Although it is hard to imagine having to wait another two full years to witness some more Ryder Cup magic, you can get a little taste of it on your next golf break by playing one of the following courses, each of which has, at some point through the years, hosted golf’s greatest event.
The Belfry has long been one of the most popular golfing destinations in the UK thanks in large part to the mighty Brabazon Course which has hosted the Ryder Cup no less than four times; more than any other course in the world.
Two years before the Miracle at Medinah, the Ryder Cup was held in South Wales at the magnificent Celtic Manor Resort. The Twenty Ten Course was the scene for the biennial bout between the USA and Europe and was the first course to be purpose built for the event. Choose Celtic Manor for your next golf break and you can soak up the Ryder Cup atmosphere thanks to reminders of golf’s greatest show in the clubhouse, changing rooms and around the course.
Ireland was the perfect setting for the 2006 Ryder Cup as all eyes were on European Wild Card Darren Clarke following the tragic loss of his wife shortly before the event began. The K Club Resort and the challenging Palmer Course hosted the match where big Darren won every match he played in, sparking emotional scenes reminiscent of those inspired by the late great Seve Ballesteros at Medinah.
Ok so Le Golf National in France is yet to host the Ryder Cup but it has been selected to do just that in 2018. Home to three outstanding golf courses that have seen it become one of the finest golf resorts in the country, Le Golf National has already proved its tournament pedigree by becoming the official home of the European Tour’s French Open and in four years time the amazing L’Albatros Course, ranked 9th best in Continental Europe, will welcome the big guns from the USA and Europe.
Having seen the Seve inspired heroics from the Europeans at Medinah, Valderrama should be right at the top of anyone’s list of destinations should they be considering a Spanish Golf Holiday. After all this was where Seve himself lead Europe to a dramatic win against a more talented American team in 1997. Valderrama is regarded as Europe’s finest golf course and will forever be associated with the Ryder Cup.
The West Course at Wentworth needs no introduction. Host of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, this stunning Harry Colt creation sits atop the famous Surrey Sandbelt which was seemingly heaven sent for golf. Although a round here isn’t cheap, playing one of England’s finest inland courses, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1953, is worth every penny.
Royal Lytham & St Anne’s is better known for its association with the Open Championship – it hosted golf’s oldest major this year – but it also welcomed the Ryder Cup to its rugged fairways in both 1961 and 1977. Not only is this course among the finest links courses in the world, it is also situated in the Southport area which is replete with world class links courses and as such is an amazing place to enjoy a golf tour.
Muirfield, the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, is entrenched among the elite of world golfing venues, and boasts one of the finest links courses to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Host of the 1973 Ryder Cup as well as countless other championships, including no less than 15 Opens, Muirfield is an absolute must play course for any lover of links golf. A true bucket list classic.
Royal Birkdale enjoys a perennial position at the top end of rankings of the world’s best golf courses and is another Southport classic that is part of the Open Championship rotation. This seaside monster has hosted the Ryder Cup on two occasions and is as good as links golf in England comes; this is the jewel in Southport’s considerable golfing crown and a must play for any golfing aficionado.
While the Ryder Cup dust settles at Medinah, all eyes are now looking to 2014 and Gleneagles, which will host the next instalment of golf’s greatest show. Gleneagles is one of the finest places to play golf away from Scotland’s outstanding collection on links courses. Home to one of the finest hotels in the world and three amazingly picturesque golf courses, Gleneagles is an amazing place to enjoy a golf break where you can get a sneak peek at the PGA Centenary Course and what the Americans will have to conquer if they wish to end Europe’s recent domination of the Ryder cup. Bring it on!
Since its inception in 1981, the PGA National Resort has been a Mecca for avid golfers, epitomizing the outstanding tradition of resort golf in Florida, and now boasts five championship courses. The Champion Course is the main golfing attraction and hosted the Ryder Cup in 1983. Reworked in 1990 by Jack Nicklaus, the treacherous closing holes are now known as ‘The Bear Trap’, and are among the most difficult in the state.
Pinehurst is without doubt one of the finest golf resorts in the United States. Set in the pine strewn landscape of North Carolina and home to 8 amazing golf courses this is one of the premier golf holiday destinations on the globe. The No. 2 Course recently celebrated its centenary, and Donald Ross’ design is not only among the world’s best, but has also hosted more championships than any other in the United States including the 1951 Ryder Cup.
Kiawah Island hosted perhaps the most notorious Ryder cup to date. Dubbed “The War on the Shore”, the 1991 match was a bad blooded affair with the home fans behaving questionably due to an over inflated sense of patriotism in the midst of the Gulf War. Home to the world renowned Ocean Course which recently saw Rory McIlroy secure his second major championship by a staggering 8 shots, Kiawah Island is among the finest golfing destinations in the world and an ideal base for an American Golf Holiday.