Review for Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

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Having spectated at the Ryder Cup here in 2010, I was very eager to play what looked like a stunning (if slightly American styled) course. However, in the absence of all the stands and crowds I was slightly underwhelmed by the first 9 holes. Although they were mostly good holes in thier own right (with 3,5 and 6 being particular standouts) there was a very open feel to the whole place and it felt like you could see everyone else on the golf course. This is the opposite of what seems to be done on modern designs like Kingsbarns, Castle Stuart, Trump etc whereby you can only see the hole that you are on which gives a much better impression. The back 9 however is superb with each hole being a visual treat and requiring real strategy to play. Obviously this culminates in the famous 18th which is a great final hole, although it is out of reach in two which means laying up with a 4-iron or soemthing after a great drive which is a litlle bit hard to swallow.Overall it is well worth playing and the condition of the course and the quality of the clubhouse etc is second to none. One irritating point is that buggies cant leave the cartpaths leading to huge delays in walking from the path to your shot if it is on the other side of the fairway. I believe this contributes greatly to the time it takes to get round here. Take my advise and do what we did - take caddy cars.STAG

Date: October 25, 2012

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