As the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup it is no surprise that Celtic Manor Golf Resort is one of the finest venues in Europe.
Boasting three championship courses – the Twenty Ten, which staged the Ryder Cup, the Roman Road and the Montgomerie – Celtic Manor is a five-star resort where attention to detail and first class service the order of the day.
Celtic Manor Golf Resort Review:
Situated in the Usk Valley just off the M4 near Newport in Wales, Celtic Manor’s 334-room luxury hotel accompanies the three golf courses, not to mention two spas and health clubs, shooting, fishing, adventure courses, tennis and mountain biking facilities.
The Twenty Ten is the best of the three courses. The first-ever track to be designed specifically for a Ryder Cup, the 7,493-yard par-71 tests even the best with water in play on half of the 18 holes.
Any course boasting six signature holes has a lot going for it, the pick of which are the driveable 377-yard par-4 15th and the closing 613-yard par-5 18th. It has arguably the toughest final stretch that will leave a long-lasting memory.
The Roman Road course was the first of Celtic Manor’s trio to be opened when it debuted in 1995, and the breathtaking views across the Severn Estuary towards Somerset and Devon have not changed since.
A par-70 measuring 6481 yards, Roman Road was designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr and has played host to the European Tour’s Wales Open and the Wales Senior Open.
Long open fairways are in abundance, but the course winds its way across undulating hills with trees and streams aplenty. The 14th, a 399-yard par-4, is arguably the pick of the holes on what is a tricky but fair test.
The Montgomerie course, designed as you might imagine by Colin Montgomerie, is a 6371-yard par-69 which calls on a strategic approach. Despite playing up and down some steep hills, it has a links feel to it with deep bunkers and pot bunkers.
The signature par-5 3rd hole is as good as they come, playing over a crest from the tee before dropping dramatically downhill. The views of the Usk Valley have to be seen to be believed.
Par: 71 (Twenty Ten), 70 (Roman Road), 69 (Montgomerie)
Yards: 7,493 (Twenty Ten), 6,481 (Roman Road), 6,371 (Montgomerie)
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