The 2010 Ryder Cup Course figures

Discover seven facts about the building and design of one of the world's largest sporting events, the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport.

  • 1 million tons of earth shifted

    1.1 million tons of earth and rock were shifted in the construction of the course in 2005 and 2006, the majority of which was excavated to form the closing holes on the hillside and transported to build up the level of the land for the lower holes in the flood plain of the River Usk.

  • 15 miles of underground drainage

    Over 15 miles of underground drainage has been laid under fairways and greens to ensure course playability.

  • 20 million pounds spent

    Around £20 million has been invested in building the new course, clubhouse and surrounding infrastructure for The 2010 Ryder Cup.

  • 50 planning conditions

    A total of 50 separate planning conditions were adhered to during the course build to address archaeological and ecological issues.

  • 12 course redesigns

    Course plans for the Twenty Ten changed a dozen times as new archaeological finds were uncovered, including Roman pottery kilns, villa foundations and graves.

  • 6 metre otter exclusion zone

    A six metre exclusion zone was implemented on the banks of the River Usk to preserve otter holts.

  • 6 month wildlife study

    Overhead road crossings for dormice were constructed following a six month study of dormouse colonies and underground road crossings for toads were also built.