Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

Waun-y-Mer,

Kenfig, Mid Glamorgan CF33 4PU

  • Office

    +44 (0)1656 771 613
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1656 783 093
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1656 772 822
  • Golf pro

    Dylan Williams (PGA, Head Professional and Director of Golf).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Links course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland and rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Much of the original layout was designed by Harry Colt (1922). Significant modifications, and the addition of holes 11 through 15, by Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (1947).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6588
6122
5446
Par
71
71
74
SSS or slope
73
71
73

Location

Latitude:

51.506899

Longitude:

-3.716914

How to get there:

19 miles SE of Swansea

Leave M4 at Jtn 37. Follow A4229 direction Porthcawl. After 2.4 miles at roundabout turn right, direction Nottage and Rest Bay. After 200 metres turn right to Kenfig (nature reserve). Follow Kenfig sign through Nottage and nature reserve "bird" sign into West Road. After 1.4 mi golf club is on your right.

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1922

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, or "P&K" as it is commonly known, offers a wonderful golf experience, especially on the highly memorable back-nine. There is nothing overly spectacular about the front-nine: a solid links layout with a good many gorse bushes and lots of wispy rough from which your ball will often be findable and playable.

What will long remain etched on your mind, are the wonderfully crafted and more dramatic back-nine holes. Admittedly, much of the basic crafting comes courtesy of mother nature's lofty sand dunes, stretching fully five miles away to the west. But credit must also go in no small measure to Harry Colt's original design, and the later work of Philip Mackenzie Ross ... both can be applauded for laying out the golfers' absorbing journey through this impressive dunescape.

All around are interesting views - out to the mighty Atlantic, west to the fiery Port Talbot steelworks, across the hills of rural south Wales and down to neighbouring Royal Porthcawl. P&K is yet another fine example of the wonderful array of links golf courses that South Wales has to offer. And certainly one that grows on you the more you play it.

List of courses: Wales - South

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): Mon-Thur £70; Fri £75; weekends £85.

Credit cards accepted (with a small handling charge). Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2021].

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Established in 1922 the original course was laid out by that great architect Harry Shapland Colt; however, World War II enforced many changes. Play was reduced to nine holes, the Army requisitioning the remainder, and the rough track bisecting the course was made into a metalled road. After the war, the pleasant drive by the sea became so popular that play on the nearby fairways was both distracting and dangerous.

At the conclusion of wartime hostilities, it was decided to extend the course seaward, into an area of pristine and dramatic marram-clad sand dunes. A more diversified and undulating natural landscape awaited. Philip Mackenzie Ross, a Scottish course architect heavily in demand at the time, was invited to restore the golf course. Parts of the existing layout needed reworking, while five new back-nine holes would occupy the pristine terrain, which Ross described as a "golfer’s paradise".

Published ranking

Wales: 10th best course in Wales (Golf World, 2019).

Where2Stay

  • Fairways Hotel3-star

    West Drive, Porthcawl CF36 3LS

    +44 (0)1656 782 085

    Visit website

    Close to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and right next to the sea, giving some wonderful views across the Bristol Channel.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal Porthcawl; Pyle & Kenfig

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Southerndown; The Vale Hotel (Wales National and Lake courses).

  • The Great House3-star

    Laleston, Bridgend CF32 0HP

    +44 (0)1656 657 644

    Visit website

    Originating from around 1550, The Great House is a grade II listed building and is believed to have been a gift from Queen Elizabeth 1 to the Earl of Leicester and used as a hunting lodge by him. Stephen Bond Esquire is the Lord of the Manor of Laleston and together with his wife Norma restored the Great House in 1986.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal Porthcawl; Pyle & Kenfig; Southerndown

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      The Vale Hotel (Wales National and Lake courses).

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