Celtic Manor, Royal Porthcawl & Pennard

Take on the Ryder Cup 2010 challenge & some of the best links courses in the UK

Celtic Manor, Royal Porthcawl & Pennard
  • The eyes of the golfing world turned to South Wales in 2010 when the fabulous Celtic Manor Resort played host to the Ryder Cup. From the city life of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport to the coastal course of Ashburnham, there are over a 100 good quality golf courses to choose from in this area, with Royal Porthcawl rightly regarded as one of the best in the world. In conjunction with SoutherndownPyle & KenfigAshburnhamPennard and you have 5 spectacular links courses that compare well with any of those greats in Scotland and Ireland…at a fraction of the price!

    South Wales weather

    Average weather graph of South Wales

  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $1105pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive in London and travel straight to Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa 4* (Heathrow Airport to Mercure Cardiff Holland House = 2hrs5mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Southerndown Course (33mins drive from Mercure Cardiff Holland House)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at Celtic Manor Twenty Ten Course (25mins drive from Mercure Cardiff Holland House)
    • Day 4 - Play golf at Royal Porthcawl (39mins drive from Mercure Cardiff Holland House)
    • Day 5 – Play golf at Pyle & Kenfig Course (32mins drive from The Dragon Hotel and return back to USA)

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

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      New York John F Kennedy (JFK)

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  • Tee Times

    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses

    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues.

    Caddies and Carts

    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis.

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Practice Facilities

    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts

    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

    Handicap Restrictions

    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    The Weather

    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!

David McKevitt, product Manager - UK & Ireland

David McKevitt

Product Manager - UK & Ireland

“South Wales is only a 2-3 hour drive west of London, and dotted along this spectacular coastline you have 6 wonderful links golf courses. Further inland you can play the 2010 Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor as well as some other great parkland courses. The best of both worlds!”

David McKevitt

Product Manager - UK & Ireland