GOLF AND GUNS GO together. Yep. At least they will at the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales. The Celtic Manor Resort, Ryder Cup host venue, will display a specially commissioned shotgun “to celebrate the sporting links between shooting and golf.”
“The gun,” said Simon Gibson, chief executive of the holding company that owns Celtic Manor, “is a celebration of Wales hosting the Ryder Cup for the first time and the Welsh and British craftsmen involved in its design and construction have created a truly magnificent shotgun worthy of the occasion.”
Holloway & Naughton® manufactured the bespoke 12-bore game gun that features intricate engravings from Phil Coggan, a world-renowned Welsh engraver. Images include:
• A detailed portrait of Samuel Ryder, the seed merchant who created the Ryder Cup in 1927
• A Welsh dragon, the national symbol of Wales
• A bald eagle to represent the American visitors
• The Ryder Cup itself on the top lever
• A European flag on the trigger guard accentuated by gold stars
“It’s a work of art but also a fully functioning sporting gun hand built to the very highest specifications,” noted Andrew Harvison of Holloway & Naughton. The gun is the product of more than twelve hundred man-hours of workmanship.
The gun will be on display during the Ryder Cup from October 1-3 at Celtic Manor, the posh five-star resort in South Wales.
−The Armchair Golfer
(Image courtesy of Celtic Manor)