A little extra
Pack your bags for a stay at one of our luxury golf resorts, where a great game is just part of the package.
To the Manor born
Celtic Manor’s golfing pedigree speaks for itself. The 7,493-yard Twenty Ten course shot to fame as the host of one of the most exciting Ryder Cups in living memory, with Europe clinching a one-point victory in the final singles match of the competition. A round here is both an exacting test of your game and a chance to walk in the footsteps of golfing giants. Here’s your chance to discover if you could have sunk the 17th green putt Graeme McDowell holed to seal the competition for Europe in 2010.
Celtic Manor Hotel and Roman Road Golf Course, Newport
But The Twenty Ten is not the only game in town. Celtic Manor’s other two world-class championship courses give it a serious run for its money. The par-70 Roman Road was named best inland course in Wales by Golf Monthly and has competition pedigree of its own, most recently hosting the Wales Senior Open in 2015. The par-69 Montgomerie (designed by the Ryder Cup hero of the same name) transplants classic Scottish links features to Wales, with yawning pot bunkers liberally sprinkled over its undulating terrain.
As epic as the golf is, it’s when you step off the course that you’re struck by what Celtic Manor Resort has to offer. Accommodation ranges from exquisitely appointed rooms in four different hotels to chic self-catering in the Hunter Lodges (think ski chalets with a golfing twist). Hungry? Take your pick from a menu of seven delectable restaurants. There’s no shortage of things to do either, from adventure golf and tree top climbing courses for the kids (and the young at heart) to a sumptuous spa, fitness centre and swimming pool perfect for cooling off after a hard day on the course.
You’ve got Vale
A few miles down the road you’ll find The Vale Resort. Nestled in the lush green Vale of Glamorgan, it also serves up a killer combo of great golf and four-star accommodation. Two championship courses vie for your attention. At 7,433 yards, The Wales National is one of the longest courses outside the US. Strewn with water hazards and tricky bunkers, power and precision is required to navigate its fearsome length. With water in play on 12 of its 18 holes, sister course The Lake certainly earns its name. The signature 12th hole is the best example, demanding an accurate shot to an island green (you’ll have to cross the footbridge to take your putt).
Vales Resort, Vale of Glamorgan
Vale Resort continues to impress once the golf is done. With 19 treatment rooms and six uniquely themed relaxation zones, the award-winning spa is a reason to visit in its own right. Once the stresses of the day have soaked away, enjoy classic recipes made with the freshest Welsh ingredients at the AA Rosette-winning Vale Grill, or wet your whistle at the bubbly, 1930s-themed Salamanza Champagne Bar.
Make yourself at home
More places to stay and play
Marriott St Pierre, Chepstow
Stay: Set inside a 14th-century manor house in 400 acres of lush grounds, Marriott St Pierre offers all the luxuries you’d expect of a high-class hotel. Enjoy fine Welsh cuisine in award-winning Morgan’s restaurant, take a dip in the pool or relax with a treatment at the indulgent onsite spa.
Play: Take your pick from two 18-hole courses. Built around an 11-acre lake, the challenging Old Course has hosted competitions like the British Masters and Curtis and Solheim Cups. Slightly less testing than its big brother, the Mathern Course is still a stern golfing challenge (watch out for the 14th, which crosses two rivers).
Trefloyne Manor, Tenby
Stay: This family-run boutique guesthouse is a haven of hand-made luxury. Its 12 individually designed rooms have a real sense of style, while a meal in the sun-drenched Orangery restaurant comes with a side order of delicious Pembrokeshire countryside views.
Play: Founded in 1996, Trefloyne’s 18-hole parkland course is impressively mature for its age and hosted its first PGA event in 2010.
Bryn Meadows, Caerphilly
Stay: Comfort is the watchword at Bryn Meadows. The 42 rooms are kitted out with the softest of soft beds and finished off with elegant Italian furniture. There’s also dining with a view at panoramic Blas restaurant and an onsite spa for some real R&R.
Play: Bryn Meadows’ par-71 parkland course packs plenty of challenge into its 6,156-yard length. Big hitters beware as a successful round requires precision over brute force. Highlights include the signature second hole, a 557-yard par-five with a tricky third shot over water.