Celtic Manor - The Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie / Design Solutions / Europe / Signature Design / United Kingdom

The Brief

As part of a redevelopment of The Celtic Manor Resort’s golf strategy, following it’s selection as host for the 2010 Ryder Cup, European Golf Design were asked to create a Colin Montgomerie signature course from land that housed both a short academy course as well as holes from a disused former championship course.

The Solutions

  • Create the front nine by converting seven holes of the championship course into eight holes and adding an additional par 3.
  • Design nine brand new holes on the site of the academy course but utilise some existing tee and green platforms to reduce earth movement requirements.
  • Use dramatic potential of the undulating site to create exciting golf holes with plenty of variety.
  • Develop the character of the course using ‘pot’ bunkering to set the course apart from the resorts other two courses.

The Course

The new course was created by building only eleven new green and tee complexes. Careful routing reduced construction costs and allowed the new course to be brought into play within one year. The development of the Montgomerie Course has led to a huge increase in green fee revenue and much higher occupancy rates.


  • The course opened in 2007.

Course Stats

  • Designed in association with: Colin Montgomerie
  • Client: Sir Terry Matthews
  • Course: 18 Holes
  • Length: 6,371 yards, Par: 72

Contact Details

The Celtic Manor Resort
Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley,
Newport, South Wales, NP18 1HQ
T: +44 (0)1633 413 000
F: +44 (0)1633 412 910
E: postbox@celtic-manor.com
W: www.celtic-manor.com