For three days at the end of September 2018, France will be the focal point of the sporting world when the golf stars of Europe and the USA battle it out in the 42nd Ryder Cup in Paris. Please click here to see the video.
Each day, an expected 70,000 spectators will watch the biennial event unfold on the Albatros course at Le Golf National, in south-west suburb Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, while a TV audience of almost 500 million from 180 countries will make it the world’s third most-watched sports spectacle after football’s World Cup and the Olympic Games.
Golfers who want to combine golf and a stay in France’s vibrant and beautiful capital can tee off in style just a short drive from Paris, with its glorious monuments, museums, shopping and nightlife.
Le Golf National opened in 1990 as a national centre for golf in France, with architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert von Hagge creating the Albatros stadium course – which will host not only the 2018 Ryder Cup but also the 2024 Olympics golf events – from ploughed fields and landfill. It recently underwent a 10-month makeover to improve irrigation and drainage and to add wooden edging to its lakes, while renovations to the on-site Novotel hotel included adding a spa and gym. The resort also offers the 18-hole Aigle and nine-hole Oiselet courses.
While several top-ranking courses in the Paris area are private – among them Morfontaine, Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche and Saint Germain – there are more than two dozen courses around the capital visitors can play. They include UGOLF Exclusiv Château de Cély, Domaine de Crécy, Golf de Fontainebleau, Golf Disneyland and Golf de Chantilly.