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Tee Time

It's finally here.  After 294 years of build up (actually it's only 9 years but it feels much longer) it is at long last Ryder Cup week here in Wales.   The teams arrived this morning and there will be a couple of days practice, a big Millennium Stadium concert before the serious business gets underway on Friday.

It's not surprising that as host of this great competition the Celtic Manor at Newport, is probably our best known golfing venue, but there are plenty of other courses throughout the region waiting to challenge you.

Royal Porthcawl certainly does just that when the wind starts blowing in off the sea.  When first opened in 1895 it was Southern Wales' first 18 hole golf course.

With a back drop of the Severn Estuary and the course following the contours of the Monmouthshire countryside, Dewstow is one of the most picturesque courses in the country.  The 6th hole of the Park Course is believed to be the only par 6 hole in the UK with 690 yards separating the tee from the hole.

If it's golf with stunning views that you're after then it's worth paying a visit to the West Monmouthshire Golf Club.  It is the highest course in the UK looking out onto the Brecon Beacons.  The 14th tee is the most spectacular at 1500 feet above sea level.  I hope you're not scared of heights!

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