Ogmore by Sea,
Bridgend, Glamorganshire CF32 0QP
18 holes. Heathland & links-style. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Downland and heathland.
Original layout by Willie Fernie (1905). Later modifications by Herbert Fowler (1908), Willie Park Jr (1913) and Harry Colt (1920).
20 miles W of Cardiff
Leave M4 at exit 35 and follow the A473, direction Bridgend. After 3.7 miles take second exit at roundabout and follow A48 direction Port Talbot. After 1 mile (at traffic lights after railway bridge) turn left onto the B4265 direction Ogmore by Sea. After 1 mile turn right onto the B4524 direction Ogmore / Southerdown Golf. After 1.4 miles turn left at the Pelican pub, and follow steep hill up to golf.
Southerndown Golf Club: With all the character of a links course, but set 200 feet above and one mile back from the sea, Southerndown provides a challenging test in a very natural and authentic golfing environment.
A straight game will serve you well here at Southerdown, certainly better than hitting long but offline. Sheep keep the rough nicely trimmed here, but wayward shots that miss the tightish fairways will be gobbled up by good quality revetted bunkering, or worse still, by thick gorse bushes and ferns that line many fairways.
The constantly undulating terrain can soak up any amount of rainwater, allowing play to continue whatever the weather. From most parts of the course you'll get the chance to marvel at some wonderful views, which at various times include the Atlantic Ocean, a stunning set of sand dunes between you and Porthcawl, the River Ogmore, Bridgend and green hills and valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see.
Although at times the course may strike you as a tad rustic, the excellent golfing test this layout offers combined with the marvellous scenery, makes this an essential part of getting to know golf in South Wales.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available (if pre-booked).
Southerndown has previously hosted professional tournaments such as the Piccadilly Masters and Martini International. More recently it hosted the Welsh Amateur championship, but is perhaps best known for staging the Duncan Putter tournament, a prestigious event won in the past by golfers such as Bradley Dredge, Philip Price, Paul Way, Peter McEvoy and Gary Wolstenholme.
2019 Golf World rating: 8th best course in Wales.
Coychurch, Bridgend, Glamorganshire CF35 6AF
+44 (0)1656 860 621Visit website
Perched on a Welsh hillside and surrounded by woodland, this Victorian mansion provides a cosy and secluded hideaway overlooking the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan. The name Coed-y-Mwstwr translates as "Whispering Trees".
Royal Porthcawl; Pyle & Kenfig; Vale Hotel (The Lake course and Wales National)
Hensol Park, Hensol, nr. Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY
+44 (0)1443 667 800Visit website
This excellent resort hotel is home to two championship golf courses, Wales' largest health spa, and very good overall sports facilities.
Lake Course, Wales National Course
Royal Porthcawl; Southerndown; Pyle & Kenfig
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