03-10-2016

Ryder Cup Reflection


What a weekend! Golf fans worldwide were treated an exhibition of exhilarating golf as Team USA, led by Davis Love III and his task force, regained the Ryder Cup after a run of 3 straight defeats in the biennial contest.
With Team USA going into the singles matches 3 points ahead, some of the golf witnessed on a birdie filled final day will live long in the memory. From Patrick Reed sending the Americans on their way by ousting Rory McIlroy in the top match, to Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia’s incredible half match featuring no less than 19 birdies; it was an enthralling exhibition of world class golf. 
The team at Executive Golf & Leisure were glued to the action over the weekend and now we are already looking forward to the next edition at Le Golf National near Paris in 2018.
Here’s the lowdown on the next Ryder Cup host venue, Le Golf National:
Location: Le Golf National is situated only 20 miles from the centre of Paris and close to the Palace of Versailles.
Length: 7,249 yards
Course Description: Built in 1990, Le Golf National is a purpose built ‘Stadium Course’ and the ‘Albatros’ Championship Course has played host to the French Open on the European Tour almost every year since 1991. Deliberately designed with spectators in mind, Le Golf National presents a tricky and undulating course that will create fantastic natural amphitheatres and allow fans to get close to the action with excellent vantage points. Water comes into play throughout and should ensure plenty of decisive drama with watery graves waiting on the 15th, 16th and 18th holes. The Le Golf National development includes two further courses and the French Golf Academy while it is also home to the French Golf Federation. 
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Three things we are already excited to see in 2018:
1. Rory and Reed: Part Deux!
Set to be two Ryder Cup stalwarts for many years to come, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed appear to bring the best out of each other’s games and, after Sundays enthralling contest, we are already hoping to see these two face off again in France. Spurred on by the home crowds, Reed managed to topple McIlroy in the top singles match with some stunning match play golf throughout. The result will have stung Europe’s talisman and we’re sure he’ll be fired up to make amends in 2 years’ time.
2. Rookie’s Return 
It was a strong week for Ryder Cup rookies overall, with fearlessness shining through as more experienced heads faltered. Team USA rookie Ryan Moore sealed victory for team USA with an eagle-birdie-par finish to see off Lee Westwood, while Brooks Koepka won his singles match against Danny Willett 5&4! On the European side, Rafael Cabrera Bello and Thomas Pieter’s in particular had Ryder Cup debuts to remember. Setting a new Ryder Cup rookie record, Pieter’s won 4 points from 5 matches and, at only 24 years of age, we expect the big hitting Belgian to produce the goods again in 2018 when backed by a home crowd.
3. French atmosphere, the Tricolore and Joie de Vivre
The USA’s Red, White and Blue will be swapped for the Blue, White and Red of the Tricolore in 2018 as France hosts its first Ryder Cup. It will be only the second time continental Europe has hosted the competition and the French will be keen to put on a unique show. Boasting excellent spectator facilities, Le Golf National promises to be a sea of noise, excitement and colour as the European team look to regain the cup. If Victor Dubuisson can find form and make the European team for a second time, the French will have even more to shout about and the galleries should be as boisterous as Hazeltine.
Do you want to be there for the Ryder Cup in 2018? Contact us now and we can make your Ryder Cup dream a reality.

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