A Look at the 2016 Ryder Cup
Hazeltine might be familiar to those of you who have kept a keen eye on professional golf over the years, having
hosted countless major championships since opening for play in 1962, most recently the 2009 PGA Championships. Now this
Minnesota golfing marvel will take one more step towards golfing immortality by hosting the greatest show in golf, The
The 41st edition of the biennial battle between Europe and the USA will be held from September 30th through October
2nd 2016 and will put the perfect exclamation point on this summer of golf.
For fans of the biennial battle between the United States and Europe who are making the trip to Minnesota, there is plenty to learn—especially if it is your first trip to the land of 10,000 water hazards! Visitors are advised to bring their clubs and plan to play some of the finest courses the USA has to offer.
Designed in the early 1960s by Robert Trent Jones with a view to host a national championship, Hazeltine didn't take long to turn heads in the world of golf and only eight years after opening for play, it hosted the 1970 US Open.
Since then, the course has played host many more prestigious championships including another US Open, the US Women's Open, the US Senior Open, not to mention the more recent PGA Championships in 2002 and 2009, which simply underlines the quality of Trent Jones' layout; a fitting stage no doubt for the exciting cut and thrust of The Ryder Cup.
Modified by Rees Jones – son of Robert Trent Jones – prior to the 1991 US Open, Hazeltine offers one of the most demanding tests of golf in the USA, but it also offers plenty of birdie chances to the world's best golfers. Who can forget Tiger Woods posting four closing birdies at the 2002 PGA Championship, only to be pipped at the post by the
journeyman Rich Beem? Or Y.E. Yang's power lifter celebration after becoming the 1st player to catch and pass Tiger after holding the 54-hole lead in a major championship?
Measuring no less than 7,600 yards from the tournament tees, Hazeltine requires powerful hitting from the tee and yet the narrow fairways and sweeping undulations put a premium on accuracy as well.
Perennially in immaculate condition, Hazeltine boasts a number of spectacular holes that will provide the perfect
stage for matchplay golf, not least of which is the par 4 16th; the course’s signature hole. With Lake Hazeltine
patrolling the left of the hole and a small creek running down the right, as well as a elevated green that sits perched
on a peninsula with water on all sides, don’t be surprised if this devilish par 4 is the stage for some serious Ryder Cup
drama late on Singles Sunday!
Your Golf Travel's Saint Paul Soiree!
Join us in Saint Paul for a light hearted evening of Ryder Cup themed festivities and exclusive insight into the 2016 matches. We'll be welcoming a host of guests, including celebrity golf nuts and past Ryder Cup players, and inviting them to share their thoughts on weekend's action at Hazeltine National. The drinks will be on us and it promises to be a special evening.
What you need to know
Upon arrival at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport, it will take you only 15 minutes to make your way to downtown Minneapolis by car or 24
minutes if you choose to take the Light-Rail Transit (LRT).
Minneapolis is relatively compact so getting around town is nice and easy, meaning that, away from the golf course;
you can explore the city to your heart's content thanks to a number of transportation options.
Metro Transit runs one of the largest public transportation services in the USA so using the bus is a convenient
and inexpensive way of getting from A to B. Hailing a cab is also relatively straight forward and the LRT connects
downtown Minneapolis with the airport, the Mall of America and no less than 18 other stations.
Golf in the area
Minnesota, contrary to popular misconception, is not located near the Arctic Circle and therefore not under snow and ice for the entire year. A very temperate golf season, which extends through seven months of the year, culminates in mid-to-late September (perfect timing for those visiting for the Ryder Cup) when it is the peak growing season for Minnesota, and when many of the local golf courses are in the best shape they are all year long.
Top or Tail your Ryder Cup experience with a great golf holiday
Golfers attending the Ryder Cup have a wealth of fantastic golf resorts to combine as part of their trip. Whether
it is re-living past Ryder Cup glories at venues such as PGA National (1983, US won by 14.5 points to 13.5) or Kiawah
Island (1991, again won by The US by 14.5 points to 13.5) or even 2020 Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits, there is plenty
of great golf to play in the United States.
For those seeking a Championship golf experience, don't forget the likes of Pebble Beach which is a 4 hour
flight from Minneapolis, the Stadium experience at TPC Sawgrass which is just a 3 hour flight to Jacksonville or US Open
host Pinehurst which is a 2 hour, 45 minute flight into Raleigh-Durham.
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Services, the official travel services agency of Ryder Cup Europe or Premier Golf Travel, the official travel services
agency of the PGA of America.
2016 Ryder Cup Captains
Early in 2015, former Open Champion and Your Golf Travel Ambassador, Darren Clarke, was appointed as Captain of Team Europe heading into the 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
Pitted against Team USA Captain, Davis Love III, who of course skippered the Americans at the 2012 Ryder Cup which
would eventually become known as the "Miracle at Medinah", Darren will be looking to learn from the successes
of past European Ryder Cup Captains and lead Europe to a fourth successive victory, following on from successes at Celtic
Manor in 2010, Medinah in 2012 and Gleneagles in 2014.
Clarke held off stiff competition in the form of Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez to land the role in what was
revealed by Colin Montgomerie – part of the five man selection panel who had the final say over who would be picked as
Captain – as, ultimately "a unanimous decision".
Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup Record
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