Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is located in Rest Bay between Swansea and Cardiff, on a stretch of coastline that borders the Bristol Channel. Founded as a 9-hole course in 1891 by Royal North Devon's professional Charles Gibson the club relocated 4 years later to its current location with King Edward VII granting Royal patronage in 1909.

Throughout its history, Royal Porthcawl has hosted many prestigious tournaments including the Senior Open Championship, the Walker Cup in 1995, the Curtis Cup in 1964, the British Open in 1961 plus a total of 6 Amateur Championships.

Wales is somewhat overlooked in terms of links golf thanks to the celebrated Open Championship venues in Scotland and England, to the detriment of some truly awesome seaside courses. Royal Porthcawl heads this list, as it is, without doubt, the finest links layout to adorn the windswept Welsh coast.