Golf and Spa: WAGs Guide
Celtic Manor Resort - host of the 2010 Ryder Cup and dramatic European victory

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Celtic Manor provided a dramatic setting for the 2010 Ryder Cup


Ryder Cup WAGs found nothing to complain about at this years Ryder Cup as Graham McDowell sealed a Cup win for Europe. As the WAGs sheltered from the rain or tired from the daily events, and wanted to take a break from following the stars around the course, they could simply summon a chauffeur-driven buggy to deliver them to one of two opulent spas for a spot of off-course rest and relaxation.

The Forum Spa is The SPA Traveller's favourite, its divine 20-metre pool is perfect for swimming laps or simple floating about, with its giant Welsh-dragon mosaic floor, housed underneath a simulated blue sky which darkens at night with twinkling stars. Just a few feet away, a hot pool, steam room and sauna are primed to soothe tired muscles, while a weary minds can be calmed by an impressive range of beauty or massage therapies in the treatment rooms.


Once inside the golf and spa resort it is impossible to escape the fact that you are in a five-star establishment. Celtic Manor is spacious – which is reinforced by the atrium that greets you at the entrance. Gazing up at all six floors of the hotel (each one adorned with florally decorated interior balconies) – right up to the giant octagonal skylight – it is impossible not to be impressed.

The living quarters will impress any visiting international golfer and partner who will be especially thrilled to see the ample space afforded by each of the 362 rooms, the vast beds and accommodating wardrobe areas, plus choice of shower or bath (WAGs take note, Elemis products galore) in generous bathrooms, each boasting many square metres of Italian marble.

The whole setting, from the sweeping driveway down to the hotel and the 1,400 acres of parkland estate within the Usk Valley (graced by its peacefully flowing river, forested hills and seductive vales), to the three impeccably manicured 18- hole golf courses, is a panoramic achievement of which Newport, Wales and Britain can be proud.

All this, the vision of  Sir Terence Matthews a Welsh telecommunications entrepreneur. In 1980, Sir Terence purchased a 19th century manor house which was the maternity hospital he was born in.  With a keen eye for business he decided to take advantage of what he saw as an excellent leisure industry opportunity and turned the manor house into an elegant 70-room period retreat. With the vast tracks of land surrounding the hotel, Celtic Manor was destined for success and fame.

The 140 million cash injection is still the biggest single private investment in the British hospitality industry resulting in the Celtic Manor Resort winning numerous spa, hotel, clubhouse and golf-course awards.

Sir Terence did not stop there. He went on to secure the rights to host the 2010 Ryder Cup by agreeing to designing a new course specifically for the 73-year-old event, which is a first in the Ryder Cup's history



And so the par-71 Twenty Ten Course – a was created. Colin Montgomerie, the European captain, knows Celtic Manor well, having designed one of the other 18-hole championship courses which is named after him. As host captain, Montgomerie was able to make a number of changes to the Twenty Ten Ryder Cup course to suite the European teams style of play.

Celtic Manor is a fabulous 'What women want' venue, be it for a weekend of pampering and leisure, or combining golf and spa. For the more active, there is also fishing, tennis, walking and mountain biking trails...

For details and prices of all spa and golf packages: Tel: +44 (0) 1633 413000

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