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”.