Course restored for Senior Open

Senior Open at Royal PorthcawlThe club is being talked of as a possible venue for the main Open contest

The Royal Porthcawl golf club is hosting one of the most important events in the golf calendar just months after storms damaged its fairways.

The links course saw massive waves wash over parts of the course in January, depositing rubble and a large fish.

Now the course has been restored to its full glory in time for the Senior Open to begin.

The competition sees golfers including Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomery and Bernhard Langer tee off.

Dr Huw Jenkins, the captain of Royal Porthcawl, told BBC Wales: “We’re blessed at the moment to host the most prestigious tournament in golfing terms that Wales has ever hosted, the Senior Open.

“Many of the world’s leading golfers are here. They are all enjoying the course and all the feedback we have had is what a wonderful place it is.”

Josephine Naysmith took this picture of the wreckage on Royal Porthcawl Golf Club's course including the carcass of a large fishThis was the scene of wreckage at the Royal Porthcawl, including the remains of a fish, after the winter storms

However there has been a lot of work done to ensure the course was up to the challenge following the winter storms.

The club’s golf professional Peter Evans explained: “In January we had huge storms and the tide came onto the course quite a few times and created a lot of damage to the course.

“With huge amounts of effort from our ground staff headed by Ian Kinley they restored the course and as you look down the course you can barely see that the tide did come onto the course itself.”

The course has been talked of as a possible host for the main Open, which has never been held in Wales, the only one of the four UK nations not to do so.

Newport’s Celtic Manor resort hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010 for the first time. which First Minster Carwyn Jones said proved Wales was capable of delivering international golf events.

The Royal Porthcawl has already hosted the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup and several European Tour events.

Colin MontgomerieColin Montgomerie, the winning Ryder Cup team captain at Newport in 2010, on the first day of the Senior Open

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