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Chosen by a panel of experts, over renowned Ryder Cup host The Belfry, the Vale Resort picked up the accolade at the inaugural 59 Club Awards Dinner, established to recognise excellence in golf.
The Vale Resort in Wales was recognised as the ‘UK’s Most Enjoyable Golf Course’ at a prestigious awards ceremony last week. Chosen by a panel of experts, over renowned Ryder Cup host The Belfry, The Vale Resort picked up the accolade at the inaugural 59 Club Awards Dinner, established to recognise excellence in golf.
59club’s independent panel of testers was responsible for picking the winner of the award from over 50 courses. After whittling the finalists down to two, The Vale Resort’s Wales National course and the Brabazon at The Belfry, the panel decided that the Welsh course was ultimately their favourite to play in the whole of the UK. It’s a notable feather in the cap of The Vale Resort as The Brabazon has previously staged some of the most memorable moments in the history of the Ryder Cup.
The Vale Resort’s Golf Operations Manager Clive Coombs says “We are absolutely thrilled with the win, especially when you look at the standard of the courses that we were up against. At The Vale Resort we are, of course, committed to ensuring that our courses play to the very highest standard, but it has also always been absolutely crucial to us that our members and visitors are able to come and simply enjoy the experience that we offer here - I’m delighted that our efforts have paid off.”
The Vale’s Wales National course, which has hosted a number of European Challenge Tour events, offers a mixture of mature wooded areas, wide and narrow fairways and vast areas of water features. This is all set within 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside, boasting an abundance of wildlife.
The Wales National opened in 2003 and is one of the longest champion golf courses outside America at 7,433 yards off the championship tees. Water comes into play on a number of holes and greens are also constructed to USGA standard. The Wales National’s 2nd hole is the longest par 5 in Wales.The other, par 72, Lake course is dominated by a 20-acre lake and has water coming into play on 12 of its holes. Its 8th hole looks down over the largest heronry in Wales. Its unique signature hole, The Island Green (12th), has been ranked as one of the UK’s top golf holes.
Clive Coombs leads a team of four top golf professionals, all fully qualified members of the PGA with over fifty years of professional golfing experience between them. The team is renowned for its friendly approach to beginners or newcomers as well as to their challenging tutorials for more competitive golfers
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