparation for The Senior Open Championship is great news for members and visitors.