While European Ryder Cup venues have been modern affairs since Walton Heath in 1981, the US continues to mix it up between newer courses and traditional clubs. This September, it’s treading the middle ground when the 41st Ryder Cup visits Hazeltine National in Minnesota, created by Robert Trent Jones in 1962.
No stranger to Major golf, Hazeltine memorably witnessed Tony Jacklin’s US Open triumph in 1970 and the first of Payne Stewart’s two US Opens in 1991. Two players have famously fended off Tiger here in Majors, too – Rich Beem in the 2002 USPGA and YE Yang in the 2009 staging. Tiger isn’t playing this time, but he will be there as a vicecaptain urging his compatriots on to a first victory since 2008.
In keeping with modern Ryder Cup philosophy, water is among the main adversaries, coming into play on nine holes over a course that’s 500 yards longer than in 1970. Add in the guaranteed pressure of a Ryder Cup cauldron and Hazeltine is sure to serve up an enthralling spectacle. Words Jeremy Ellwood Photography Getty Images