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Tuesday
Sep102013

Royal Porthcawl Going All Out For The Open

James Corrigan looks at the Wales links' efforts to land The Open Championship for the first time in Wales.

Infrastructure work seems to be the primary issue.

But The Daily Telegraph has learnt that after talks with the Welsh Government, the club feels it could undertake the work which would be necessary to accommodate the crowds and hospitality. The earliest the tournament could be held at Royal Porthcawl is 2018.

The Porthcawl members have already given their blessing with 87.5  per cent approving the project in a poll.

They were then informed that “the R & A will be visiting the club in October to assess the course as a challenge... the ability to move spectators around... the area required for tented village... and the traffic implications from the M4”.

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The golf course is worthy.....hope they figure out the rest. If they could do it at Merion, it can be done here too.
09.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJjgolfer
The Merion comparison isn't really valid. USGA accepted that Merion would be a smaller, less profitable championship. R&A hasn't given any indication it would countenance that. (And actually, I think a Porthcawl Open would draw huge crowds, if they can be moved to the course OK).
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Lawrence
Awesome, love that track. Deal should also get one.
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDG
On another note, Geoff, what do you think of the Evian redesign to upgrade the course to major status?
Having grown up just down the road, in Cowbridge, this would be wonderful to see.

Royal Porthcawl is a wonderful golf course.

Another "hidden gem" in the area is Southerndown.
Sheep roam the fairways, there is a bridleway which has right of way (we had to wait for a horse to gallop across the fairway when we were last there).
Very unspoiled.
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
Constructivist,
I haven't looked at any of the Evian stuff yet, was going to do that today.

Stiggy,
The rota could use a new face and Southerndown sounds super. And I'm with DG, Deal should also get one. The R&A can take a break from Royal St. George's and Royal Lytham for a while.
09.11.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
"the R & A will be visiting the club in October to assess the course as a challenge."

Ohhh, the 'Treatment' visit. *Cue menacing music*
09.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Funny isn't it that you go into a bunker at TOC and have to play out sideways or backwards and that's seen as almost mystical design- yet when it happened at Lytham somehow the course was a joke?! I am biased I admit as it was where I was brought up. Infrastructure will be a huge problem at Porthcawl but where there's a will there's a way.Southerndown has the same chance of staging the Open as North Berwick- ie none at all - the Open is a major for goodness sake!!!
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Chico, my comment about Southerndown was not in regard to it hosting The Open.

It was just a comment about a largely unknown course I happen to like.

I agree with you entirely.
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
stiggy - and the beach at Southerndown was our favourite when we were in chepstow . although not Open quality St.Pierre and Celtic manor are part of the Welsh south coast tour.
stiggy - and the beach at Southerndown was our favourite when we were in chepstow . although not Open quality St.Pierre and Celtic manor are part of the Welsh south coast tour.
Stiggy

I walked Southerndown a few years ago - and it is a wonderful course. The turf looked ideal for golf and really fun holes.
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
I hate Google Maps, satellite version!
09.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Would love to see TOC in Wales, but don't forget about Northern Ireland too!

As for Wales, what about Royal St. David's? Too short? Too small for infrastructure?
09.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRandom Fan
Coming from America, I played Royal Porthcawl in March. It was 2 degrees, 40 knots of wind and raining and I loved every minute on the course. It was my second trip to Wales, having visited in 2009 when I played Porthcawl and Royal St Davids. I think Royal Porthcawl is most deserving of the Open and look forward to the day it happens.
09.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCal
I think the biggest issue at Porthcawl is the last hole. There's not enough room to put up grandstands for 5,000 spectators like they do everywhere else. I guess they could finish on 1 or 2 as I don't think there's enough room at 17 either.

From a golf course stand point, it would hold up fine.
09.12.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrr345
Probability of staging an Open Championship in the next 50 years:

Royal Porthcawl 80%
Royal Cinque Ports 30%
Royal Aberdeen 15%
Royal Portrush (Dunluce) 10%
Royal County Down 10%

Zero probability for any other course.
09.12.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer

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