Cardiff plays host to a great range of attractions, from architecture and culture to shopping and many fine restaurants. Staying in a hotel in the centre of Cardiff is a great way to see all of its delights, but is also the perfect base for exploring the wider area around the city. There is much to explore just a short drive away.
Celtic Manor Resort Golf Club is a superb place to visit, not just for golf enthusiasts but anyone who wants to spend some time in the Welsh countryside. The area around the Usk Valley, where the resort is situated, is known as one of the most beautiful landscapes in South Wales.
The club boasts three championship courses, as well as its own golf academy. The Twenty Ten is so named as it was designed specifically to stage the 2010 Ryder Cup competition. The course is of a true championship standard, with half of the 18 holes featuring water hazards, as well as six signature holes along its 7,493 yards. Although the course is a seemingly not too taxing par 71, there is plenty of rough and other hazards to encounter before the notorious 18th hole.
The Roman Road course was the first to be opened at the resort, in 1995. It has been voted the top inland course in Wales by the prestigious Golf Monthly. With views over the River Severn and as far as Devon and Somerset, non-golfers as well as players will enjoy a walk around the Roman Road course just to admire their surroundings. The course is named after the Roman roads that were built around the area, and was carefully designed to avoid disturbing any sites of archaeological importance. The course is surrounded by mature trees, and features lakes and streams, twists and turns along its 6,600 yards.
The Montgomerie Course is named after its creator and designer, the legendary Colin Montgomerie. His Scottish roots are clear in the design of the course, which has a traditional links feel with deep bunkers. Views around the undulating course are spectacular and the par of 69 is a tough but enjoyable challenge for any golfer.
Celtic Manor Resort Golf Club offers so much more than golf. It is popular as a wedding venue, but there are also many activities to be enjoyed. These include clay shooting with laser-adapted rifles, the Forest Jump with high and low ropes, pitch and putt and adventure golf. One special event is the Roman Fortress day out, held on Saturdays and school holidays, in conjunction with the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon. Children and adults can step back in time to discover everything about the Roman history of Wales.
There is so much to see and do on your doorstep when staying in a budget, mid-range or five star hotel in Cardiff city centre. But it is also a great spot to journey further afield, to the Vale of Glamorgan, the southern Brecon Beacons or the Usk Valley.