The Celtic Manor Resort is home to three wonderful championship golf courses in the south of Wales. This top golfing destination in Wales is located just a short drive from Cardiff, and is very accessible. With such prestigious courses on offer, no golfing trip to Wales is complete without a visit to Celtic Manor.
The Twenty Ten course was created with the specific goal of hosting the 2010 Ryder Cup in mind. The brainchild of Celtic Manor owner, Sir Terry Matthews, the Twenty Ten course was a rousing success throughout the course of Europe’s victory in the prestigious competition, which was the first time the Ryder Cup was ever held in Wales.
The championship tees on this course play at a huge distance of 7493, which would be a testing length for many professionals. There are alternate tees though, which still allow players to take in the splendour that Twenty Ten has to offer.
Drama has always been the key component of any successful Ryder Cup, with the balance of power resting with whichever side has momentum at that moment. To amplify this factor in Celtic Manor, the course features water hazards on nine of the eighteen holes, several of which are based on the classic risk-or-reward premise that really comes to the fore during matchplay golf.
There are plenty of opportunities to score low on the Twenty Ten course, but equally there are several danger zones where shots can eke away from you. Twenty Ten proved a marvellous Ryder Cup venue because of the back-and-forth nature of the course, and it is a round of golf that will provide just as many exciting moments when you play it yourself. Easy come, easy go is a good motto to have when making your way through Twenty Ten.