Ryder Cup Golf Courses

Ryder Cup logoIt would seem that just about everyone loves the Ryder Cup. What’s not to love after all? It’s a chance to cheer on our fellow countrymen against the countrymen of a far away land and isn’t that what sport is all about? This week Team U.S.A. will host Team Euro at Medinah Country Club for the 39th playing of the Ryder Cup and I have to say, I’m pretty excited about it! With all due respect to my friends and readers across the pond . . . Go Team U.S.A.!!!!!

Patriotism aside, what I really love about the Ryder Cup is that it’s great to see guys like Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker working together to thump the likes of Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in the exact same format that I play every weekend with my friends. I am of the opinion that match play is the most fun way to compete at the amateur level and I love to see the pros playing MY game for once. I also think the quality of the golf being played at match play events has the potential to be better than average. When these guys are not worried about protecting a stroke play score they take some chances that they might not ever take at an event like the U.S. Open. With that in mind, one of the things that always amazes me when watching match play is the number of long putts that get made. When these guys can be aggressive and there are no repercussions for missing a putt by 6 feet versus 6 inches it is remarkable how many long ones go in. I just love to see a ball tracking along at a good clip that smashes into the back of the cup and drops in the hole. There’s few things I like better in golf than an aggressive run at a long putt that drops in the hole.

As they prepare for this year’s Ryder Cup, Team U.S.A. is surely fired up to win on their home turf after the disappointing loss back in 2010. I played Medinah earlier this year and I have no doubt that the course is going to help deliver some major drama this week. Late in the back nine the short par 4 15th and the par 3 17th over water are the type of holes that can swing a match one way or the other. It’s going to be fun to watch! As an added storyline, if we go back to 1979 when continental Europe joined what was previously the Great Britain and Ireland team there have been 16 Ryder Cups contested in that time and Team Europe has won 8 times to Team U.S.A.’s 8 victories. The 2012 Ryder Cup is not only for bragging rights through 2014, but for the all time lead in the Euro vs. U.S.A. era!

The Ryder Cup is contested every 2 years but the venue alternates between the U.S. and Europe so it is only held in either country every four years. Below is a list of the U.S. venues going all the way back to the first Ryder Cup in 1927. The courses showing in blue can be clicked to see a course profile. Have fun watching the coverage and Go Team U.S.A.!!!!

Worcester Country Club
Scioto Country Club
Ridgewood Country Club
Portland Golf Club
Pinehurst Resort (No. 2)
Thunderbird Country Club
Eldorado Country Club
Atlanta Athletic Club
Champions Golf Club
Old Warson Country Club
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Greenbrier Resort (Greenbrier)
PGA National Golf Club
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean)
Oak Hill Country Club (East)
The Country Club
Oakland Hills Country Club (South)
Valhalla Golf Club
Medinah Country Club (No. 3)
   Worcester, MA
   Columbus, OH
   Paramus, NJ
   Portland, OR
   Pinehurst, NC
   Rancho Mirage, CA
   Indian Wells, CA
   Duluth, GA
   Houston, TX
   St. Louis, MO
   Ligonier, PA
   White Sulphur Springs, WV
   Palm Beach Gardens, FL
   Dublin, OH
   Kiawah Island, SC
   Rochester, NY
   Brookline, MA
   Bloomfield Hills, MI
   Louisville, KY
   Medinah, IL

  • Well written here ol pal o mine
    Its great to see you writing about another aspect of golf. Personally I think there should be 3 teams:
    US, Euro and one from the International Space Station
    But where is the list of European venues

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Larry, I’ll do the European venues in 2014 when the Ryder Cup is back across the pond at Gleneagles in Scotland!

  • cb

    Well said. And i just reread your Medinah excursion. Is the rough really a non-factor there?

    Yes, it is that grand golf event that happens every 2 yrs. (remember 9/11 interrupting the odd yrs?) I just watched that crazy ‘War by ther Shore’ drama last night on Golf Channel. I remember that so well. I was at Oakland Hills in ’04 when the US squad took a 18 1/2-9 1/2 thrashing from the Euros. I was on the hill behind 18 when it ended early on that Sunday, right in the middle of the wives and fans chanting that obnoxious soccer chant. It kinda feels like that again, good intl players, lack of that ‘Azinger, Lanny spark’ that was so famous in Cups past. We’ll see!

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      CB, The rough was not up terribly high when I was at Medinah in June. As you know that can change by simply turning the mowers off for a week or so. I’ll be interested to see what they do this weekend with the Ryder Cup. Team U.S.A. has some guys who are known to drive it a little wild and if the rough is too penal it could hurt Team U.S.A. more than the Euros!