Celtic Manor Golf Club
Celtic Manor Golf Club remains the world’s most famous golf course and its reputation as a rich man’s paradise continues.
The 630 acres of land used to be part of the massive James Hutton Agricultural Estate, now belonging to the IVASH Co-operative Society which has held the golf club membership for the past 74 years.
Now the beautiful attraction in Angus can compete with the Scottish capitals of Edinburgh and Glasgow for its stars among the top clubs around the world.
18th hole: The 18th hole’s flag is raised in solidarity with the members in Edinburgh who lost a life in a plane crash in 1936
Modern challenges: Another golf hole at Scottish golfers wishing to push the game to the limit by shooting an illegal shot
Co-opway Road, Edinburgh
Neighbouring golf club the Menzies, and fifth from bottom of the BBC European Tour rankings, has had an on-going crisis that has included significant player withdrawals.
Royal Course played host to the 1981 Ryder Cup.
Special relationship: Celtic Manor will host the 2012 Ryder Cup
Managing director George Lucas: “We are the Ryder Cup’s venue and we have 11,000 memberships out of 16,000. The 1,600 from those two home cities accounted for more than half of our memberships.”
Plenty to play: With championship golf features including nine greens, an 18-hole putting green and a variety of par threes and even par fives, club director Fraser Speirs has many ideas on what to do with Celtic Manor’s many fescue links courses
If that is not enough, he says he will look to turn it into a host for another major golf tournament and, “the number one priority in the planning is to become a global multi-sport resort.”