For more than one century golfers visiting Royal Porthcawl have entered a clubhouse that is nearer the sea than almost any other clubhouse, hung their jackets on hooks that look as though they are over 100 years old, and admired the two bars known as Trap One and Trap Two with their wooden pockmarked floors.
Visitors have sat on benches that have served thousands of golfers down the years and noted the club's memorabilia all around - the photographs of the club captains for example, the portrait of Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, who would become a patron of the club and who played at the club in December 1932 on a day that was so windy a coastguard had to climb a wobbly pole to secure the club's flag.
One of the pleasures offered by Royal Porthcawl is the chance to spend time on a summer's afternoon on a bench in the lee of the clubhouse looking across the Channel to the long dark line of the Somerset coast. From here, one can sometimes see one of John Masefield's smoke-stacked steamers battling its way down the Bristol Channel.
Visitors are invited to indulge in a post match drink in the Clubhouse where they can relax whilst looking out towards the Bristol Channel and beyond as waves crash onto Rest Bay.
Visitors are also encouraged to use the dining room of if they wish they may order a light snack from the bar menu.
The dining room, which can seat up to 70 people, offers fantastic panoramic views of Rest Bay, Swansea Bay, the 18th green and the opening hole.
The dining room offers breakfasts, fine dining and informal dining. Visitors are welcome to use the facility whilst making the most of the full waitress service. Tables can be reserved in advance by contacting the catering department. Please ensure that the dress code is adhered to when entering the dining room.