The Vale Resort is another of South Wales' stunning resorts and boasts a number of unrivalled facilities. With 36 championship golf holes on offer, any golf fanatic will be at home at The Vale Resort as both courses provide players with both a unique and equally impressive golfing experience. 

On top of the golf, the resort is also renowned for its fantastic accommodation, luxurious Spa and delightful restaurants, meaning that even the non-golfers among us are able to enjoy a stay at The Vale. Found just outside of Cardiff, the lavish resort is easily accessible and more than warrants a trip down to South Wales. 

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Golf Courses at The Vale Resort

Wales National Course

The Vale is among a select few golf resorts in the UK to offer guests two high quality courses. The parkland layouts that encircle the superb four-star resort hotel are a joy to play, giving wonderful variety to every stay.

Stay and play at The Vale and you and your group of golf society will have the chance to tackle what is a genuine tour standard championship course – the Wales National. A par of 73 and a full length of 7,433 yards give insight into the challenge of this monster layout, but that’s by no means the end of the story. The Wales National is superbly conditioned, thanks in part to its USGA specification greens, and its collection of water hazards and acres of sand mean that trouble is never too far away. Long and challenging, yes, but the Wales National is a wonderful treat that every golfer will enjoy.

Course Information

Par 73
Designed by Peter Johnson
Opened in 2003
Previously hosted Several European Challenge and Senior's Tour events plus Euro Pro Tour events have taken place on the Wales National Course

Tees

Blue 7,433 yards SSS 75
White 6,987 yards SSS 73
Yellow 6,617 yards SSS 71
Red 5,863 yards SSS 74

Lake Course

As its name suggests, the Lake Course is dominated by water; in fact, a 20-acre lake comes into play on no less than 8 of its holes, creating plenty of drama and no little challenge. The signature 12th hole and its island green will make nerves jangle and will be a highlight of any round – many a tale to be told in the bar!

Course Information

Par 72
Designed by Peter Johnson
Opened in 1990
Previously hosted Wales and West PGA National Championships

Tees

White 6,304 yards SSS 72
Yellow 5,986 yards SSS 70
Red 5,754 yards SSS 74

Signature Hole: The 12th hole on the Lakes course is the signature hole with an island green, just like the 17th at TPC Sawgrass. The 12th hole is seen as one of the best holes in UK Golf. 

Accommodation at The Vale Resort

The four star hotel is built on ground that was once part of historic Hensol Castle estate - a 17th century stately home, set in an area of outstanding beauty. In spite of this, the resort itself is only a few minutes from the M4, and offers easy access into Cardiff city centre.

Every aspect of the Resort has been designed to maximise comfort and convenience for every type of golfer. All rooms are air-conditioned, have lavish en-suite facilities and a large number of them afford spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding countryside.

In addition to the luxurious accommodation, guests are welcome to take advantage of the first-class leisure facilities and the range of cuisine in the hotel's AA rosette restaurant.

The exceptional leisure facilities available include:- a large-state-of-the-art-gymnasium with the very latest computer-aided fitness equipment, a luxury 20 metre indoor pool, fitness studios (offering a variety of classes including Yoga and Pilates), plus squash and tennis courts, sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath.

For a more indulgent experience, you can visit Wales’ largest spa to take time out, chill and treat mind, body and soul in an atmosphere that stimulates the senses.

Friendly, welcoming and informal is the standard order of the day. A large modern and bright lounge area provides the perfect setting to discuss that "missed putt" or 300 yard drive. Good wholesome food is available in the Clubhouse bar or for larger group bookings private dining in La Cucina can be arranged (set menu ) For an alternative dining experience the Vale Grill offers a best of Welsh menu and has recently been awarded an AA rosette.

Features

  • Golf Buggies
  • Driving Range
  • Tuition
  • Putting Greens
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna
  • Solarium
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gymnasium
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Jacuzzi
  • Conference Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Family Rooms
  • Family Suites
  • Creche
  • Late Night Bar
The Vale Resort
Hensol Park, Hensol, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY
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Great hotel, food really good and lovely staff very friendly.

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Excellent

This has to be the best kept secret in the UK. The staff were very professional,nothing was too much trouble, the food was well above average quality and excellent value. The only let down was the outdated bar. Spotless room with a view over the lakes course from a balcony. WiFi was intermittent probably due to large outage.room facilities were very good.our third visit and never had a bad one.

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8.0
Very Good

hotel and rooms are really comfortable and beautifully located. Bathroom is fully equipped, clean and comfortable as well. When you book an early round of golf in the weekend be advised that breakfast starts later than during the week.

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Average

Hotel in general was superb. Unfortunately the restaurant and bar staff are very unhelpful and on or last night they decided to close the bar at 1015pm. Found that very strange as we hadn’t even finished dinner so drinks were not available at the table.

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Excellent

Our expectations were exceeded, the room was extremely spacious and comfortable. Our dining experience was really good in the evening. Breakfast was a really nice start to the day. I particularly liked the chef on hand ensuring the food was topped up and freshly cooked were required.

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10
Excellent

Cannot fault a single thing during our stay at The Vale Resort, extremely happy and a very satisfied customer. Will be returning again 100%

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8.0
Very Good

Hotel was very nice only problem was I booked two twin rooms only got one and one double that was the only let down

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Excellent

Traveled over the Easter weekend, weather was fantastic which definitely help make the long weekend The hotel is one of the best we’ve been to - room size is very good for people sharing and the decor is fresh and modern The gym and spa areas are also good, and we didn’t have a problem booking treatments even though the hotel was quite busy and we where a group of 33 Both golf courses are worth playing - the National is a long demanding course, buggy’s required unless your up for a stiff walk The Lakes course is very picturesque, considerably shorter but still worth playing - plenty of water and elevation changes All in all we where very impressed with the courses, facilities, food, service and one of the best resort pro shops we’ve encountered Will definitely be returning !!

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8.0
Very Good

Four of us having been going to the Vale for the last 6 years. So the hotel side was a little disappointing this year. Our booking included a £10 drinks voucher for each of us. The hotel said they knew nothing of this so had to fight to get it. The two rooms where in the main part of the hotel and where not as good as the ones normally given to golfers. The dinner menu is now very limited and had to pay extra £5 extra for a steak and another £2.95 if you wanted a sauce.

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Excellent

Had an overnight stay arranged with John Paul. No issues what so ever. Tee times were perfect and all of the details were immediately available to front desk staff at hotel, dinner bookings and room book in were very efficient. Thank you JP and your golf travel!

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Excellent

Superb room, great cooked breakfast, welcoming staff and more than enough bars!

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Very Good

As a resort - it was okay. Perhaps a tad bit on the stale side, there were more couples on romantic weekends than chaps on a golf weekends. Bars are a bit "functional" for my liking. As a comparison, I thought St Pierre resort in Chepstow is a better all-round venue for golfers. Rooms were pretty decent. The quality of the food was outstanding - far and away the best food we've had on a golf weekend. And probably the best pint of Guinness I've tasted in a long time as well. Overall score - reasonable. Good value for money. I'd probably return at a warmer time of year. As an added bonus, it was nice bumping into a few lads from the Welsh Rugby squad who were training at the resort.

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Excellent

Great golfers break, and the deal was exceptional for the price.

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Excellent

Lovely Hotel, good food, great facilities, very clean and tidy. Everything worked as it should. We got lucky and had a room overlooking 9th, 18th greens and 10th hole. We paid extra for the steak and it was worth the £5.00 supplement.

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good quality & value for money

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Flawless in every detail...

We have just returned from our first hosting of a company event at The Vale Resort, organised by Your Golf Travel. On behalf of Corr Recruitment we would like to extend our sincere thanks to YGT for a superb weekend which was flawless in every detail...apart from our golf of course! From the pre-event organising, arrival welcome and all the way through to the final 19th hole cold beverage on the last day, the weekend went very smoothly and the service at The Vale was superb throughout.

A particular mention to the clubhouse Bar Manager Ann, who looked after us all weekend and was impeccable with her customer service.

There was a distinct lack of active wildlife during the weekend, very few birdies or eagles were seen, however the makers of any branded ball did exceptionally well and have probably seen profits rise in the last 4 days!

In fact the only endangered animal would have been the poor ducks relaxing on the water that seemed to encroach on many of the holes and unsociably destroy a potential sub 70 round!

Thank you again for everything you’ve done to make our weekend as enjoyable as it was and we look forward to booking our next event with you soon.

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Excellent
I would highly recommend this venue...

I want to thank you for recommending this venue as an alternative to Celtic Manor as we couldn’t get in there. 

It was absolutely great and far exceeded our expectations in every area. We were even upgraded in the hotel to a wonderful room with a view over the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th greens! Fresh fruit in the room was lovely and there was plenty of tea and coffee available too. The rooms were very clean on the whole and the bed was very comfortable.

The restaurant was really good – we were given an allocation of £29 each to choose from the menu for our evening meal – and this was sufficient to have a starter, main and dessert. We both had sirloin steak and chips and it was probably the best steak either of us has had. The breakfast the next day was also excellent with plenty of choice and all very hot.

The staff at the hotel from the reception to the restaurants were so very polite and helpful that we could not fault them at all.

Now to the golf...again this was of the highest standard. 

There were a couple of temporary greens on the Lakes Course but it was all main greens on the Wales National. The Lakes is a long and sometimes quite narrow course which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Wales National is simply huge and was certainly a challenge compared to the Lakes!

Some of the par 4s are massive and the chances of us getting a couple of Stableford points were slim! That being said...we still loved it! The back 9 has a particularly pretty section with water, and the red dogwood at this time of year (February) was stunning.

In addition, we spoke to several of the members all of whom were really friendly which is sometimes not the case when you visit such a resort. The Clubhouse was very good, the menu was not overly expensive and the quality of the food we were served was good.

I would highly recommend this venue. It is also the training base for the Welsh rugby team so seeing the players was an added bonus!

My rating would be 10/10.

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Very Good
Everything was first class except the weather...

We had an enjoyable golf trip to The Vale where everything was first class except the weather with rain on day 1 and a washout on day 3!

It was disappointing that the weather put a dampener on the visit but that cannot be controlled. We still enjoyed the two rounds though.

Otherwise everything was as expected - ease of booking, check-in, accommodation, food, pro shop, golf courses and service all of high standard.

Apart from the weather, the only negative was that on the first day buggies were not available for our 13:15 start as these had not been returned by the morning players. They were brought out to us as we reached the 2nd green though.

We had a bonus in that the British & Irish Lions squad and coaches booked into the hotel on our second night!

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Very Good
We'll be going again...

Well what can I say? What an excellent venue with two great golf courses, both superbly kept and presented. The clubhouse was excellent too; very welcoming and the service was excellent. The beer was great and well priced...food was great also.

The hotel was great, with superb food and a nice atmosphere.

If I had to have one gripe it would be the buggy situation. On arrival on Sunday we were offered buggies after being told during the booking process that they were not available on the Sunday. And yet there were none booked out when we got there! On the Monday, whilst we had 7 booked, they would only let us have 5 as there were nine of us and they expected us to play in 3 balls.

That was the only damper on what was described as 'superb weekend - great choice' by members of my party.

Many thanks to your golf travel - we'll be going again!

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Excellent
Two great courses...

Thank you for organising our golf trip to The Vale Resort. It all went very smoothly and here is my review of the venue itself.

Having just returned from two days of golf at the Vale Resort, I can report there are two great courses, both in good condition, and with very welcoming staff throughout.

The hotel rooms, food and leisure facilities are all fantastic too.

This golf break was great value for money and we will return.

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Our trip to The Vale was excellent...

Apart from the shocking weather, our trip to The Vale was excellent. The staff at the hotel and the golf complex were very amenable and made our stay very enjoyable. The meals at the hotel were far better than we expected too and we would certainly recommend this resort to friends, but perhaps in the summer.

Many thanks for your help in organizing a very enjoyable golf break and I am sure we will contact YGT for any golf weekends in the future.

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Excellent
A near perfect trip...

We travelled to the Vale Resort over the Easter break (a group of four with handicaps between 21 and 28) and what a great venue it turned out to be. The resort has two golf courses; The Lakes and Wales National. Both were challenging, even off the yellow tees we played off. Beautifully presented with fast greens, blind brows and doglegs, as well as stunning scenery, both courses were a joy to play. The length, water and sand made things tough for our handicap range but it was very rewarding when you played well! The only negative worth mentioning was that the half way huts were mediocre for golf courses of this standard. Not a big issue. 

One key tip – do buy the course guides (£5 each) to give you a clue as to how to play the hole whilst on the tees for the first time.

The clubhouse was great, with friendly staff and beers costing approx £4 a pint. A decent bar menu was available too.

We also used the driving range and practise putting greens which met expectations.

The hotel, its rooms and the members of staff were as you would expect for a four star establishment. The a la carte grill was a great place to eat in the evening and the breakfast buffet really hit the spot with all types of breakfast available.

This was the first time I've booked a golf holiday for a group. YGT made the process easy even when we changed dates and added a person very late. Even before we settled on the Vale Resort, YGT came up with a series of very suitable options for our dates, budget and preferences. I was surprised how much effort they put in to getting it right for us.

In the end it was a near perfect trip so 9/10 is fair. We would certainly consider The Vale again and I've already recommended YGT to friends.

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Most of the scores I would give are 9/10...

Most of the scores I would give are 9/10. Bar prices etc are what you would expect from a hotel of this standard. 

The National course is long and would suit the more competent golfer in my opinion. 

The only issue we had with the whole trip is that we had two double rooms and two twins instead of the four twins.

Apart from that it was very good indeed.

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Excellent
Already planning a return trip...

We returned from our golf trip to The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort just over a week ago and the fact that we are already planning a return trip in September (hopefully with larger numbers) should tell you how much our group enjoyed it.

We have a mixed range of abilities amongst our group (between 6 and 25 h’caps) and there is no doubt that for mid to high handicappers both courses are very difficult, with plenty of water, plenty of trees and plenty of blind shots. However, they are also very enjoyable and the conditioning of both courses is fantastic.

The service at the hotel was exceptional and they literally couldn’t do enough for you. One of our group (that would be me!) managed to leave his phone charger in the room on departure. A couple of days later whilst still deciding whether it would be worth the hassle to contact the hotel to get it back, the postman knocked on the door with said phone charger. Great stuff!

The food was great and the room was fantastic. I’m sure they don’t all have great views but mine had a balcony overlooking the 18th green which was great. 

The price of a pint was expensive as were snacks if you wanted them, but having visited similar establishments, this was no more expensive than the norm.

As always Yourgolftravel provided a great service and after just getting back from our 4th trip organised by them, I can guarantee a 5th will be following shortly.

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Will definitely think about returning...

The golf courses at The Vale are in excellent condition, each offering a different test. The Lakes Course is shorter but accuracy is the key, whereas the National Course is much longer than your average course, but with some really interesting holes. Our 3 ball of 15-18 handicappers all shot sub 100 which really felt like an achievement!!

The Hotel is excellent too. Food in the Grill was of a high standard and the Health Club is a great facility. Members of staff are friendly and helpful.

Overall we’d give the trip a 9/10 - A great way to spend my birthday celebration and will definitely think about returning in the near future.

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Very Good
The Vale offers excellent value for money...

The golf courses at The Vale were both very good layouts. The conditioning on both was very good; the National greens had been hollow tined before our last round but the green staff had done a good job and they continued to run pretty well. The National is a tough course...not for beginners I would suggest! Overall, the courses at The Vale were, in my opinion, better than other complex's I have been to including Tracy Park, Carden Park and Celtic Manor (exc 20 10).

The staff at the Clubhouse were very good and very welcoming. 

The hotel rooms were excellent too; of a very good size, with large TV and an excellent shower...again better than other such resorts.

If there was a disappointment about the golf break, the meals were it. The lunchtime bar meals were fine but the meals on the whole were not as good as other places mentioned above.

Overall, The Vale offers excellent value for money.

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The whole trip was great value for money...

I will never forget our golf trip to the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort.

This was our second annual golf trip that we booked with YGT. You guys are so easy to use and would recommend you to anyone looking to book a golf break. I emailed them a few months ago asking where they thought would be good for 10 guys to play a weekend of golf but also have the nightlife for the evening. They recommend The Vale and it did not disappoint!

The resort was easy to find, just off the M4 near Cardiff.

We started our first round on the Friday and unfortunately the weather made it very challenging, with rain and wind howling in our faces! The course was immaculate though, and good for our range of handicaps. Luckily the weather improved over the next two days. 

The hotel’s facilities were great too. Spacious, modern rooms, which are just a walk away from the 2 golf courses. We used the gym and swimming pool, but unfortunately didn’t have time for the spa.

Breakfast and dinner were amazing, we all agreed with a buffet for breakfast and 3 course dinners. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the whole trip was great value for money.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Its a monster even off the yellows but a brilliant golfing experience, we are going back for round two. Get a course map really helps.

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Loved the course, get pass the first four holes things get a bit easier. Some really interesting holes well worth a knock.

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Some great holes and a few average but all in great condition

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Left a few shots out there but a most enjoyable experience. The 17th hole is a bit of a mystery unless you know where to go. Walking off the 18th is not as much of a grand finish as the lakes course but it's a real golf and as enjoyable as some of the so called elite courses.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

As gorgeous as it's sister course this one is beautiful as well. Although it is longer I didn't find it as hard as the Lake course. Again plenty of water comes in play. Holes are very well maintained and cleverly designed. The course is relatively young but judging by the trees on it you'd think it had been there forever. Those trees are huge, and very tactically placed. This is a must-see course for every golf enthusiast.

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

THe course is beautifully located and very well maintained. Greens are exceptional - not too quick but really challenging. It is a great mix of holes of various lengths and difficulty. Water comes into play on plenty of holes, however fewer than we expected. A place to come back to.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Great golf Tough and challenging with fantastic greens and layout.

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Greens just needed a good roll as very bobbly in places.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Again as a 2 ball not expecting to be quick. The marshal on this course approached us several times and we chatted, on one occasion he had spoked to a goup some holes ahead and asked them to pick up pace, this worked as from there on in we played almost continually. The condition of the greens although only marked as a 4 were what we would have expected for this time of the year, I would imagine that through the summer would rate a 5.

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

We were a 2 ball following many 4 balls and did not wxpect to play quickly, we were well prepared for this. The course marshal came by us several times to see if we were happy, a nice touch. The condition of the greens although only marked as a 4 were what we would have expected for this time of the year, I would imagine that through the summer would rate a 5.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Very enjoyable, preferred this one to the ‘Lakes’. Keep your shots true and you’ll be fine, any slight deviation and you’re in trouble. As with the other course, halfway house facilities need looking at.

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

A very nice if not demanding course, trees everywhere, concentration needed at all times. Surprised this isn’t called ‘Trees’ rather than ‘Lakes’. Can’t wait to have another go Only gripe is the halfway house needs looking at, vending machines were either not working or empty. A disappointing let down.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Had buggies it's a must great g.p.s on board makes going round a lot easier best of the two courses and very picturesque

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

To many unfilled divets on fairways greens didn't roll flat ball kept jumping plus needed better course guidance either on scoring cards or free course guild to many blind shots

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Take plenty of golf balls - plays long, lots of water and out of bounds General condition was excellent, greens are very tough with lots of level changes, easy to leave 30-40ft putts When we played they where a bit to long and needed a cut But we where a mixed group of handicaps and everyone enjoyed the course

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Same above

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

We know course is hard long and hilly so had buggies this year which we thought at £30 each was expensive

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Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Mid range H/cap would be perfect here. Easy to navigate with good directions to each hole. Little busier than The national and, via a member, The Lakes is very busy on a Monday and Wednesday.

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Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Long slog, but also challenging and rewarding when club and swing were perfect! Highly rate this course.

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Excellent
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

A truly magnificent course, beautifully crafted fairways and winter greens that would be the envy of many a course in the height of summer. An exceptional experience and a credit to all concerned.

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Excellent
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Overall the course was in great condition for the time of year.

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8.0
Very Good
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

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8.0
Very Good
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

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8.0
Very Good
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

The National course is a solid test of golf and a very enjoyable round. Despite the time of year, it had been kept superbly - far far better than the poor standard of the Lake Course. Lot of doglegs on this course, perhaps too many. We caught this on a quiet day in November and the round took 4.5 hours. Allow a solid 5 in peak season. Perhaps best suited to handicappers 18 and under.

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6.0
Good
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Whilst I understand the need to add sand the greens to mitigate against the frost, the amount of sand on this occasion had rendered the greens unplayable. It was like putting on astroturf. Sadly I have to say this spoilt the whole round. I'd recommend playing this course in warmer months only. The course was okay, but I think the second course at St Pierre in Chepstow was a better quality course.

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10
Excellent
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Completely different to the Lakes course. Much more of a relaxed feeling to the whole golfing experience. Course in extremely good condition, green keepers were busy buzzing around - unlike the Lakes.

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6.0
Good
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

This course is more challenging due to tighter fairways, and you are conscientious that other players are playing the course due to the tightness of the course. Greens were very slow, lots of leaves everywhere, due to previous days winds and rain.

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10
Excellent
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

What a challenge. Some blind greens making it difficult for second shots. Maybe a description on yardage book would help. Fairways like carpets and greens true and medium pace. Lovely looking course. Just a brilliant experience.

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10
Excellent
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

The easier of the 2 courses. We found the hill section a little unfair as we were both hitting good fairway shots that rolled off and ended behind trees.

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10
Excellent
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Very nice challenging course, plenty of water and shots to think about. Greens had a lot of feed on them and were very bumpy but all in all very good course.

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6.0
Good
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Lots and lots of trees, not as good as I had hoped.

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10
Excellent
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

Brilliant course, shame about the greens and NO HALFWAY HOUSE, just a vending machine which didn't work!

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4.0
Average
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

the layout of the course itself, not bad, wouldn't rush back to play it. the issues were the care of the course, very rough and leave everywhere which they don't seem to clear and the greens were awful. HALFWAY HOUSE! JOKE a vending machine which didn't work but still took the money. The reception didn't seem to care !!!

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10
Excellent
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

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6.0
Good
Lake Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

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8.0
Very Good
Wales National Course (The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort)

we had a bit of rain & 40-50 mph winds so conditions were tough. not worth getting a buggy if you have to stick to the paths hense the slow round. we were hoping for a half way hut for something to warm us up but unfortunately all they have is a vending machine that was out of order. would love to have another crack at this course on a sunny day. also the 18th is a bit of a let down hole compared with all the others, but nice in a way to finish on an easy par 4 after so many tough holes.

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10
Excellent
Flawless in every detail...

We have just returned from our first hosting of a company event at The Vale Resort, organised by Your Golf Travel. On behalf of Corr Recruitment we would like to extend our sincere thanks to YGT for a superb weekend which was flawless in every detail...apart from our golf of course! From the pre-event organising, arrival welcome and all the way through to the final 19th hole cold beverage on the last day, the weekend went very smoothly and the service at The Vale was superb throughout.

A particular mention to the clubhouse Bar Manager Ann, who looked after us all weekend and was impeccable with her customer service.

There was a distinct lack of active wildlife during the weekend, very few birdies or eagles were seen, however the makers of any branded ball did exceptionally well and have probably seen profits rise in the last 4 days!

In fact the only endangered animal would have been the poor ducks relaxing on the water that seemed to encroach on many of the holes and unsociably destroy a potential sub 70 round!

Thank you again for everything you’ve done to make our weekend as enjoyable as it was and we look forward to booking our next event with you soon.

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Andy – Reviewed
10
Excellent
I would highly recommend this venue...

I want to thank you for recommending this venue as an alternative to Celtic Manor as we couldn’t get in there. 

It was absolutely great and far exceeded our expectations in every area. We were even upgraded in the hotel to a wonderful room with a view over the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th greens! Fresh fruit in the room was lovely and there was plenty of tea and coffee available too. The rooms were very clean on the whole and the bed was very comfortable.

The restaurant was really good – we were given an allocation of £29 each to choose from the menu for our evening meal – and this was sufficient to have a starter, main and dessert. We both had sirloin steak and chips and it was probably the best steak either of us has had. The breakfast the next day was also excellent with plenty of choice and all very hot.

The staff at the hotel from the reception to the restaurants were so very polite and helpful that we could not fault them at all.

Now to the golf...again this was of the highest standard. 

There were a couple of temporary greens on the Lakes Course but it was all main greens on the Wales National. The Lakes is a long and sometimes quite narrow course which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Wales National is simply huge and was certainly a challenge compared to the Lakes!

Some of the par 4s are massive and the chances of us getting a couple of Stableford points were slim! That being said...we still loved it! The back 9 has a particularly pretty section with water, and the red dogwood at this time of year (February) was stunning.

In addition, we spoke to several of the members all of whom were really friendly which is sometimes not the case when you visit such a resort. The Clubhouse was very good, the menu was not overly expensive and the quality of the food we were served was good.

I would highly recommend this venue. It is also the training base for the Welsh rugby team so seeing the players was an added bonus!

My rating would be 10/10.

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Gillian – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
Everything was first class except the weather...

We had an enjoyable golf trip to The Vale where everything was first class except the weather with rain on day 1 and a washout on day 3!

It was disappointing that the weather put a dampener on the visit but that cannot be controlled. We still enjoyed the two rounds though.

Otherwise everything was as expected - ease of booking, check-in, accommodation, food, pro shop, golf courses and service all of high standard.

Apart from the weather, the only negative was that on the first day buggies were not available for our 13:15 start as these had not been returned by the morning players. They were brought out to us as we reached the 2nd green though.

We had a bonus in that the British & Irish Lions squad and coaches booked into the hotel on our second night!

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Brian – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
We'll be going again...

Well what can I say? What an excellent venue with two great golf courses, both superbly kept and presented. The clubhouse was excellent too; very welcoming and the service was excellent. The beer was great and well priced...food was great also.

The hotel was great, with superb food and a nice atmosphere.

If I had to have one gripe it would be the buggy situation. On arrival on Sunday we were offered buggies after being told during the booking process that they were not available on the Sunday. And yet there were none booked out when we got there! On the Monday, whilst we had 7 booked, they would only let us have 5 as there were nine of us and they expected us to play in 3 balls.

That was the only damper on what was described as 'superb weekend - great choice' by members of my party.

Many thanks to your golf travel - we'll be going again!

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Paul – Reviewed
10
Excellent
Two great courses...

Thank you for organising our golf trip to The Vale Resort. It all went very smoothly and here is my review of the venue itself.

Having just returned from two days of golf at the Vale Resort, I can report there are two great courses, both in good condition, and with very welcoming staff throughout.

The hotel rooms, food and leisure facilities are all fantastic too.

This golf break was great value for money and we will return.

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Charles – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
Our trip to The Vale was excellent...

Apart from the shocking weather, our trip to The Vale was excellent. The staff at the hotel and the golf complex were very amenable and made our stay very enjoyable. The meals at the hotel were far better than we expected too and we would certainly recommend this resort to friends, but perhaps in the summer.

Many thanks for your help in organizing a very enjoyable golf break and I am sure we will contact YGT for any golf weekends in the future.

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Barry – Reviewed
10
Excellent
A near perfect trip...

We travelled to the Vale Resort over the Easter break (a group of four with handicaps between 21 and 28) and what a great venue it turned out to be. The resort has two golf courses; The Lakes and Wales National. Both were challenging, even off the yellow tees we played off. Beautifully presented with fast greens, blind brows and doglegs, as well as stunning scenery, both courses were a joy to play. The length, water and sand made things tough for our handicap range but it was very rewarding when you played well! The only negative worth mentioning was that the half way huts were mediocre for golf courses of this standard. Not a big issue. 

One key tip – do buy the course guides (£5 each) to give you a clue as to how to play the hole whilst on the tees for the first time.

The clubhouse was great, with friendly staff and beers costing approx £4 a pint. A decent bar menu was available too.

We also used the driving range and practise putting greens which met expectations.

The hotel, its rooms and the members of staff were as you would expect for a four star establishment. The a la carte grill was a great place to eat in the evening and the breakfast buffet really hit the spot with all types of breakfast available.

This was the first time I've booked a golf holiday for a group. YGT made the process easy even when we changed dates and added a person very late. Even before we settled on the Vale Resort, YGT came up with a series of very suitable options for our dates, budget and preferences. I was surprised how much effort they put in to getting it right for us.

In the end it was a near perfect trip so 9/10 is fair. We would certainly consider The Vale again and I've already recommended YGT to friends.

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Adam – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
Most of the scores I would give are 9/10...

Most of the scores I would give are 9/10. Bar prices etc are what you would expect from a hotel of this standard. 

The National course is long and would suit the more competent golfer in my opinion. 

The only issue we had with the whole trip is that we had two double rooms and two twins instead of the four twins.

Apart from that it was very good indeed.

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Mac – Reviewed
10
Excellent
Already planning a return trip...

We returned from our golf trip to The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort just over a week ago and the fact that we are already planning a return trip in September (hopefully with larger numbers) should tell you how much our group enjoyed it.

We have a mixed range of abilities amongst our group (between 6 and 25 h’caps) and there is no doubt that for mid to high handicappers both courses are very difficult, with plenty of water, plenty of trees and plenty of blind shots. However, they are also very enjoyable and the conditioning of both courses is fantastic.

The service at the hotel was exceptional and they literally couldn’t do enough for you. One of our group (that would be me!) managed to leave his phone charger in the room on departure. A couple of days later whilst still deciding whether it would be worth the hassle to contact the hotel to get it back, the postman knocked on the door with said phone charger. Great stuff!

The food was great and the room was fantastic. I’m sure they don’t all have great views but mine had a balcony overlooking the 18th green which was great. 

The price of a pint was expensive as were snacks if you wanted them, but having visited similar establishments, this was no more expensive than the norm.

As always Yourgolftravel provided a great service and after just getting back from our 4th trip organised by them, I can guarantee a 5th will be following shortly.

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Steve – Reviewed
10
Excellent
Will definitely think about returning...

The golf courses at The Vale are in excellent condition, each offering a different test. The Lakes Course is shorter but accuracy is the key, whereas the National Course is much longer than your average course, but with some really interesting holes. Our 3 ball of 15-18 handicappers all shot sub 100 which really felt like an achievement!!

The Hotel is excellent too. Food in the Grill was of a high standard and the Health Club is a great facility. Members of staff are friendly and helpful.

Overall we’d give the trip a 9/10 - A great way to spend my birthday celebration and will definitely think about returning in the near future.

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Barry – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
The Vale offers excellent value for money...

The golf courses at The Vale were both very good layouts. The conditioning on both was very good; the National greens had been hollow tined before our last round but the green staff had done a good job and they continued to run pretty well. The National is a tough course...not for beginners I would suggest! Overall, the courses at The Vale were, in my opinion, better than other complex's I have been to including Tracy Park, Carden Park and Celtic Manor (exc 20 10).

The staff at the Clubhouse were very good and very welcoming. 

The hotel rooms were excellent too; of a very good size, with large TV and an excellent shower...again better than other such resorts.

If there was a disappointment about the golf break, the meals were it. The lunchtime bar meals were fine but the meals on the whole were not as good as other places mentioned above.

Overall, The Vale offers excellent value for money.

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Dennis – Reviewed
10
Excellent
The whole trip was great value for money...

I will never forget our golf trip to the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort.

This was our second annual golf trip that we booked with YGT. You guys are so easy to use and would recommend you to anyone looking to book a golf break. I emailed them a few months ago asking where they thought would be good for 10 guys to play a weekend of golf but also have the nightlife for the evening. They recommend The Vale and it did not disappoint!

The resort was easy to find, just off the M4 near Cardiff.

We started our first round on the Friday and unfortunately the weather made it very challenging, with rain and wind howling in our faces! The course was immaculate though, and good for our range of handicaps. Luckily the weather improved over the next two days. 

The hotel’s facilities were great too. Spacious, modern rooms, which are just a walk away from the 2 golf courses. We used the gym and swimming pool, but unfortunately didn’t have time for the spa.

Breakfast and dinner were amazing, we all agreed with a buffet for breakfast and 3 course dinners. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the whole trip was great value for money.

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Freddie – Reviewed

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The Vale Resort Frequently Asked Questions

Q - What time is check-in and check-out times?

A - Check-in from 3pm | Check-out from 11am

Q - What time is breakfast?

A - 7-10am on weekedays, 7:30-10:30am on weekends

Q - What is the dress code for dinner?

A - Smart Casual

Q - What restaurant do I need to book for dinner>

A - The Vale Grill

Q - Is there a range on site?

A - Yes

Q - Are there buggies available to hire?

A - Yes

Q - How much is the fee for the caddies?

A - No caddies available

Q - Are there any weekend golfing restrictions?

A - Lake Course only available 12-2pm on weekends

Q - How many bars are there?

A - There are 3 bars on site

Q - Is there BT or Sky Sports in the communal area?

A - Sky Sports

Q - Is there a charge for car parking on site?

A - There is complimentary parking