Twenty-Ten Course Recovers from Ryder Cup Rigours

Returning to The Celtic Manor Resort for last week’s SAAB Wales Open one could not fail to be impressed by how well the Twenty-Ten Course had recovered from the rigours of staging the Ryder Cup last October. Where once there were seas of mud along the spectator walkways there is now fine green grass and the course was back at its best, glorifying in some welcome sunshine.

The transformation of the course and its surroundings is all the more remarkable when you take into account the terrible winter weather, when this part of the country had snow lying for over a month, and then the prolonged dry spell and high winds which were experienced in the spring.

Much of the credit for this must go to Director of Golf Courses Jim McKenzie and his team who, having done so much last year to set up the golf course for the Ryder Cup, were then treated to the worst weather imaginable during the actual event. Since then it has been a matter of committing resources towards getting the course back to full fitness in readiness for the SAAB Wales Open on the 2nd June.

Ironically more rain fell at Celtic Manor Resort in two days during the Ryder Cup then has fallen since, but at least this dry spell has allowed 40,000m² of new turf to be laid in the worst effected parts of the golf course. To put this into context this would be enough grass to relay the pitch at the Millennium stadium some four times over, or, for a golfing analogy, approximately 70 greens. Most of this turf has been installed on the lower, flatter parts of the site, but also on the hospitality platforms and the tented village location where large numbers of people and often vehicles did most damage. In fact the impact on the venue did not end on the last day of the Ryder Cup as removal of the infrastructure went on into December, requiring hundreds of additional truck and vehicle movements in increasingly damp ground conditions.

For the event last week the Twenty-Ten Course was prepared immaculately and proved a real challenge to the players in blustery winds. Despite some rain on the last day the staff at Celtic Manor Resort can breathe a sigh of relief that there was no repeat of the biblical downpours of last October. This time, with the Wales Open at an end, the golf course will be right back into action, providing a thrilling test for average golfers who wish to tread the same path as their golfing heroes.

The 18th Hole on the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor during the 2011 Wales Open