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Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales,
Designer:Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Championship Length:7,403 yards
Celtic ManorHome to three golf courses, Celtic Manor is different than the majority of other great golf courses in the United Kingdom in that its foundations don't lie somewhere in the 19th century. Measuring some 7,400 yards from the back stakes, the Wentwood Hills layout is the championship venue. It hosted the inaugural Welsh Open in 2000, again in 2001 and is the frontrunner to host the Ryder Cup in 2010 should the event be played in Wales for the first time. The other courses at Celtic Manor include the par 69 Roman Road Course, a fine championship layout; and the par 59 Coldra Woods Course, rated as the best such short course in the country.

Comprising a luxury five-star hotel and set in 20,000 acres of scenic parkland and forest, Celtic Manor is the ultimate modern golf resort. All three golf courses at Celtic Manor were jointly designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Jr. and though the Wentwood Hills course opened for play as recently as 1999, it has already twice hosted the Welsh Open, a European Tour event. Despite its youth in golfing terms, the course has gained lavish praise from all who have played here, including golfing legend, Seve Ballesteros, who insisted: "It's one of the most beautiful courses I have ever played on - a fantastic course in a fabulous location".

The Wentwood Hills course makes spectacular use of the contours of the Usk Valley and offers some really breathtaking panoramas, while perfect playing conditions all year round are almost guaranteed by comprehensive under soil drainage and specially selected grass. Architecturally, few golf courses are as emphatic. Occupying 350 acres, which is enough land to build three courses, Wentwood Hills provides a magnificent mixture of mountain and Floridian golf.

Water plays a large part in the design of Wentwood Hills, particularly on the stretch between the 5th and 8th holes. The par five, 5th hole is played directly alongside a lake while the placement of the green on the 6th, rated the second most difficult hole on the course, ensures that a regulation approach, assumes knee quivering proportions. The 190-yard 7th hole requires a precision shot to a green tucked in behind more water, while the par four, 13th hole, climbs remorselessly as it turns through a right angle over a stream to a hillside green. In short, to say there are no mundane holes here is a gross understatement.
Aberdovey (3 hours); Burnham & Berrow (65 min); Little Aston (2 hrs, 10 min); Royal North Devon (2 hrs, 40 min); Royal Porthcawl (50 min); Royal St. David's (3 hrs, 35 min); Saunton (2 hrs, 35 min); Southerndown (45 min); St. Mellion (3 hours); St. Pierre (30 min); Stoke Poges (2 hrs, 15 min); Sunningdale (2 hrs, 15 min); Tenby (2 hrs, 5 min); The Belfry (2 hrs, 10 min); Walton Heath (2 hrs, 50 min); Wentworth (2 hrs, 15 min)
Bishopstrow House (1 hr, 30 min); Celtic Manor Hotel (on site); Coed y Mwstwr Hotel (45 min); Lords of the Manor Hotel (1 hr, 30 min); St. Pierre Hotel & Country Club (30 min); The Bath Priory Hotel (60 min)
Exiting the M4 at Junction 24, Celtic Manor is situated just off the A48 route to Newport, approximately 15 miles northeast of Cardiff.
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