Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten) - South Wales - Wales

Celtic Manor Resort,
Coldra Woods,
Newport,
NP18 1HQ,
Wales


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Celtic Manor Resort played host to the 2010 Ryder Cup matches between the USA and Europe. Team Captains were Corey Pavin (US) and Colin Montgomerie (Europe). The first Ryder Cup to be hosted in Wales was also staged on a golf course designed specifically for the event, which was unfortunately blighted by bad weather that twice resulted in the suspension of play and finally concluded on the Monday. Europe had a 3-point lead going into the singles matches, but Team USA rallied, taking the tournament to the anchor match between Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan. McDowell thought he had already faced his sternest character test after winning his first Major at the US Open Championship earlier that year, but he was wrong. "I have never felt as nervous in my life," McDowell later admitted after defeating Mahan 3 & 1 to regain the Cup for Europe. Europe 14 ½ - USA 13 ½. The Ryder Cup was played at Valhalla in 2008 and at Medinah in 2012.

The resort at Celtic Manor was conceived and developed by Sir Terence Matthews. In the late 1970s, Matthews bought a near-derelict manor house and turned it into a small hotel. The hotel became popular and successful, winning the Egon Ronay Best Hotel in Wales award five years on the trot. Matthews’s long-term vision was a golfing complex and no doubt he thought the piece de resistance was the Wentwood Hills course, which opened for play in September 1999, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr but we doubt that even in his wildest dreams could he ever have imagined that Celtic Manor would host a Ryder Cup.

A bit of Augusta, a bit of Florida and a lot of Wales, was how they referred to Wentwood Hills and they were absolutely right. There was a coalition of British and American features, which Trent Jones Jnr described as “a true championship course that combines a hilly landscape with the more traditional links-like features of an estuary. There's great variety here”. But all that was before Celtic Manor became the chosen venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup when a decision was made to create a new course for staging golf’s greatest team event.

In July 2007, the first course to be built specifically for the Ryder Cup opened its tees for play. The course, aptly called “Twenty Ten”, is the result of collaboration between the European PGA, golf course architects and tour pros; the objective was to create a unique Ryder Cup venue.

The new Twenty Ten course measures a beefy 7,493 yards with par set at 71. It features nine dramatic new holes that have been routed through the Usk Valley, as well as nine holes from the former Wentwood Hills course that have been extensively re-fashioned. The new design ensures not only that each hole is an exacting test but also that there is an amphitheatre for great spectator viewing.

The Celtic Manor Wales Open, staged on the Roman Road course until 2007. saw the event switch to the Twenty Ten course in 2008 with Scott Strange victorious. The 2009 tournament saw Denmark’s Jeppe Huldahl upstage a stellar field to land the 2009 title and its £300,000 first prize. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the 2010 event. Speaking to the BBC in June 2010, Celtic Manor owner Sir Terry Matthews cast doubt on the future of the Wales Open… click here for more. However, Saab stepped in to sponsor the Wales Open in 2011 (won by Alexander Norén) and ISPS Handa took the reins over in 2012.

With water hazards on half of its holes and no fewer than six signature holes, Twenty Ten represents a serious test and also plenty of risk-and-reward challenges. Variety is a keyword of Twenty Ten, where a number of holes on the outward nine have a links-like feel before you enter the lake-lined middle section prior to reaching the elevated closing stretch of four holes which witnessed plenty of memorable Ryder Cup drama.

Wentwood Hills was a formidable championship layout but Twenty Ten is perhaps even more frightening, especially if your game is off tune. If you are a lover of all things traditional, then Celtic Manor is probably not for you. But if you are seeking thrills and an exciting and tough challenge, then Twenty Ten will fit the bill perfectly.

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simon smith
Great course and i thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Clubhouse superb and so is the service. Course is very difficult even playing off the yellow tees on a perfect scoring day. Can't wait to see the pros play off the blue tees on a misty morning. Accuracy and distance control required to put any kind of score together. Definately worth playing so that you can make that all important comparison when the Ryder Cup comes to town.Play it if you can - enjoy !!
May 05, 2009
8 / 10
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Ken Skates
The best golfing experience you can hope for. It’s not just that this is in astonishing place to play golf, with countless risk and reward holes, beautiful views and involving challenges. The overall experience is what raises the 2010 course above its competitors. The staff are the friendliest and most professional you will meet in the UK, with none of the pretensions or snobbery that afflict so many golf clubs. If you are fortunate to play here you will have your car valet parked and your clubs will be taken to the practice range while you are shown to the changing rooms. Here you will find a locker reserved with your name on it and a complimentary 2010 shoe bag inside. The services and clubhouse are first class, with everything you could hope for available in the resort. The 2010 course itself is immaculate and an excellent contrast to the Roman Road. I’d suggest playing the two courses on consecutive days for a truly memorable break. Play now, before Ryder Cup fever takes hold!
April 14, 2009
10 / 10
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Stefan Hindmarsh
I visited the 2010 course at Celtic Manor so exited that I couldn't sleep for 2 days beforehand! I was not let down! We arrived at the wrong clubhouse the lodge by accident and the concierge was so pleasant and organised that we had transportation in 3 minutes to take us down to the 2010 clubhouse. Then having arrived we were greeted as Sir, Gentleman, etc, but not in a too formal fashion, it felt welcoming. The Clubhouse itself is fantastic however be aware it is expensive! The course however was brilliant. We were told by the starter that the course had undergone a lot of work and we should be wary that in places it was in poor condition… far from it! There were about three new bunkers which were nearly healed and about three fairways had undergone work but they too were playable and all the greens were in good condition. A brilliant course with many excellent holes (3,5,6,9,11,12,13,14,15,18) my favourites. Only the 4th and 8th were average! Well worth a visit but I would advise high handicappers to think twice before challenging the 2010 and should maybe try the Montgomerie or the Roman Road.
April 06, 2009
8 / 10
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