Ryder Cup Golf Course
Almost 100 years ago, 20 men assembled at Gleneagles in the heartland of Scotland for an international challenge match between Great Britain and the United States. Since then, the Ryder Cup has been thrilling the golf world and has written some of the best pages in golfing history. Looking to 2018, the Ryder Cup will make an historic return to the Continent, in France at Le Golf National.
Wind your way through the very best of France and Italy’s sights, iconic attractions, rich culture, history and magnificent courses, including no.1 Continental Europe Golf Course – a very private and exclusive club – and the 2018 Ryder Cup golf course.
Among the original 20 men were some golfing greats of the time including Harry Vardon, J.H. Taylor and Walter Hagen. The 1921 match had no name, no real fanfare and no trophy to play for – but it started fuelling the appetite for the friendly competition and eventually gave rise to the phenomenon of the Ryder Cup, first officially played in 1927, six years later.
The competition is named after golf enthusiast and business man Samuel Ryder, who donated a solid gold trophy for the winning team. It was strictly U.S. versus Great Britain until 1979, when a rules change allowed all continental European professionals a chance to qualify. The Ryder Cup is played every two years, alternating locations between the United States and Europe.
The Ryder Cup stands at 25 wins for the U.S., 13 wins for Great Britain/Europe and two ties. The event was not played from 1939 to 1945 due to World War II and in 2001 due to the World Trade Center attacks.
The 2018 Ryder Cup Golf Course
Le Golf National on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, the well-established home of the Alstom Open de France, will become only the second Continental venue – following Club de Golf, Valderrama, in Spain in 1997 – to host the Ryder Cup in 2008.
“In 1979, the Ryder Cup experienced a renaissance by the inclusion of Continental Europe,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “We share today in another milestone as the 42nd Ryder Cup, contested in 2018, visits France, expanding golf’s most compelling event to an exciting new venue and across a new border. We celebrate with the citizens of France, as they begin their journey to add to the rich history of the Ryder Cup.”
Five nations – France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain – had participated in an exhaustive and comprehensive Bid Process – the first conducted by Ryder Cup Europe – to identify the country best qualified to follow Medinah Country Club, Illinois, USA, next year; Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2014 and Hazeltine, Minnesota, USA, in 2016 as host of the biennial contest.
The Ryder Cup is played between 12 players from the U.S. against 12 players from Europe. Each team has a captain, who decides which players will team together during fourball and foursomes matches and compete in singles matches.
Both sides use the same selection method: Most of the team qualifies automatically via points lists, and the remaining spots are filled at the discretion of the respective team captains. In the case of points lists, players accumulate points over periods specified by the PGA or Euro Tour.
A total of 28 matches are played in three days. Each winning match delivers 1 point to the winning team. The score of the match is determined based on the number of holes won by each side, as opposed to stroke play, where the number of strokes are added up at the end to determine a winner.
There are no extra holes in a Ryder cup. Should the two sides be tied after 18 holes, each side earns half a point. In order to win, a team must collect 14 1/2 points. In case of a tie, the winning team from the previous Ryder Cup retains the trophy.
The first two days of the Ryder Cup consists of two sessions, one session consisting of four Fourballs matches and the other includes four Foursomes matches. The final day is reserved for singles play.
Under this format, two players from the U.S. tee off agains two players from Europe in the same group. Each player plays his own ball for the entire hole. The lowest score from the two partners counts as the team score for the hole.
Two players from the U.S. tee off against two players from Europe in the same group, but play one ball each, alternating shots. The team with the lowest score takes the hole.
This is when every player from each side plays with 12 separate one-on-one matches contested between each U.S. and European player. The best score per hole wins that hole and tied holes are halved.