Following Team USA’s 1 – 1 “win” over England in the Football World Cup this summer, the whole of Europe now lines up to challenge another Team USA this weekend – at the Ryder Cup. Armed with CoPilot Live v8 (with traffic, naturally) two of ALK’s more fanatical golf-loving employees are lending the European team their support and heading down the M4 to the Celtic Manor to take-in the matches and the intense atmosphere.
Being a native of the City of Newport, (which the BBC never fails to ignore when mentioning the venue) I’ve equipped my colleagues with a couple of additional POIs that they may want to check out in between the antics of Rory, Tiger etc on the course.
Sitting on the river Usk and just 10 minutes down the hill from the Celtic Manor Resort is the village of Caerleon. This was the location of one of three Roman fortresses in Britain and the furthest the Romans were able to establish a foothold in Wales while battling with the locals.
Their present to the region? An amphitheatre – its a few years old now but you can still wander around the main staging area and take your place on one of the remaining stone seats and let your imagination do the rest.
Caerleon is also rumoured to be the location of King Arthur’s Camelot – although equally, it’s rumoured it’s not.
Looking a little like a sideways Eiffel Tower, Newport’s most striking landmark is the Transporter Bridge, one of only four of its kind in the world.
Based on a design by French designer Ferdinand Arnodin and completed in 1906, its purpose was to provide a downstream river crossing that at the same time, allowed shipping access to the local docks.
The primary method of crossing for cars and pedistrians is on a gondolier, suspended from an overhead gantry. However, on special occasions you can also choose to cross by foot on the supporting structure – but this is only recommended if you have a serious head for heights!
Set in 90 acres of woodland, Tredegar House is a fully restored 17th Century mansion and ancestral home of the Morgan family.
As it will also be close by to one of the main car parking areas for the Ryder Cup it may be hard to avoid but it’s still worth a visit within its own right. The Morgan family history spans over 500 years with some notable eccentrics including a pirate who has subsequently been immortalised in a famous brand of rum.
With these attractions and easy access to the coast and surrounding countryside, there are plenty of other distractions nearby, including the obligatory consoling or celebratory drink at the 19th hole!
The contest will also be keenly followed by many at ALK’s Worldwide HQ in Princeton New Jersey, not least by our Chairman and Founder Dr Alain Kornhauser. As with the football in the summer, a draw in the golf would once again rank as win for team USA, as the Ryder Cup is retained by the previous winner in the event of a tied-score come the end of the day on Sunday.