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 The cool sea views have been replaced by the rugged Welsh valleys, while this parkland course offered something for all ages and experience.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