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The Senior Open 2014

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The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex will become the first Major Championship to be held in Wales when it is hosted by Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, South Wales, from July 24th - 27th, 2014.

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club was founded in 1891 and has since developed a reputation as one of Britain's best links courses. It hosted the Coral Welsh Classic three times between 1980 - 1982 and the Wales Senior Open in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 1995 Walker Cup.

Our guide to winter golfing...

DSC_0691-1Winter may mark the end of many an outdoor activity, but here in Bridgend there's no better time to dust off your clubs and embark on one of the very best golfing holidays that the UK has to offer.

Whether you're listening to the waves breaking at Royal Porthcawl or gazing out over the rugged valleys at Maesteg, here's our run down of Bridgend's best courses…



The famous Royal Porthcawl © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

We'll start with the only golf course with its very own country house hotel attached (or just over the road, anyway!). The first hole features enough sand to make you think you're on the beach, while the 18th offers a drive over a tree-strewn valley. And once you're done swinging you can make the short trip to the award-winning hotel and make the most of a comfy room, a tasty meal and a much-needed stop at the spa.
Visitor rates start at £15, or you get complimentary golf with a night at the hotel.
The Grove.
A relative newcomer to the Welsh golfing scene, The Grove only opened its doors in 1996. This is Porthcawl's parkland course and, like neighbours Royal Porthcawl and Pyle and Kenfig, offers golfers the added incentive of stunning views out across the Bristol Channel towards Swansea Bay. It has been carefully designed to challenge even experienced golfers, with trees, bunkers and water hazards guaranteed to keep you on your toes.
A weekday visitor pass costs £27 for the day.

Playing as the waves break at P&K © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Playing as the waves break at P&K © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Just half an hour from Rest Bay, Maesteg offers a golfing experience a world away from the coastal courses in Porthcawl. The cool sea views have been replaced by the rugged Welsh valleys, while this parkland course offered something for all ages and experience. Sculpted from naturally picturesque surroundings, this is considered a course of 'considerable character and maturity' having been founded way back in 1912.
A weekday visitor pass costs £20 for the day.

NOT where you want your ball to land! © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

NOT where you want your ball to land! © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Pyle and Kenfig.
Commonly referred to as 'P&K', this is one of Wales' finest links courses and sits next door to the famous Royal Porthcawl. Unusually for a links course, this is set out in two loops of nine, with the back nine challenging even the most seasoned golfer, and not just because the panorama from the 14th tee is easily enough to put you off your swing. An overshadowed gem of a course, and one that any self respecting golfer should visit while in Bridgend.
A weekday visitor pass costs £55 for the day.
Royal Porthcawl.
And last but certainly not least, there's Royal Porthcawl, considered by golfers-in-the-know to be one of the finest courses around and hosts of the 2014 Senior Open Championship. The first four and final six holes represent classic links golf, with the middle section rising higher to offer great views out across the Bristol Channel. Catch this on a crisp winter morning and a happy golfer you will be!
A weekday visitor pass costs £55 for the day.

Autumn Adventures in Bridgend!

We love Autumn down in Bridgend and here the fun never ends! There's plenty to see and do, and loads to get involved in. So with Autumn upon us, here's our quick guide to the best things to do in Bridgend this season:

  • Porthcawl Elvis Festival 

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th September
Now in its 10th year, the Elvis Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world and invites visitors to enjoy a weekend of rock 'n' roll in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl.
Head out to some of the many events taking place this weekend, such as The Three Kings Show, The Elvies and Red Alert, the best Elvis showband in the world.

  • Bridgend Feastival

FeastivalFriday 27th - Saturday 28th September
A visit to FEASTIVAL must be in your families' diary for the Autumn.
Feastival this year celebrates loads of foodie stuff activities for children to interact with, they can eat it, make it, love it, laugh at it.
There's leek-lobbing, spaghetti bridge building, chef's demonstrations, tasting sessions, food stalls and much, much more!

  • Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre

If your looking for adventure activities, then there's no better place to
come!  Get outside this Autumn and enjoy a wide range of activities including: Surfing Lessons, Quad Biking, Paintballing, Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling, Raft Building and many more.

  • Coed-Y-Mwstwr Golf Club

Enjoy the fresh Autumnal air and changing scenery whilst playing a relaxing round of golf!
The friendliest golf club in South Wales, the 18-holes have many unique features including a 19th century walled garden and mature horse chestnuts across the course.
Pop in to the clubhouse after you've enjoyed the course for a warm welcome and well deserved drink!

  • Porthcawl Splashup

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October
The 2013 'SplashUp' is going to be one of the most exciting FREE water sports and musical events in South Wales.
There will be water activities for you to enjoy, such as a Lifeguard Iron Man and a spectacular night surf with activities for beginners to sample, such as the brush board and tarp surfing, and live music in the evenings.

  • Bryngarw Spooktacular

hallowSunday 27th October
Bring the kids along in fancy dress for ghoulishly fun evening including a spooky walk, Halloween arts and crafts, storytelling and if you dare a creepy house to explore!

  • Cressey's Surf Academy + Porthcawl Surf

The sea around Bridgend is the warmest during the Autumn months, so IMG_9483 copynow would be the perfect time to learn to surf! Couple that with the wide-spread opinion that Bridgend provides some of the best surfing in the UK, and there's no excuse not to take to the waves! Hire a wetsuit, grab a board and get out on the ocean!

  • The Big Bang Fireworks Display

fireTuesday 5th November
A fabulous display of fireworks and a big bonfire at the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl to celebrate Bonfire Night. With the weather creeping towards Winter, warm up with one last Autumnal festivity in Bridgend before the cold really sets in!!

Speedy Services Wales Senior Open

Wales Senior Open 2013

Wales Senior Open 2013

The Speedy Services Wales Senior Open
will move to a new date on the European Senior Tour schedule, when it returns to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club from June 14 - 16, 2013 for the first time since 2010.Englishman Barry Lane captured the 2012 title when the event was played at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club on the August Bank Holiday weekend, with the former Ryder Cup player holding off the challenge of compatriot Philip Golding.
Royal Porthcawl had previously hosted the event in 2009 and 2010, before the tournament returned to the Senior Tour schedule this season after a year's absence with Speedy Services as the new title sponsor.
The new June date - with the final round due to be played on Father's Day - marks the 12th edition of the Speedy Services Wales Senior Open, which was first played in 2001.
Royal Porthcawl welcomes the tournament as a precursor to hosting The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex in 2014 - the first Major Championship to be played in Wales - with both events part of The Ryder Cup legacy following the staging of golf's premier team competition at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010.
The Speedy Services Wales Senior Open will once again have a prize fund of £250,000, and is expected to attract some of the leading Senior Tour players. Previous champions have included Bill Longmuir (2003), Carl Mason (2005, 2007), José Rivero (2006), Peter Mitchell (2008) and John Bland (2010).

Enjoying holidays in South Wales

Surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Horse-riding on picturesque, mountainous terrain; surfing on golden, sandy beaches and golfing on velvet, lush greens.
It might sound like a famous video advert for California that starred David Beckham but this montage is advertising the South Wales borough of Bridgend.
Tourism officials for the borough have launched a viral advertising campaign they hope will showcase the area's little known charms to a wider audience.
The video, produced by local authority run BridgendBites, more than slightly resembles an advert by Visit California which hit TV screens last year, albeit without the all-star Hollywood cast including former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It does however use a little artistic licence, and feature some clips of activities in neighbouring areas including the Neath Valley.
A spokesman for Bridgend council said: "This particular video was produced as part of a tourism competition held last year in conjunction with the Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre near Porthcawl where participants were asked to nominate what sort of activities they wanted to try.
"The winners were then invited to come to Bridgend County Borough and sample the activities as part of their prize.
"Whether it's surfing at Rest Bay, pony trekking in Merthyr Mawr, the competition was designed to promote Bridgend County Borough as an ideal base for enjoying holidays and outdoor activities throughout South Wales."
Like the Visit California video, which boasts cameo's from Major golf champion Phil Mickelson, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and former LA Galaxy footballer David Beckham, Bridgend's effort focuses on the area's natural beauty, its water sport activities, good food and premium golf courses.
However there are no glittering testimonies from the area's famous faces, who might have included Bridgend born actor Ruth Jones, Porthcawl schooled Rob Brydon or local assembly member and First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
Instead, the BridgendBites campaign invites visitors to: "Sleep under the stars in a Mongolian Yurt.
"Connect with nature on coastal and valley walks."Party with a thousand Elvises.
"Play a round of golf with a view."Surf a wave at beautiful beaches.
"Dare to Discover Bridgend, South Wales."
Bridgend's new foray into the tourism industry follows efforts made by neighbouring Port Talbot last month.
The industrial heartland was subject of an advertising campaign offering lucky competition winners the chance to holiday in Port Talbot, or as they labelled it "the home of Richard Burton."
Tourist organisation Visit Wales, which is behind that campaign, hopes to highlight Wales as a visitor destination by tempting Americans with the story of Burton's rise from working class Welshman to one of the best known, richest actors on the planet.
In their advertising, Visit Wales promises Americans: "an exclusive glimpse into the places, the passion and the people that shaped the iconic actor."
Despite pre-conceptions many have about the area, Bridgend council say their borough is a perfect holiday destination.
A spokesman added: "The county borough is situated just twenty minutes from both Cardiff and Swansea and enjoys a prominent position along the M4 corridor.
"The area also features a rich cultural and historical heritage throughout its three valleys, four town centres and popular coastal resort, so it should come as no surprise that we are marketing Bridgend county borough not only as a tourist destination, but also as an ideal base for exploring further afield."
Councillor David Sage, Bridgend's deputy leader, said: "Bridgend County has so much to offer visitors, but isn't the first place that springs to mind as a holiday destination.
"We wanted to showcase the variety of unique experiences that are available here - from overnight stays in Mongolian Yurts, surfing to spas and golf to gorge-walking - and to do something really innovative that would challenge current perceptions of the area.