Matthews is confident of outdoing the Valhalla Ryder Cup experience
Celtic Manor owner Sir Terry Matthews has promised to "outdo" the 2008 Ryder Cup when Wales hosts it in 2010.
Matthews was at Louisville's Valhalla course to watch Europe's five-point defeat at the hands of the USA.
"We will outdo it," said the billionaire businessman, whose course is on the outskirts of Newport.
"We have a major advantage because the course, the clubhouse and the environment and the logistics are very much in our favour."
Matthews estimates he has spent around £22m in adapting the Wentwood Hills course, building nine completely new holes in the Usk Valley as well as a brand new clubhouse.
There could even be a Welsh captain, with successful 2006 skipper Ian Woosnam being one of the men tipped for the role in 2010.
This year's losing captain, Nick Faldo, may not have endeared himself to the Celtic Manor organisers when asked about the prospects for the Welsh Ryder Cup.
"Bring your waterproofs," said Faldo.
His advice may be prescient given that the event will be staged on 1-3 October and that bad weather disrupted this year's Wales Open which was staged in May.
But Matthews is confident that his course is set up to cope with inclement weather.
"What if it rains?" said Matthews. "We have the best drainage on the planet. This year at the Wales Open there was a monster downpour but as soon as the rain's gone it's clear.
"The drainage is really good. It's a challenge but Robert Trent Jones built a lot of golf courses for me and he used to say the three most important things about a golf course are drainage, drainage and drainage.
"We know the valley because we own it. Fog won't be a big issue, if there is fog it goes away very quickly.
"Wales will put on a good show, the government is getting behind it and I've certainly done my bit building the special facilities and so on."
Matthews believes that the real strength of his venue is in its logistical infrastructure.
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