The Vale Resort, which is situated in the Vale Of Glamorgan, is just a short westerly drive along the Welsh South coast from the famed Celtic Manor Resort and, like the famous 2010 Ryder Cup host venue, it is a haven for discerning golfers thanks to its two terrific golf courses as well as an excellent four star hotel boasting a wealth of top class leisure facilities, restaurants and accommodation options. Not sure about you, but this is my idea of a golf destination!
The resort sits on ground that was once part of the historic Hensol Castle Estate – a 17th century stately home, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The peaceful surroundings of the resort make it hard to believe that it is only a few minutes from the M4 which makes traveling to the resort a doddle as well as offering easy access into Cardiff City Centre.
While the hotel and all its facilities and amenities make up the total package on offer at The Vale, it is the golf courses that are the main reason for many to make the trip to the Vale of Glamorgan with Your Golf Travel.
The Lakes Course was the first to be built at The Vale and while it is now arguably the resort’s second course, it still offers a considerable enough test of golf to have hosted various national PGA events. Aptly named, the Wales National Course features water on no less than 12 of its holes including the signature 12th which boasts a dramatic island green and is ranked as one of the best in the UK.
Following a visit to the USA, designer Peter Jonhson decided The Vale required a longer, more testing course than the 6,500 yard Lakes Course and so the monstrous Wales National was born.
At 7,400 yards from the tips, the Wales National Course often plays to a standard scratch of two over 75 which lets you know that it was constructed with some serious golfers in mind. The course offers wondrous variety and tests every facet of your game, particularly your putting thanks to the slick, USGA standard greens.
The course sprawls over rolling parkland that is flanked on all sides by mature woodland which gives the course a wonderfully secluded feel and despite the fact that there is a distinct American accent to the course, it blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.
Having already hosted Europro, Challenge and Senior Tour events, the Wales National Course is seemingly destined to be one of the country’s most in demand tournament courses and is certainly a course to look out for for golfers who are looking to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life by embarking on a weekend golf break.
One suspects that relative anonymity of Peter Johnson has a lot to do with the way in which this course quietly slipped onto the Welsh golfing scene and had more famous designers such as Kyle Philips been involved with the project the Wales National Course would surely have its name up in lights like the likes of the Twenty Ten Course at the nearby Celtic Manor Resort.