Top Courses

Every two years, the Ryder Cup tends to deliver a fair share of excitement, spills, an old-fashioned thrill, and it is arguably a premium golf event in the world. The USA vs Europe showdown brings an incredible view, and today we will take a look at the best Ryder Cup courses. Each of the following Ryder Cup venues hosted golf’s one of the most electrifying events. 

1. Moortown Golf Club 

We should not forget the first Ryder Cup venue in Europe. Designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Located in Alwoodley, Moortown was founded in 1909. With 18 holes, it has 175 acres of area on woodland and moorland.

It was a regular venue for the European tour in the 1980s. But everything started with the Ryder Cup in 1929. Moortown has hosted numerous amateur and professional tournaments featuring some top golfers such as Sir Michael Bonallack, Sir Nick Faldo, Danny Willett, Bernard Gallagher, and more.

Moortown Golf Club is one of the finest inland golf courses in the UK. It is now ranked at 33 in the UK as per the Golf World Top 100. Further, according to Golf Monthly, it is ranked at 63 in the UK and Ireland.  

2. Celtic Manor Golf Resort

Celtic Manor was established in 1994 as a private club. It has a total of 54 holes distributed over the three courses The Twenty Ten, The Montgomerie Course, and Roman Road Course. Among these three, Twenty Ten was specially built for the Ryder Cup. It is 7,493 yards in length with 71 par.

Designed by Ross McMurray, Twenty Ten is made in a way that allows the spectators to watch multiple matches from the large galleries. With the 50,000-spectator capacity, the course arranged the Wales Open tournament before opening it up for the Ryder Cup. 

The 2010 course introduced nine new holes on the river valley, which was an upgrade from the Wentwood Hills course. As a result, it became a stadium course.

3. Muirfield

Privately owned golf link Muirfield is one of the finest Open Championship Course. However, hosting the Ryder Cup at this course is less well known. The Ryder Cup took place once in 1973, in which the USA won by 19-13. 

It has 18 holes, 71 Par in 7,245 yards. Although it is a link course, the layout of Muirfield is unusual. The first nine skirts perimeter clockwise while the 10th one is in the heart of the course, which is anti-clockwise. The extraordinary design ensures the stringent examination of the game from all sides. 

4. K Club – Ryder Cup Course

The K Club’s North Course or Palmer Ryder Cup Course is the most renowned golf course in Ireland. Arnold Palmer designed this course on 550 acres of land in the County Kildare countryside. The course was opened in 1991 and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006, which was one of the most emotional and dramatic events.

KILDARE, IRELAND – SEPTEMBER 22: General View of the 18th green during the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 22, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Palmer Course has four teeing areas, and the total course measures 7,337 yards and a par of 72. Among all the par, the 16th is the most critical Par five, which measures almost 600 yards from the blue tees. 

The K Club may remind you of the Belfry in many ways, such as it is a combination of resort and tournament courses. 

5. Medinah Country Club

Medinah hosted the Ryder Cup in 2012 on Golf Course 3. It was the first time the Illinois state hosted the tournament and was the first US course out of the eastern time zone. Built in 1924, the Medinah country club has two more courses, but course 3 is the significant one.

Designed by Tom Bendelow, the Medinah Course three has 72 pars in 7,657 yards. Rees Jones redesigned the course later and upgraded it as more challenging. Even the best golfer will find it difficult to score. However, some greatest golfers in the world, including Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Tiger Woods, have found success at Medinah.

6. Ocean Course Kiawah

It is located in South Carolina along with the 10-mile beachfront property. It features both tournament courses and a resort complex. Kiawah Island Golf is best known for its five golf courses. But it got a highlight after the Ocean Course hosted the Ryder Cup in 1991.

According to the Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America, the Ocean Course ranked 25. It is a par 72 course and has 7,876 yards containing a 155-slope rating. However, the course rating is 79.1, which is the highest in the USA. The different bunkers, large slopes, and highly challenging Bermuda grass Ocean Course are among the hardest golf venues in America.