There’s nothing like a Ryder Cup
Ihad the pleasure of playing Le Golf National last year, as a guest of the official outerwear supplier to Europe’s Ryder Cup team, Galvin Green. The highlight of my round? Ripping one right down the middle of the unbelievably daunting 18th, and then puring a hybrid 195 to the back edge of the virtual island green. The lowlight
(apart from losing 11 balls)? Walking off that 18th with a six after four-putting…
What really stood out for me, though, was what a spectacular Ryder Cup course this will make. I really can’t think of many venues that are more suited to match play.
It has it all. Risk and reward is everywhere. So is water. The rough is brutal if you hit it as far offline as me, but there’s plenty of room off tee so the world’s best can open their shoulders.
It was designed specifically for the biggest events, so there are spectactor viewpoints alongside every fairway and green. The 18th has been created in an amphitheatre – I just hope lots of matches get this far, because it will be a stunning finish.
As Europe’s captain Thomas Bjorn told us for our big Ryder Cup preview: “This could be one of the greatest spectacles we’ve ever seen.”
With the teams shaping up as they are, and the course guaranteed to deliver drama from the very first tee shot (you guessed it, water down the left and in front of the green), I think
Paris – as you’d expect – is going to put on a hell of a show.