The Celtic Manor Resort will be building its new practice ground in an environmentally friendly fashion for the 2010 Ryder Cup, with help from RWE npower.

Due to the location of the facility there was a need to raise the level of the land before grassing over the driving range.

Therefore, Celtic Manor teamed up with energy supplier RWE npower, which has provided 150,000 tonnes of pulverised fuel ash that can be used instead of expensive primary aggregate.  

Dylan Matthews, Chief Executive of Celtic Manor, said: “Hosting the Ryder Cup is not just a massive opportunity for Celtic Manor, but for the whole of Wales.  It has required a lot of hard work and we have been extremely conscious of the need to find the most environmentally friendly solutions to the challenges we have faced.

“When building the new Twenty Ten golf course we were able to use earth and rock excavated from the closing holes dug into the hillside to build up the level of the land on earlier holes in the flood plain. There was no such option available for the new practice ground on the other side of the river so working with RWE npower has provided the ideal solution.

“Using ash in this way means that we can dramatically reduce the amount of aggregate that we use. This partnership is helping to deliver outstanding facilities and help the environment.”

Together with the European Tour, the Celtic Manor Resort has been committed to making the 2010 Ryder Cup one of golf’s most environmentally sustainable events.

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