Within its first year of opening The Twenty Ten at The Celtic Manor Resort has been named ‘Clubhouse of the Year’ in an annual awards poll and its Rafters Restaurant has picked up a coveted AA Rosette for the quality of its cuisine.
The spacious new clubhouse beat off stiff competition from the likes of Sunningdale and The Belfry to land the UK title from Clubhouse Magazine.
Built to serve the first course in history to be constructed specifically for staging The Ryder Cup, the new facility impressed judges with its striking, contemporary architecture and welcoming feel, as well as its luxurious facilities and seamless service.
The relaxed ambience and modern European dining available in Rafters Restaurant was another key ingredient and also proved a recipe for success when inspectors from the AA assessed the dining venue for the first time.
In its guide to how restaurants are judged, the AA states that Rosettes are only awarded to “Excellent restaurants that stand out in their local area. The food is prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good-quality ingredients.”
Opening along with The Twenty Ten Clubhouse in November 2007, Rafters Restaurant offers unusually high quality cuisine for a golf clubhouse and has already won a strong reputation with local diners and hotel residents, as well as members and visiting golfers.
Twenty Ten clubhouse manager Matthew Lewis said, “It is an honour to win these awards during our first year of operation and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff that we have achieved this success.
“We would like to thank all our members and visiting golfers who have been so enthusiastic in their praise of both the Twenty Ten Course and the new clubhouse. We look forward to welcoming many more golfers in the coming years, including some very special guests in 2010.”
A dedicated golf services team meets golfers outside the clubhouse entrance to unload clubs and luggage, allocates an individual locker for the day with the golfer’s name printed on the door, organizes and equips buggies where requested, and transfers golfers from the clubhouse to the first tee.
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