Seniors Open Championship – Bridgend Tourism Association Guide
The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex will return to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club from 27-30 July, 2017 following the huge success of Wales’ first Senior Major Championship in 2014.
More than 43,000 spectators lined the fairways of the revered Bridgend links to witness Bernhard Langer produce one of the stand-out performances in the history of senior golf to win the title for a second time, finishing 13 shots clear of 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie.
Monday 24th July
Wednesday 26th July
Official practice day. Tickets available for £16.50
Thursday 27th July to Sunday 30th July
Senior Open Championship. Tickets available from £26.50 per day
Public arriving my cars are encouraged to leave the M4 at junction 38 and follow designated championship signage towards the car parking.
The closest station for those travelling by train is Bridgend, approximately 8 miles (13 km away). Taxis take around 20 minutes and are available outside the station.
A free shuttle bus will run between Trecco Bay and the event, stopping close to town on the way, between 10am and 4pm Thursday to Sunday. Further details will be available and publicised locally prior to the event.
For regular news updates on the event go to http://www1.bridgend.gov.uk/media-centre.aspx
A flashback to 2014
Our Golf Courses:
1. Royal Porthcawl Golf Club – Former editor of Golf Illustrated magazine voted Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, the venue for this year’s Senior Open Championship, amongst the 12 best courses on the planet. The course hosted Wales’ first Senior Open back in 2014 and has become renowned for it’s championship course. The course slopes down to the seashore where golfers can enjoy views out to sea from every hole. Looking forward to the Senior Open Championship again in 2017.
2. Pyle and Kenfig – Pyle and Kenfig is located in the Kenfig National Nature Reserve and the championship course is ranked as one of the top ten in Wales. Affectionately known as P&K, the course features lofty sand dunes and offers some of the finest holes in Bridgend with panoramic views of the Welsh Mountains.
3. Grove Golf Club – The Grove remains one of Bridgend’s most popular courses welcoming both members and non-members. The course is a challenging 18 holes that is perfect for a day trip or those looking to perfect their skills can book a lesson with one of the club’s pros.
4. Maesteg Golf Club – Established in 1912 Maestag Golf Club was created from naturally picturesque surroundings, sitting in the Llynfi valley, with rolling terrain and stunning views across South Wales. The course suits golfers of all abilities and was originally designed by golf legend James Braid.
5. Coed y Mwstwr – The parkland course at Coed y Mwstwr, just under 6000 yards with a par of 69, features tree-lined fairways. The course provides golfers with a fun challenge and a chance to enjoy some of Bridgend’s epic landscapes.
6. Bridgend Golf – Located just on the outskirts of Bridgend with direct access off the A48, Bridgend Golf is a fantastic nine-hole course and practice range, golf shop and cafe. The course itself offers two par-4 holes, the remainder being par-3. Having recently seen a number of improvements, the course is testing enough for experience golfers while also being an ideal spot for learning to get to grips with the sport.
7. Southerndown Golf Course – Southerndown is unique. Nature has crafted an unusual ‘limestone-heath’ on which we play our golf. The massive limestone outcrop, which rises over 70 metres from the sea and gives us such superb views, accounts for the course’s free drainage; the overlying soil supports acid-loving heathland vegetation such as heather, bracken and gorse; and the westerly winds have deposited centuries of sand to give the front eight holes a springy, links-style character. A traditional private members club that boasts all the facilities you would expect to find at one of Wales finest championship courses.