Is it possible for a course to be very good, but at the same time very over-rated? The old Wentwood Hills layout was, in my opinion, much better and a more slick design. The 2010 kept some of the old layout, and these are the best holes on the course, the newer ones are almost without exception... long.
There just is no subtlety to the 2010, its a "hit ball long" "hit approach over water" type of course. Its not a bad course, quite the opposite, its just so manufactured as a golfing challenge that it belongs on a video game rather than as a must play.
I have marked it as good, as it is very clearly a championship golf course, both in style and presentation, and the Celtic Manor know how to treat guests, no issue with anything other than the course for my money, and even then, if you take it for what it is, you wont be disappointed.
Date: September 15, 2020