Southerndown Golf Club in Wales
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales has been altered by several men, including H.S. Colt. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 1
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 1
The first hole at Southerndown Golf Club heads severely uphill from the clubhouse. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown GC in Wales - No. 2
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Southerndown GC in Wales - No. 2
The par-4 second hole plays downhill at Southerndown GC. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club
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Southerndown Golf Club
Southerndown Golf Club overlooks the town of Porthcawl in the distance. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - links
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - links
Despite sitting on high ground above the sea, Southerndown Golf Club features fantastic links-style fescue turf. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 5
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 5
The par-3 fifth hole plays to an elevated green at Southerndown Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 7
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 7
The par-3 seventh hole plays gently downhill and up to 220 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown G.C. in Wales - sheep
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Southerndown G.C. in Wales - sheep
Set on common land, sheep roam free at Southerndown G.C. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - Newport
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - Newport
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales is the nearest links course to Newport, home of Celtic Manor and the 2010 Ryder Cup. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown golf course in Wales - gorse
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Southerndown golf course in Wales - gorse
Though fairways are wide, gorse guards the short grass at Southerndown golf course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 15
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 15
A shorter par 4, the 15th hole at Southerndown Golf Club is well guarded by bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 17
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales - No. 17
The par-4 17th hole plays more than 400 yards from the back tees at Southerndown Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Southerndown Golf Club in Wales

BRIDGEND, Wales -- Established in 1905, Southerndown Golf Club ranks among southern Wales' top links golf courses.

The golf course has been redesigned numerous times, including alterations from Herbert Fowler and H.S. Colt. Colt helped redesign parts of Southerndown, including four new holes -- Nos. 7, 8, 17, and 18 -- when he was in town to design Royal Porthcawl G.C. down the road.

In fact, the town of Porthcawl can be seen in the distance from many points of Southerndown, which sits on high ground. Despite sitting away from the sea by about a mile, the golf course features firm, fescue turf and plenty of gorse bushes.

Southerndown G.C. is set on common ground. Sheep roam free and graze the rough. While driving the ball is relatively easy at Southerndown, thanks to wider-than-average playing corridors and low rough, the approach shots pose real difficulty. There are many contours in the greens and surrounding areas, as well as deep, small sod bunkers.

Southerndown Golf Club is the nearest links course to Newport and Celtic Manor Resort, a drive of about 30 minutes.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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