WHEN I VISITED SOUTH WALES for the first time late last year, I was surprised to find it was just under a two hours' drive from London's Heathrow airport to the impressive Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. The Celtic Manor's Wentwood Hills Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., opened in May 1999. It hosted the 2003 Wales Open in June, and — a real feather in its cap — was chosen to host the 2010 Ryder Cup (in Wales for the first time). The property's two other courses were ...

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