The Celtic Manor is at the forefront of the recent rise to prominence of Welsh golf. The resort's reputation will continue to rise with the opening of the Ryder Cup Course, which will stage the matches in 2010, catapulting the Celtic Manor onto the world stage.
Roman Road Course
The Roman Road was the resort's first, opened in 1995, and was then ranked as Wales' best inland layout. Since then, intensive investment has drastically improved the drainage, ensuring that the course can handle the demands of resort golf. Robert Trent Jones had to build around the many ancient Roman roads that traverse the land, and his work was so good that it played host to the Welsh Open in 2005 and 2006.
The recently opened Montgomerie Course has been built using the land that formerly hosted the Coldra academy course, and Monty has used some of the original holes from the former Wentwood Hills Course, which played host to the Welsh Open from 2000 to 2004. The hilly layout will be a challenge for the best ball-strikers, and is a welcome addition to the Celtic Manor's golfing repertoire.
Twenty Ten Course
The impending Ryder Cup Course has been built at the bottom of the valley, and as a result the surrounding hills serve as natural amphitheatres; the atmosphere at the 2010 matches promises to be scintillating. Early predictions estimate that 50,000 people will follow each encounter when the Europeans and Americans lock horns around the 7,469-yard stadium course. Early visitors will have a chance to experience a slice of Ryder Cup action when the course opens in late 2007.
The Roman Road course was the host venue in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for The Celtic Manor Wales Open and the 2005 and 2006 All*Star Cup which over the two years of the event has featured celebrities such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Ronan Keating, Chris Evans, Jodie Kidd, Bruce Forsyth, William Baldwin, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, James Nesbitt and Jane Seymour.
With water hazards on half of its holes, the course has six signature holes and presents many more memorable tests and risk-and-reward dilemmas. One of the features of the spectacular new course is its variety with many of the earlier holes having a links-like feel with some long rough and greenside swales, before the middle section of the course reveals the full extent of the lake-lined challenge.
A tough finishing stretch culminates in a real sting in the tail at the 18th.
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