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Celtic Manor Wales Open provides rigorous rehearsal for Ryder Cup

The Celtic Manor Wales Open provides the final dress rehearsal for The Twenty Ten Course which promises to provide so much drama in The Ryder Cup.

Roddy Williams, European Tour Editorial Staff

The Celtic Manor Wales Open provides the final dress rehearsal for The Twenty Ten Course which promises to provide so much drama in The Ryder Cup.

Under European Captain Colin Montgomerie’s instructions, the course has undergone a substantial improvement programme over the winter.

Designed by European Golf Design and purpose built for the team match play excitement generated by The Ryder Cup, the course features water on six of the last eight holes and is poised to produce a thrilling climax when the eyes of the golfing world are trained upon it in October.   

Montgomerie, has been working closely with Celtic Manor’s Director of Golf Courses, Jim McKenzie, and European Golf Design’s Ross McMurray to implement some final tweaks to the layout.

“We’ve deepened a number of bunkers with larger faces and the rough will certainly be consistently thicker than it has been in previous years,” said McKenzie.

“The greens will also be a lot firmer which is something we’ve been working towards since the course opened in 2007 and which has always been a high priority for Colin Montgomerie. It means only properly struck iron shots will be rewarded by stopping quickly on the greens.”

The biggest single revision has seen a huge swale scooped out to the left of the 11th green, increasing the chance of shots misdirected that way finding the lake or leaving a tricky tight lie from which to get up and down.

“I think it will be a huge advantage for Colin to see the refinements that he has recommended in tournament play before The Ryder Cup,” added McKenzie. “The most notable change to the landscape of the golf course is the new swale spilling off the left of the 11th. It’s made the green a much narrower target, as it should be for a reachable par-five, and will leave players with their hearts in their mouths if they pull their approach shots that way.

“The remedial work has also seen us remodel the greenside bunkers with larger faces and similar bunker reshaping has also been done on holes 7, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 18. Drainage in these and other bunkers has also been improved.”

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