You’ll be playing world-class golf within a few miles of crossing the M4 Severn Bridge into Wales. Celtic Manor Resort, host of the 2010 Ryder Cup, is just the start of it all. Wales’ green, rolling border country is studded with golfing gems.
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You’ve seen it on TV. Now’s your chance to play at Celtic Manor, just off the M4 on the approach to Newport. But which course? The Montgomerie, perhaps? Or the Roman Road? Or follow in the footsteps of your golfing heroes and play the Twenty Ten, the only course purpose built for a Ryder Cup competition. They are all superb championship courses offering a golfing rollercoaster of thrills and challenges set in 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland. And, to cap it all, you have the resort complex itself, one of Europe’s finest, with luxury accommodation, fine dining, a state-of-the-art spa, clubhouses, a floodlit golf academy, driving range, pro shops, fishing, shooting, mountain biking and walking. Golf with all the extras doesn’t get any better than this.
If you cross the Severn Estuary on the original Severn Bridge using the M48 you’ll soon come to Marriott St Pierre, near Chepstow. To give it its full title, Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club is another premium golfing destination. With two top parkland courses – the 7,028-yard Championship Old Course and 5,730-yard Mathern Course – plus a golfing academy, it has hosted many prestigious competitions including 11 European Tour events and the Solheim Cup.
Head into those inviting velvety hills for – forgive the pun – a Rolls Royce of a course. It’s the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, a magnificent championship parkland course within the Rolls Estate, former home of motoring pioneer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls, co-founder of the esteemed marque. The course lives up to its name, with lush, top-quality greens, fairways and surroundings that include many fine specimen trees.
You’re in a very foodie part of Wales – award-winning restaurants and inns abound, especially around Abergavenny (home to a famous food festival). So when you’re heading for the Monmouthshire Golf Club you can look forward to mouthwatering food as well as tasty golf. Monmouthshire is another fine parkland course – in this case designed by the great James Braid – that’s one of the oldest in Wales. Set amongst mountain and riverside scenery in the verdant Usk Valley, it’s a superb example of mature parkland golf that can be as tough as it is beautiful.
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Book into the Celtic Manor Resort or Marriott St Pierre, two easily accessible bases for exploring all of South-East Wales.