Rest Bay, Porthcawl, CF36 3UW

Founded 1891 - Course Type Links - Par 72

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Royal Porthcawl's entitlement to be an honoured place among the world's best golf courses is usually confirmed by playing the first three holes that run alongside - and in places seem part of - the scalloped edge of Rest Bay.

The beach can appear all rock and pebbles until the surfer's sea recedes to reveal 300 yards of firm sand across which the prevailing westerly whips. It is by no means a course of fearsome length; it doesn't have fancy lighthouse, high dunes or deep ditches. It doesn't even have a tree. But it is never out of sight of the sea or blocked by the majestic view of Swansea Bay or out of reach of a wind that is particularly troublesome on the first three and last four holes. The 18th is played directly towards the sea, the prevailing wind and the setting sun. When all those are in their glory, there are few finer finishes.