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Ryder Cup Venues you can play in the UK, Europe & the USA

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Top 15 Ryder Cup Courses You Can Play

The Ryder Cup is a tournament which evokes passion like no other, golfers from across Europe and America all want to be there. For us fans, every two years we get to experience magical moments and watch these elite players create memories which last a lifetime.

Well, rather than wait to be a spectator, why not get out on the fairways yourself? Here at Your Golf Travel we have so many incredible Ryder Cup host venues where you can stay and play both in Europe and the US; check out the ones below.

BEST RYDER CUP Golf Courses by YGT Rory [2018] Including Mark Crossfield Vlog Highlights

Le Golf National, L'Albatros Course

The scene of Europe's stunning victory in The 2018 Ryder Cup, Le Golf National is regarded as one of the toughest golf courses to have ever hosted golf's greatest team event. With water in play on numerous holes, L'Albatros Course is one that requires excellent course management and accuracy off the tee for any chance of playing to your handicap.

Top-rated by professionals and amateurs alike, Le Golf National is an excellent choice for a golf break in France.

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Le Golf National, L'Albatros Course facts
Location Guyancourt, Paris
Length 7,183 yards
Par 72
Designed by Hubert Chesneau
Established 1991
Hosted Ryder Cup 2018
Where to stay Paris

"L'Albatros is a real challenge, especially off the tee. Make sure you keep the ball as close to the fairway as you can do, the fairway is tough and there's plenty of lakes ready for off-line drives."
Max (Marketing: Handicap 10)

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Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

Having been catapulted onto the golfing scene following the 1991 Ryder Cup dubbed the ‘War on the Shore’, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island has gone onto host all four of the PGA of America’s major tournaments and is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated courses in America.

The stunning ocean views that golfers are treated to throughout their round are the perfect accompaniment to the incredible Pete Dye designed golf course which is setup in a way that will test every facet of even the best golfer’s game. The wipsy rough gives the course the feel of some of the great UK links courses but with a twist. Any golfing fanatic will have this course on their bucket list and with Your Golf Travel ticking it off has never been easier.

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Ocean Course at Kiawah Island facts
Location Kiawah Island, Charleston
Length 7,356 yards
Par 72
Designed by Pete Dye
Established 1991
Hosted Ryder Cup 1991
Where to stay Kiawah Island Resort

"With Gators, Ospreys & other amazing wildlife all over the place, as well as plenty of Ryder Cup & PGA Championship history on display in the clubhouse; relaxing after your round is almost as enjoyable as playing the course itself!"
Rory (Marketing: Handicap 8)

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The Belfry, Brabazon Course

There's a reason golf's biggest tournament has returned to The Belfry three times after impressing for the first time in 1985. The incredible Brabazon course is littered with iconic holes which make 18 holes here exciting, challenging and somewhat daunting.

So many magical memories have been created here and some of the most famous Ryder Cup moments reside on the turf at The Belfry, none less than Christy O’Connor's 2 iron onto the 18th back in 1989 or Nick Faldo's ace on the par-3 14th.

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The Brabazon Course facts
Location Warwickshire, England
Length 7,160 yards
Par 72
Designed by Peter Alliss & Dave Thomas
Established 1977
Hosted Ryder Cup 1985, 1989, 1993 & 2002
Where to stay The Belfry Hotel

"The Belfry is one of England's most comprehensive golf resorts, with a cracking hotel, the Bel Air Nightclub, PGA National Academy, mini-golf, spa facilities and championship golf all on-site, but there's little doubting that The Brabazon Course is the main attraction here."
Rory (Marketing: Handicap 8)

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Pinehurst, No.2 Course

In 1951 and before Great Britain teamed up with the rest of Europe to take on the dominant Team USA, the Ryder Cup was held at the famous Pinehurst Resort. Such as the times, Sam Snead led the US to a overwhelming victory with GB only picking up 2 and a half points.

The No 2 course at Pinehurst has since hosted three US Opens and is considered as the toughest to have ever done so. The course tests even the most elite golfers and will have you relishing the prospect of taking on the layout where so many pros have played.

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Pinehurst, No.2 Course facts
Location North Carolina, America
Length 7,588 yards
Par 70
Designed by Donald Ross
Established 1907
Hosted Ryder Cup 1951
Where to stay Pinehurst Resort

"Pinehurst is known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most difficult and widely celebrated in the world, it is clear that Pinehurst No. 2’s main design features were born out of Scottish influence, with Ross having cut his teeth at Royal Dornoch before he left for America."
Gareth (Long Haul: Handicap 8)

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Celtic Manor, Twenty Ten Course

Having been built for the 2010 showdown between Europe and America, the former were led by Colin Montgomerie, who already felt at home at Celtic Manor. The aptly named Twenty Ten course didn’t disappoint and it was on the 18th green where Graeme McDowell secured a home victory.

For those looking to test themselves on the same course as greats of the game, remember that after going two down with two pars, Tiger Woods then birdied 10 of his next 12 holes to take the win on the 15th.

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The Twenty Ten Course facts
Location Newport, Wales
Length 7,493 yards
Par 72
Designed by Ross McMurray, Bob Jones & Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Established 2007
Hosted Ryder Cup 2010
Where to stay Resort Hotel / Coldra Court / Manor House

"The Twenty Ten Course is a different beast to the other courses at Celtic Manor. Water is the obvious hazard and will catch you out on more than half of the holes."
Tommy (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 14)

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Champion Course at PGA National

Originally designed by Tom Fazio, the course has been more recently reworked by golf’s most celebrated player - Jack Nicklaus. Featuring some of the most daunting closing holes on the PGA Tour, the so called ‘Bear Trap’ has ruined the round of the many of the game’s greats.

PGA National like it’s refurbisher, is one of the most acclaimed courses in the States having hosted both the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship - to this day it also hosts the annual Honda Classic which in recent years has been won by Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott.

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Champion Course at PGA National facts
Location Miami, Florida
Length 7,045 yards
Par 72
Designed by Tom Fazio, George Fazio, Jack Nicklaus
Established 1981
Hosted Ryder Cup 1983
Where to stay Miami

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Gleneagles, PGA Centenary Course

At the second ever Ryder Cup hosted in Scotland, Paul McGinley led Europe to yet another victory at Gleneagles. It was contested on the incredible PGA Centenary course which is widely considered as one of Jack Nicklaus’ best designs.

The hallowed turf where the Golden Bear worked his magic features a magical inland course which set up for yet another dramatic final day for the Ryder Cup which saw rookie Jamie Donaldson clinch the victory.

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Gleneagles, PGA Centenary Course facts
Location Perthshire, Scotland
Length 7,296 yards
Par 72
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Established 1993
Hosted Ryder Cup 2014
Where to stay Gleneagles Resort

"The gem of the PGA Centenary is the 5th, you have to make your way down a narrow fairway with a dangerous approach to the green, any mis-hit shots will be swallowed up by the lake short of the hole. A nerve-racking hole with the potential to be a real scorecard wrecker!"
Rick (Marketing: Handicap 12)

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Whistling Straits

The simply mesmerising landscape on which the Straits course at Whistling Straits was crafted will make for a truly memorable Ryder Cup in 2021.

Having hosted the PGA Championship on three occasions, most recently in 2015 where Jason Day won his maiden major, the venue is more than capable of creating iconic Ryder Cup memories with huge crowd potential and some of the most dramatic holes in golf.

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Whistling Straits facts
Location Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Length 7,790 yards
Par 72
Designed by Pete Dye
Established 1998
Hosted Ryder Cup 2021
Where to stay American Club or Inn at Woodlake

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The K Club (Palmer North Course)

Became Ireland's first Ryder Cup venue when it hosted the event in 2006 and has improved with age. The stadium-style resort course measures over 7,300 yards from the tips, many commentators have described it as the most difficult inland layout in the country as well as one of the best around Dublin.

Arnold Palmer succeeded in working with the existing mature trees and water features to create a magnificent test for golfers of all standards.

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The K Club Palmer North Course facts
Location Straffan, Co. Kildare
Length 7,350 yards
Par 72
Designed by Arnold Palmer
Established 1991
Hosted Irish Open 2016
Hosted Ryder Cup 2006
Where to stay Dublin Area

" Each hole is very individual so can’t see much of the rest of the course as you play it. It exceeded high expectations and thought the design and playability was great, look forward to returning next time I’m in Dublin."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Bethpage Black Course

Having hosted the 2002 and 2009 US Open - the Bethpage Black Course is no stranger to big tournaments. In 2025, major competition returns to this glorious New York golf course as the best players from Europe and America will compete for the coveted Ryder Cup.

The narrow fairways and punishing rough will test every facet of the professionals game with those willing to be more reserved off the tee reaping the rewards and gaining the much sought after point from their match.

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Bethpage Black facts
Location Farmingdale, New York
Length 7,468 yards
Par 71
Designed by A. W. Tillinghast
Established 1936
Host Ryder Cup 2025
Where to stay New York

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Valderrama Golf Club

The are very few courses in Europe with a golfing portfolio like that of Valderama. The course itself was designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. who is arguably one of the best golf course architects there has ever been and as a result of his genius it has been a host of both the prestigious Spanish Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Set in land from the coast, the course winds its way through trees and lakes to test both a golfer’s physical capabilities but also their tactical nouse.

Despite being one of the more difficult courses in the Costa Del Sol, there are a variety of different tees which make the course accessible for golfers of all skill levels.

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Valderrama Golf Club facts
Location Sotogrande, Spain
Length 6,951 yards
Par 71
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established 1974
Hosted Ryder Cup 1997
Where to stay NH Sotoagrande Hotel

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Marco Simone Golf Club

Another one for the future; Marco Simone will host the first Ryder Cup in Italy when it comes around in 2023. The beautiful venue is immaculately maintained and is set between simply stunning lakes in central Italy.

Add to this completely renovated facilities, there is no doubt that come 2023 it will be ready to show the world just how good golf in Italy is. Until then, why not head there on a golf holiday?

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Marco Simone Golf Club facts
Location Rome, Italy
Length 7,299 yards
Par 72
Designed by Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane
Established 1989
Host Ryder Cup 2023
Where to stay Rome

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Royal Birkdale Golf Club

The pedigree of Royal Birkdale Golf Club is beyond doubt, having hosted The Open 9 times, the Ryder Cup twice and a multitude of other championships including the Walker Cup and Women's British Open.

Ranked 15th in Golf Digest's 'World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2018' the magnificence of Royal Birkdale cannot be overstated, arguably the crown jewel of English golf, this course should be on every golfer's bucket list.

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Royal Birkdale facts
Location Merseyside, England
Length 7,156 yards
Par 70
Designed by Frederick G. Hawtree / J.H. Taylor
Established 1889
Hosted Ryder Cup 1965, 1969
Hosted The Open 10 times
Where to stay Southport

"Playing into the 17th you appreciate how amazing Harrington's shot was to claim his 2nd Open. From start-to-finish, this is a great day of golf."
Sam (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 1)

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Walton Heath (Old Course)

Walton Heath's Old Course has held a number of events over the years and is a regular stop for amateur golf as host venue for the South of England Open Amateur Championship which attracts a stellar field of amateurs.

The classic heathland layout, with a distinct links influence, gives the course a rugged appearance and through the heather are cut 18 remarkable holes which combine to formulate one of England's most challenging tests.

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Walton Heath (Old Course) facts
Location Surrey, England
Length 7,331 yards
Par 72
Designed by Herbert Fowler
Established 1891
Hosted Ryder Cup 1981
Where to stay Surrey

"Whether playing it in the lows of winter of the heights of summer you were blessed with fast-running fairways and one of the great tests in heathland golf."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Southport & Ainsdale

There are so many factors which make Southport and Ainsdale such a prestigious venue; from its two times hosting the Ryder Cup to the renowned James Braid design.

The seaside layout is a classic links course and requires some serious accuracy throughout.

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Southport & Ainsdale facts
Location Merseyside, England
Length 6,803 yards
Par 72
Designed by James Braid
Established 1906
Hosted Ryder Cup 1933, 1937
Where to stay Southport

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