IGTM Golf Tournament
Monday 19th October
With beautiful scenery and so many wonderful courses in South Wales, the IGTM Golf Tournament this year is guaranteed to be one to remember. Each of the selected five courses have been awarded multiple accolades over the years and have played host to some of THE biggest golf tournaments in the world, including the Ryder Cup, The Solheim Cup, The Walker Cup, The Senior Open Championship and dozens of European Tour events.
Please note that places in the golf tournament are limited and will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. Confirmed IGTM 2020 attendees will be notified by email once the registration portal for the golf tournament is live. Course allocation will be based on your accommodation.
Celtic Manor | The Twenty Ten
Designer: Ross McMurray
Scorecard: Par 71 | 7,493 yards
Distance from the ICC: Walking distance
Built to stage the Ryder Cup, The Twenty Ten at Celtic Manor was the first course to be designed specifically for golf’s greatest team tournament. This challenging golf course measures a robust 7,493 yards off the back tees and has a par of 71.
With water hazards on half of its holes, the course has six signature holes and presents many more memorable tests and risk-and-reward dilemmas. One of the features of the spectacular course is its variety with many of the earlier holes having a links-like feel with long rough and greenside swales, before the middle section reveals the full extent of the lake-lined challenge. A tough finishing stretch culminates in a real sting in the tail at the 18th.
Celtic Manor | The Roman Road
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Senior
Scorecard: Par 70 | 6,039 yards
Distance from the ICC: Walking distance
The very first of the Celtic Manor Resort golf courses, Roman Road opened in 1995 and was ranked ‘the top inland course in Wales’ by Golf Monthly Magazine.
This par 70 course overlooks the Severn Estuary with views across to Somerset and Devon. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, it is named after the old Via Julia Roman highway that ran through its fairways. Venue for numerous European Tour and Senior Tour events, this challenging course features some long open fairways but also a number of twists and turns through trees and across streams.
Designer: Ramsay Hunter
Scorecard: Par 72 | 7,065 yards
Distance from the ICC: 45 minutes drive
One of the jewels of golf in Wales, Royal Porthcawl is a truly magnificent setting sloping down to the seashore. The absence of sand hills usually found on links courses enables you to see the sea from every hole and to enjoy memorable views south to Somerset and Exmoor, and northwest across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula.
With holes facing into every point of the compass, you are constantly tested by the wind and will be needing every club and golf shot in your locker. The status of the course is sustained by the many amateur and professional events held at the Club over the years.
Royal Portcawl measures 7,065 yards from the back markers, but position from the tee is just as important as distance as many pro’s have discovered over the years. Royal Porthcawl has hosted the 1995 Walker Cup (including a fresh faced Tiger Woods), the Amateur Championship on six occasions and more recently the Senior Open Championship in 2014 & 2017.
Vale Resort | Wales National Course
Designer: Peter Johnson
Scorecard: Par 73 | 7,433 yards
Distance from the ICC: 28 minute drive
The Wales National Course is a par-73, a relative rarity in terms of golfing architecture at 7,433 yards from the championship tees, it is one of the longest golf courses outside the US. A variety of par shots also helps keep the pace of play varied, challenging even the most competent of golfers.
The Vale of Glamorgan is sometimes referred to as ‘the garden of Cardiff’ with mature woodland, wide and narrow fairways, and vast water and bunker features, that are teaming with wildlife.
Opened in June 2003 by Great Britain Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, the Wales National Course has already played host to several European Challenge Tour and Senior Tour events, as well as the PGA Europro Tour.
St Pierre Country Club | Championship Old Course
Designed: C.K. Cotton; opened in 1962, remodelled in 2008 by Ross McMurray
Scorecard: Par 72 | 7,028 yards
Distance from the ICC: 20 minute drive
The Championship Old Course at the St Pierre Country Club has hosted the Solheim Cup and many other European tournaments, boasting six past Ryder Cup Captains as champions.
Ken Cotton designed the original Old Course in 1961. European Golf Design architect Ross McMurray extensively re-modelled it in 2008 with new tee complexes, reconstructed bunkers and a testing dogleg par 5 on the 7th hole.
Designed around an 11-acre lake lined with century-old trees, the signature hole is the 18th, requiring a precision shot 235 yards across the lake's edge to a raised green.