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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 The cool sea views have been replaced by the rugged Welsh valleys, while this parkland course offered something for all ages and experience.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.

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).

John Bland

John Bland, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
South African John Bland produced a fine finish to claim his third European Senior Tour title with a one shot victory in The Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open at Royal Porthcawl.
The 64 year old carded a one under par 71 in the final round, seeing off Paraguayan Angel Franco in dramatic fashion. Bland’s compatriot Chris Williams took a share of second place.
Bland, who fired three birdies and an eagle to make it a second successive South African winner in this event following Bertus Smit, said: “This is one of the finest links courses in the world and the players really enjoy coming here. There’s not a bad hole on the course, it’s magnificent. It’s been a great week and I’m delighted to round it off by winning.”

Surf 'n Turf

surfers, originally uploaded by ianturton.
I'm not a surfer or a golfer but told that there's a growing trend energing amongst both sports - a hybrid surf n turfer that plays golf when the surfs not up. Apparently, world renown surf champion Kelly Slater loves both sports and there's even a clothing range being launched to cater for the new hybrids? Not sure.
Anyway, Porthcawl in our own neck of the woods appears to be perfect for this. You have two renown courses in the Royal Porthcawl and the Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club adjacent to great surf breaks at Rest Bay and further along the coast at Kenfig beach. So maybe we should challenge oursleves in the office here to try both sports at once and test the water so to speak!