Prepare for the 2018 Ryder Cup in fascinating Paris.
International Golfers will be flocking to Paris in 2017 and 2018 either to witness the Ryder Cup match or to enjoy a golf tour in France including the Ryder Cup course. It is an exciting combination. Golf’s greatest team event returning to the Continent of Europe for the first time in 21 years, Then the prospect of spending time in one of Europe’s most vibrant, beautiful and historic cities. Early planning will be required to attend the tournament as it will be very well attended.
This 42nd Ryder Cup Match between Europe and the United States will be contested in September/October 2018 at Golf National, Albatros Course, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. Le Golf National Albatross is an impressive ‘stadium’ course and particularly good for spectator viewing. It is a popular choice amongst the professionals who have played there. The spectacular final 4 holes are surrounded by water hazards. Given all the drama that has unfolded previously over a closing stretch, it looks tailor-made for the match. Many golfers will want to play the Albatros course and feel a bit of the Ryder Cup experience before the stars. Slick greens, vast undulating fairways with innumerable links-style bunkers are waiting for you. They will require golfers to use every club in the bag. The location is just outside of Paris on the outskirts of Versailles and the club has regularly hosted the French Open.
France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain submitted bids to host the match, which has only been held on continental Europe once before. That was at Valderrama in Spain in 1997, when Seve Ballesteros led Europe to a second successive one-point victory over the Americans.
The location in Paris always looked attractive as this is a very commercial as well as golfing event.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format is as follows:
- Day 1(Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
- Day 2(Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
- Day 3(Sunday) – 12 singles matches
On the first two days there are 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches with the home captain choosing which are played in the morning and which in the afternoon.
With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending team to retain the Cup. All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes.
It will be important for France to have some home players representing Europe in 2018. The only French golfers to have represented Europe in The Ryder Cup so far are Thomas Levet, Jean Van de Velde and Victor Dubuisson. Currently Dubuisson is the only French golfer close to making the 2016 team and a likely prospect for 2018.
It will be interesting to see who is chosen to Captain the 2018 teams. Strong contenders from continental Europe would be Thomas Bjorn and Migual Angel Jimenez, both have been involved as players and Captains assistants. Bjorn is fluent in English which is likely to be important whereas Jiminez is more limited but is much loved as a ‘character’.
We will be promoting tours in France that can be linked to the Ryder Cup.
Golf in and Around Paris
- Paris has some of the highest ranked courses in France.
- With the entertainment available in this fabulous city you can be sure of stunning golf vacation.
- As with most major cities some of the best clubs do not all accept visitors at weekends.
- We will plan around this to give you a memorable visit at any time.
Paris International Golf Club is the only signature golf course in France designed by legendary golf course architect Jack Nicklaus. There is hilly terrain with ponds as hazards on many holes as it winds its way through one hundred year old trees. The downhill par five eighteenth hole plays to a spectacular Island Green. 6252 meters, Par 72. (Visitors Weekdays)
Chantilly Vineuil is set in rolling countryside 30 miles from the Paris and 25 minutes from Charles De Gaulle Airport. The course is challenging demanding a combination of accuracy and power. Hazards are provided by the woodland and numerous bunkers 6399 meters, Par 71.
Fontainebleau golf course has narrow fairways are bordered with trees such as pines silver birch, wild cherry, beech and centenary oak. It has 103 sand bunkers and dense outcrops of brooms, lilacs, ferns and wonderful jennets, making the course attractive and difficult. 6016 Meters, Par 72 (Visitors Weekdays).
Saint-Germain Golf Course is a parkland course with perfect greens. There are 116 beautiful and strategically placed bunkers making the course more strategic than it might first appear. Severiano Ballesteros holds the course record… 6,131m: par 72. (Visitors Weekdays)
Stade Francais – Courson 2 x 18 holes
This unusual layout has four inter-changeable 9 hole golf courses used in different combinations each day. There are lakes, hills, valleys, hummocks and dips used artistically isolating the fairways from each other. 2 x 18 holes: 6,184 to 6,557m: par 72. (Weekends Restricted times)
Isle-Adam is a technical course, quite long with wide fairways and numerous sloping greens. Position off the tee is important because of sloping fairways. The final few holes are on a plateau giving you fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. 6188m, 6765 yards: Par 72. (Visitors Welcome)
Château d’Augerville is a historic four-star resort near Fontainebleau combining luxury, tradition and French charm. The golf course is something of a hidden gem. It is in the forest around the impressive white château. On the 9th and 18th holes you walk up towards the beautiful 17th-Century chateau, where you can take lunch on the terrace. (Visitors Welcome)