Royal Porthcawl is one of the best Links courses in the UK not to have hosted an Open Championship. The course was the venue for the Walker Cup in 1995. Wind is a constant factor due to the lack of high dunes or trees.
The Course has a magnificent setting sloping down to the seashore. The absence of sand hills usually found on links courses enables the golfer to see the sea from every hole and to enjoy memorable views south to Somerset and Exmoor, and northwest across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula.
With holes facing into every point of the compass, the player is always tested by the wind and will probably need every club in the bag. The status of the course is sustained by the many amateur and professional events which it hosts including six amateur championships, the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup, the Championship of Europe, the Home Internationals, and the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship. The R&A Jacque Leglise tournament and the British Boys Championship are also in the calendar. King Edward VII bestowed the honour of Royal status on the club in 1909.