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Golf holidays in Wales up a fifth

The number of people taking golf holidays in Wales surged last year as the Ryder Cup inspired people to don their golf clothing and hit the fairway.

According to the Visit Wales Golf Tourism Monitor, the number of people taking golf holidays rose 21 per cent compared with the previous year, despite golfing across the UK slumping 5.3 per cent.

Overall, the number of people heading to Wales to play golf exceeded 200,000 in 2010.

Commenting, heritage minister Alun Ffred Jones told Wales Online: "The Ryder Cup was fantastic for raising the profile of Wales to an international audience, both those who made the trip to the Celtic Manor and those watching on television around the world."

He added that Visit Wales is looking at how to further improve Wales' position as a golf tourism destination beyond 2011.

The 2010 Ryder Cup took place at Celtic Manor Resort's Twenty Ten Course which was specially designed for the event.

The European team proved victorious on their home turf.

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