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Ryder Cup venues you can play

Think yourself as a bit of a Tiger Woods or Rory Mcilroy? We've got the low down on the Ryder Cup courses where you can follow in their footsteps.

Katie Burman
Katie Burman 7 mins read

L'Albatros course, Le Golf National

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Ganton Golf Club

Royal Lytham & St Annes course

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

The New course, Walton Heath Golf Club

The Gleneagles Resort

Gleneagles would host the first unofficial Ryder Cup, back in 1921 when Golf Illustrated invited a group of American players to compete in the British Open. It would be almost a century before the event would return to the Scottish venue, which serves up one of the most beautiful settings in golf.

Originally staged over the James Braid-designed Kings course, the 2014 Ryder Cup would return to the new edition at the resort, the PGA Centenary Course, with Europe recording a resounding victory.

Celtic Manor

The only course built specifically to host the world’s biggest team tournament, Celtic Manor would produce a scintillating contest in 2010, with the match coming down to the final singles pairing. Delayed till Monday due to poor weather, Graeme McDowell would finish off Hunter Mahan on the iconic par-3 17th to give Europe a one-point victory and continue their four-match winning streak on home soil.

The rolling parkland course in the Usk Valley forms part of the extensive Celtic Manor estate, which is also home to two further championship courses as well as a plethora of leisure and dining facilities.

Lindrick Golf Club

Host to the 1957 Ryder Cup, Lindrick all too often gets overlooked. It shouldn’t, for it is undoubtedly one of the best British courses to host the prestigious event. The hidden gem would be the scene of a rare victory for Team GB, the first in twenty-four years. The course culminates with one of the finest holes in the game, the 210-yard par-3 eighteenth, which is featured in the World's 500 Greatest Golf Holes.

Moortown Golf Club

Designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, Moortown was the first ever venue to host the Ryder Cup on this side of the pond, back in 1929. Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen were among the players who made the journey to compete in the second staging of the biennial tournament, which was plagued by hail and heavy snow.

A classic moorland course, the peaty fairways, flanked by silver birch and heather, are ridiculously good to play off and ensure that Moortown is regarded as one of England's finest tests.


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