Posted by: randyhaaggolf | August 1, 2017

GOLF IN WALES – Royal Porthcawl

You gotta love the summer weather in Wales. One day it will be sunny and warm with a slight breeze, and the next sideways rain with a chill factor only found in most winter climates.

But that’s what makes Wales such an awesome place for golf, you never know what to expect, and the golf courses are built to test your game regardless of the weather conditions. Fortunately for us in the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl we played a course that was not played from all of the back tees. Several of the VERY long par 4 holes were played a tee or two up. Despite this, these holes still played very difficult.

More history on Royal Porthcawl in this video clip below:

Royal Porthcawl

If you haven’t been to the UK or Ireland for a golf experience you are certainly missing out. Golf is completely different over here. All your tee shots need to be carefully planned to avoid the severe pot bunkers on these Links style courses. And of course most have Gorse bushes on either side of the fairway to find errant tee shots that will most likely not be found.

Next years Senior Open is being held at St Andrews (The Old Course) which in my book, is one of the greatest golfing experiences in the planet, and is where golf began. I have played this course many times in the Links Trophy Cup, held each year for the worlds top amateur players. But its been a while since I’ve been there and look forward to the opportunity to play there again.

I have ONE way left to be exempt for next years Senior Open, and that’s to win the Senior Amateur being held next week Aug 9-11 at Sunningdale. I played Sunningdale in the 2009 Senior Open, it is one of Europe’s best courses, and will be a strong test for us.

Stay tuned for video and photos of Sunningdale and my progress in the Senior Open


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