5 Reasons Ryder Cup 2018 Will Be Amazing
1. Location, Location, Location
For the first time ever, the Ryder Cup matches will be staged in France. The Albatross Course at Le Golf National, about 20 miles southwest of central Paris, will serve as the venue for the matches. Visiting spectators will have lots of opportunities to enjoy the Parisian good life of fine wines, delicious gourmet cuisine and amazing sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees as well as experience activities like cruises on the Seine River.
2. A Great Venue
Le Golf National is a regular stop for the Open de France on the European Tour schedule. The Albatross Course at Le Golf National has the feel of a traditional links course with several target golf elements. From its slick greens to its vast undulating fairways and countless links-style bunkers, the Albatross encourages lots of creativity and high-risk, high-reward shots. Get ready for some spectacular finishes to many of the matches as the final four holes are engulfed by water hazards.
Spieth & Reed win big (Photo courtesy of PGA TOUR)
3. A Fantastic American Team
Every Red, White and Blue fan is excited about our American team. Why not? They won the Ryder Cup, 17-11, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016 with clutch play by young Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Moreover, many of the U.S. Ryder Cuppers were on the 2017 President’s Cup team that demolished the international squad. The U.S. has some serious firepower with golfers at the top of their game like Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka.
4. A Much Improved European Team
If their current rankings hold true, the European squad, captained by Thomas Bjorn, will field a formidable team led by Justin Rose and Jon Rahm. It’s likely veteran Ryder Cuppers Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy will be part of the team as well. The Euros ace-in-the-hole might be the French shot-making guru Victor Dubuisson, who will be highly motivated playing on French soil. Others who look like good bets to make the team are Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Keep in mind, too, the U.S.A. team has not won on European soil since 1993.
5. A Variety of Ways to Experience the Ryder Cup as a Spectator
Premier Golf, which has been planning Ryder Cup excursions since 1991, offers a variety of ways to enjoy the event. Its offerings include a selection of 5 and 7-night packages as well as the Ryder Cup Viking River Cruise. Premier Golf has partnered with Viking Cruises to take you on a spectacular journey through picturesque Northern France aboard the the Viking Kadlin, a 443-foot long Longship. Brimming with big-ship amenities, the Kadlin has an airy ambiance and exquisite dining. The Ryder Cup Cruise begins on Tuesday, September 25 and ends on Friday, October 5, 2018. For those who want to enhance their Ryder Cup experience there are add-on tours like the Normandy and Brittany Journey, Bordeaux Golf and Wine Tour and Spain and Costa Del Sol Jaunt.