Chairman of Glamorgan County Golf Union

Chairman’s Statement

The Glamorgan County Golf Union exists to support its clubs in the development and sustainability of amateur golf. Our affiliated clubs extend from Cardiff in the East, to Pennard in the West, up to Merthyr Tydfil in the North and St. Athan in the South. We have some wonderful coastline on which lie some of the best links courses in the United Kingdom in Southerndown Golf Club, Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club and the world renowned Royal Porthcawl Golf Club , which hosted the Senior Open Championship in 2014 and 2017 and soon to be the venue for the 2021  Women’s British Open.

The county also includes some of our beautiful Welsh valleys which offer some stunning scenery and challenging golf courses to provide a warm welcome for visiting golfers.

The GCGU supports golfers of all ages and abilities.

At Junior level, there is a robust coaching structure available to all boy members, of any of our clubs. From this structure, squads are produced from the age of 10 up to 18 and teams are chosen to represent the county in matches and tournaments.

In the Men’s game we have the First team, the Wessex league team and the Senior team. These teams play against other counties in the Channel and Wessex leagues and also compete in Welsh Championship events.

We run Championships and Orders of Merit for all these groups, as well as team handicap events and we are looking at increasing the number of handicap events so that we, as a county, engage with as many of our members as possible.

Leagues are run for club’s first, second and third teams and there is also a Junior league, with the winners representing Glamorgan in the National finals.

This structure has worked well for many years and in that time many amateur internationals have been produced, as well as professionals such as Stephen Dodd,  Stuart Manley and Ryder Cup player Phillip Price who famously defeated Phil Mickleson in the 2002 Ryder Cup match at the Belfry.

Golf in our county is run in a very open and transparent manner, by a hard working executive who are always open to any suggestions or feedback that may help us to improve the events that we run and if there are any enthusiastic golfing administrators in the county, who would like to get involved, please contact any member of the executive.

Golf is thriving in Glamorgan and, as always, we as a county organisation are very grateful to our clubs and their members who allow us to use their courses to run our events. Our members enjoy some great golf courses, some wonderful scenery and any visitors can be assured of challenging golf and a very warm welcome.

Enjoy your golf