New Fine Dining Experience at Celtic Manor

Celtic Manor have rebranded their fine dining restaurant; offering a fresh experience but with the same award-winning Head Chef, Tim McDougall.

Formerly The Crown at Celtic Manor, the restaurant is now named Terry M and the hotel insists that the same exceptional standards will be delivered, worthy of the coveted 3 AA Rosettes awarded previously.

An a la carte menu will be available for lunch and dinner as well as an express one-hour lunch menu for busy diners.  In the evening, a six course tasting menu is available for groups of diners and offers a fantastic opportunity to sample many of the delights available.

 

 

BBC Team of the Year 2010

The European Ryder Cup team have been honored at the recent BBC Sports Personality Awards.  They were named the team of the year after defeating the US at Celtic Manor in October.  Click here for more information.

By Gary Sheppard.  Gary had been with PerryGolf for over 4 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

2010 Ryder Cup Venue honored at recent International Awards Ceremony

Celtic Manor, the host venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup, was named the Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).  In being awarded with this highly regarded title, the resort follows in the footsteps of world renowned properties such as San Lorenzo in Portugal and The Turnberry Resort in Scotland.  Before casting their votes, members of IAGTO were urged to take the following elements into consideration; service and facilities, maintenance and aesthetics of the course, customer satisfaction and value for money.  I can speak from experience having attended the Ryder Cup Matches and I cannot say enough about the golf course as it was exposed to some brutal weather.  The fact that the course was even playable was a minor miracle!  Unfortunately I could not get access to the hotel, but I have had feedback from clients in the past and the property comes highly recommended. Click here  for more information.

By Gary Sheppard.  Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 4 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

Ryder Cup – final thoughts

It is hard to believe almost one month has passed since the wonderful drama at Celtic Manor. Many people may not have forgotten the unfortunate rain of Friday and Saturday but the Monday finish was so dramatic that it will forever record these Matches as one of the best. Jim Frank offers his thoughts on both Celtic Manor and Wales as a golf destination;


Ryder Cup Teems: Reflections In The Rain

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A month and a half ago, I played the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor. It was my final round in Wales after touring the country for two weeks, playing golf and blogging about the courses—and other amenities—throughout the country. Wales is a wonderful golf venue, with many great links courses. But it’s still rustic compared to Scotland and even Ireland, with tiny winding roads …

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About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

Reflections on the Ryder Cup – from the travel world

The mystique of the Ryder Cup continues to grow thanks to another exciting event. From a television vantage point at least the Matches appear to have been played in the spirit in which intended with sportsmanship displayed by members of both sides. The crowd, while clearly favoring the home team, were respectful to all of the players.

The course design looked ideal for the Matches. The closing hotels, fifteen onwards were terrific match play venues.

I think in general, given the electric finish to the Matches, the frustrating weather conditions were regarded as a thing of the past. I have seen some bloggers suggest the Matches be hosted in warmer climes,  while the dates for Celtic Manor may not have been ideal there is no doubt it was a reasonable risk and well within “the season” to host such an event.

Looking forward, what will be the impact on golf tourism to Wales? From an American perspective I think Celtic Manor has certainly made it’s way onto the golf map and golf in Wales will enjoy a bump.  If history is anything to go by, both Valderamma (Spain, 1997) and the K Club (Ireland, 2006) enjoyed short term activity but the longer term benefit from the U.S. marketplace has been more muted. Another dynamic that is now in play as more continental European countries are connected to the event by virtue of team members, e.g. Molinari brothers from Italy. Golfers from these countries are also now keenly aware of Celtic Manor as a golf destination.

For the last several years, and I suspect it will continue for the foreseeable future, the Welsh Tourist Board have worked tirelessly to promote golf in Wales. A number of noted golf travel writers and publications have been hosted in Wales during the last 18 months with commensurate exposure.

Longer term, the key for the Welsh is to sustain the interest generated at this event and continue to focus attention on many of the outstanding links courses which dot the coastline….coupled with unique hotel experiences.
 

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+