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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
Despite being relatively unknown outside of Wales, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is annually rated as its No.1 course. Without doubt, the pinnacle of Amateur golf at Royal Porthcawl came in 1995 when the club hosted The Walker Cup, won by Great Britain and Ireland 14-10. This historic event will probably be remembered by many for Gary Wolstenholme’s famous victory over golfing phenom Tiger Woods. Measuring more than 6400 metres from the back tees, Royal Porthcawl offers a challenging enough length, but more importantly it presents a layout demanding precision from the tee. Rather than the traditional out-and-back layout found on many British Isles courses, Royal Porthcawl’s holes loop back on one another, playing in various directions, almost as if representing the swirling wind. Void of trees and dunes, the course is fully exposed to the wind with the British Channel acting as a funnel for Atlantic gales. The course rests in beautiful surroundings with the middle section of the course presenting fantastic views across the Bristol Channel. The early holes and final stretch of six holes replicate classic links golf. ROYAL PORTHCAWL GOLF CLUB WHAT’S YOUR CHOICE FOR NO.10? READER POLL: WALES