Wales, United Kingdom
Set in 2,000 acres of parkland at the gateway to Wales, the Celtic Manor Resort boasts three championship golf courses including the Twenty Ten, the stage for Europe’s dramatic Ryder Cup victory in that year. No golf fan will ever forget Graeme McDowell with his arms aloft after holing his crucial birdie putt on the 16th hole, or the rapturous scenes of celebration on the next green when he sealed the win that reclaimed the trophy by a single point.
The spectacular Twenty Ten Course was purpose-built for the drama of team matchplay with water featuring on nine of the 18 holes and risk and reward challenges lurking around every corner. From lacing up your shoes at the same lockers which still carry the name plaques of the Ryder Cup players, to a post-round drink on the clubhouse balcony where Team Europe celebrated victory by spraying champagne over their supporters, there is a special atmosphere to every moment on the Twenty Ten Course. Like the Twenty Ten, holes on the Roman Road and Montgomerie courses have also seen action during the 15 years that the Wales Open was staged at Celtic Manor, and both are well-manicured championship layouts in their own right. The Roman Road is also the stage for the annual Celebrity Cup event but don’t let the wonderful views over the Severn Estuary distract you from the job at hand on some tricky, and sloping greens.
The apres-golf is every bit as appealing with golfers able to choose from four hotels in the Celtic Manor Collection plus ten luxury Hunter Lodges which all sleep eight people and have outdoor hot tubs with superb views over the lakes of the Twenty Ten Course.