With less than 10 weeks to go until The Ryder Cup tees off in Wales, Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has paid a visit to the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport to see preparations and facilities.
Mrs Gillan visited the purpose-built Twenty Ten clubhouse, from where the European and American teams will be competing during the three-day tournament, and toured the magnificent 18-hole course, the first ever to be designed and constructed specifically to host The Ryder Cup.
She also saw work underway on the corporate VIP facilities and on-site press and media complex, which will serve a global television audience of around one billion people.
Speaking at the Twenty Ten clubhouse, Mrs Gillan said: “The Ryder Cup is one of the most prestigious golfing events in the world. More than 45,000 spectators will be flocking to the Celtic Manor Resort for each day of play in October, with another billion television viewers tuning in across the world. This is an unparalleled opportunity for Wales to show the world what we have to offer.
“Having seen the first class facilities and infrastructure in place, I am confident that The Celtic Manor Resort will deliver an event that will be the pride of Wales.
“From the world-class Twenty Ten course, within its glorious Welsh countryside setting, to the showpiece Twenty Ten clubhouse, The Ryder Cup will confirm the Celtic Manor as one of the top golfing resorts in the world.
“But the benefits must not stop once the tournament is over. The Ryder Cup Legacy Fund is already planning projects and initiatives which will build on the success of The Ryder Cup 2010 right across Wales and will ensure Wales becomes a genuine international golfing destination.”