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.
With the 2018 Ryder Cup imminent, Le Golf National is set to become the first french venue to host the prestigious tournament. It's no stranger to the spotlight though, with annual visits from the European Tour for the Open de France. The course is perfect for a Ryder Cup with brilliant vantage points, plenty of risk reward golf and a closing few holes which will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. This is definitely ones the fans should play...just not between 28th - 30th September.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2018|
It is no surprise that the product of Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus is renowned for being one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the United States. The Ocean Course stretches over 7,300 yards and skirts the coast of the Atlantic Ocean offering up superb views throughout your round. Renowned worldwide for being the only course to host all four of the USGA's Major Tournaments, one of the most iconic moments in golfing history came when the Ocean Course played host to the 1991 Ryder Cup when Bernhard Langer missed "that putt".
|Location:||South Carolina, America|
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1991|
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.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1985, 1989, 1993 & 2002|
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.
|Location:||North Carolina, America|
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1951|
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.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2010|
The 1983 Ryder Cup at PGA National was one of the most nail biting affairs in the tournament's history with Tom Watson’s final point on Sunday being the only thing separating the two teams. However, the tournament will always be remembered by the Europeans and golf fanatics alike for Seve's famous 240 yard 3 wood from the bunker on the 18th. Since then, the Champion Course has undergone major refurbishment and is now a yearly feature on the PGA Tour when it plays host to The Honda Classic.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1983|
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.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2014|
The simply mesmerising landscape on which the Straits course at Whistling Straits was crafted will make for a truly memorable Ryder Cup in 2020. 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.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2020|
With Ian Woosnam leading the way, the 2006 Ryder Cup saw one of Europe's most dominant performances. A week which was somewhat overcast by emotion for Darren Clarke, he stepped up and was part of an incredible final day which saw Henrik Stenson sink the winning putt. The stadium style course is one of Ireland’s best and despite the wealth of quality links layouts on the Emerald Isle, this inland course is simply majestic.
|Location:||Co. Kildare, Ireland|
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2006|
Having hosted the 2002 and 2009 US Open - the Bethpage Black Course is no stranger to big tournaments. In 2024, 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.
|Location:||New York, America|
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2024|
When hosting in 1997, Valderrama became the first course on continental Europe to host the Ryder Cup. Going into the tournament, a lot of the hype surrounded the debut of Tiger Woods, but despite this Europe got the win under the guidance of legend Seve Ballesteros. While considered as the top course in Europe, Valderrama is also one of the toughest, so is the perfect course to get that true championship test.
|Location:||San Roque, Spain|
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1997|
Another one for the future; Marco Simone will host the first Ryder Cup in Italy when it comes around in 2022. 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 2022 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?
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||2022|
Royal Birkdale is not only a multiple Open Championship venue but also a two times host of the Ryder Cup in the 1960's. The Royal course is regarded as a jewel of English golf and a must play venue in the North West of England area fondly known as the English Golf Coast. The layout offers some spectacular views during the round and despite all its golfing accolades, the course is by no means the hardest links out there meaning that whether you are a low or high handicapper there is both fun and a challenge to be found.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1965, 1969|
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.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1981|
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.
|Hosted Ryder Cup:||1933, 1937|