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Ryder Cup 2010

38th Ryder Cup Matches take place in Wales

The prestigous golfing tournament takes place in Wales for the first time, staged at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, south Wales.

From design, development and construction of the new 18 hole course, plus new clubhouse and infrastructure scheme, the investment will cost over £16 million achieving the ultimate challenge to the world’s top golfers in match play conditions. Re-development of the course is underway and will be completed in the summer of 2007.

Course Information
Par 71

Measures 7,459 yds in length.

Features nine brand new holes (1st – 5th and 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th) that have been developed along the floor of the Usk Valley, as well as nine holes from the former Wentwood Hills Championship Course that have been extensively remodelled (6th – 13th and 17th).

Six signature holes (the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 14th, 15th and 18th), each of which features a notable water hazard.


Airport Transfer Information

Manchester 172 miles approximate journey time to Newport 2hr 30 mins

London Heathrow 122 miles approximate journey time to Newport 1hr 45 mins

London Gatwick 157 miles approximate journey time to Newport 2hr 13 mins

Birmingham 105 miles approximate journey time to Newport 1hr 33 mins

Bristol 36 miles approximate journey time to Newport 45 mins

Cardiff 32 miles approximate journey time to Newport 43 mins


Places of Interest and Facts about Newport

2500-500 BC Evidence of Bronze Age activity and settlement in the area

1st century AD The Silurians are the only native tribe to defeat the Roman army

75 AD Roman military settlement established in Caerleon

410 The last dregs of the Roman army leave Britain

5th century AD First church built on site of St Woolos Cathedral

AD864 St Woolos church founded by St Gwynllyn

1101 Bassaleg Benedictine Priory founded

1100s St Woolas Cathedral built

1140 The first wooden castle is built on Stow Hill

1327-86 A stone castle is constructed on the river bank

1371 Newport House of Augustinian Friars founded

1385 Newport is granted its first charter by Hugh, Earl of Stafford

1405 The castle is strengthened during Owain Glydwr' s raids

1500s Tredegar House built

1500s Murrenger public house built

1632 Newport receives a Royal Market Charter from King James 1

1645 Sir William Morgan entertains King Charles 1 at Tredgar House

1672 Tredegar House completed

1796 Opening of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal

1810 Commercial Rd & Commercial St built by Sir Charles Morgan's Tredegar Wharf Company

1832 The town suffers its first cholera outbreak

1839 Chartist uprising John Frost (1784 – 1877)
Prosperous citizen turned rebel who led the Newport Rising. The Chartists campaigned for basic democratic rights taken for granted today but overlooked in the Great Reform Act of 1832. Only property owners were allowed to stand for parliament- and that excluded most ordinary people. Frost marched on Newport at the head of three thousand men, mostly miners from the Gwent Valleys. They converged on the Westgate Hotel in Newport where the Chartist prisoners were supposed to be held. Frost, although sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered, escaped the death penalty. Fearing that it would exacerbate a tense situation, the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne ordered Frost to be transported to Australia instead. Frost eventually returned to Britain by the time of his death at the age of 91

1842 Town Dock opens - able to accommodate the largest ships in the world

1870 W H Davies, renowned poet born in Portland Street, Pillgwennly

1877 Athletic grounds at Rodney Parade opens

1899 Current town market built

1894 Belle Vue Park opens

1906 Transporter Bridge opens
This unique grade 1 listed structure is the essence of industrial development in Newport.
Designed by the eminent French bridge designer Ferdinand Arnodin , his 'Aerial Ferry' was built to provide safe passage across the high tidal River Usk, to enable development of the east bank of the river.

1909 Disaster strikes during the construction of Alexander Dock - 39 men are killed

1937 King George VI visits Newport and cuts first sod of new Civic Centre building

1949 St Woolos Church achieves full cathedral status

1962 Spencer Steel Works, Llanwern opens

1964 Roman Baths at Caerleon found

1974 Tredegar House and 90 acres of parkland bought by the Council

2000 Newport wins Wales in Bloom for the fourth time

2002 Newport awarded city status