Review by Joseph Austin (TGB Director) 15.06.2011 HCP 7
The Montgomerie Golf Course, Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, South Wales, NP18 1HQ
The Montgomerie Course at The Celtic Manor resort is somewhat overshadowed by the 2 more well known courses at the Resort. With the 2010 course having hosted the Wales open for the last 3 years and most notably the Ryder cup in 2010 its no wonder that this is the course everyone wants to play. Then we have the Roman Road which has also held a number of prestigious events including the Wales open. It is easy to see why the Montgomeries is overlooked. however the Montgomerie offers a fantastic test of golf, the course itself is a stern test but with accurate tee shots and good course management it is possible to score good numbers. The par 5 9th is a good example of this, playing 530 yards uphill only the Tigers amongst us can get up in 2. But with a good drive and strategic 2nd birdies are very possible with a huge and fairly flat green (word of advice: note pin position as green is 40 yards long and can play up to 3 clubs longer if pin is at the Back).
Another par 5 on the front nine is possible the most breathtaking hole in Europe. The Par 5 3rd measures 609 yards off the back tees but is actually reachable in 2 blows for bigger hitters albeit only in the summer months. With a will struck drive you are faced with an approach playing steeply downhill with the fairway running down to the green in a ‘V’ shape meaning most shots will runs back towards the fairway. Upon reaching the brow of the hill some 270 yards from the tee you are faced with one of the most spectacular views across the Usk valley, and arriving to the green itself its hard not to be amazed by views over the 2010 course below.
The other memorial hole on the Montgomerie is in my opinion is the 10th. A 421 yards (from the White tees) a downhill dog leg left with approach over water, This is a quality golf hole which certainly test your nerve – Note – perhaps take one more club than you thing on approach to the green as its better to be long on this wonderful par 4.
If, as many visitors do, you are playing the Montgomerie as a warm up round before venturing on to the 2010, the views of the course from the Montgomerie seriously get your mouth watering for the Ryder cup venue. Word of advice: unless you are an Olympic athlete a buggy is recommended to all as the course is very hilly and there are a number of long (and hilly) walks from tees to greens.
The Montgomerie offers a fine test of golf, with big elevation changes, spectacular views and water hazards in abundance The Montgomerie is certainly not the weak link at Celtic Manor. In comparison, if you have played the Derby at the Belfry and are expecting a course of similar standard you will be in for a shock! The Montgomerie holds its own and complements its 2 bigger brother perfectly.
TGB is proud to offer The Montgomerie at Celtic Manor and know that anyone visiting this venue is assured of a warm welcome and memorable experience.