Wednesday, January 27, 2010

USA Ryder Cup Venues

After playing The Concession it perked my interest about the history of the Ryder Cup. I went to the local library and checked out what looked like would be a rather interesting, offbeat view of the Cup: David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup. It has a lot of illustrations with off the wall captions which make it an entertaining read.

I had the good luck of being able to attend the opening ceremonies and practice rounds of the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. If you recall this is the one where Phil decided to go too another course too supposedly practice because of the better wind conditions. Bizarre rationalization, plus he also decided to switch clubs for this event. Phil and the US got pounded by the Europeans in this one.

Wondering how many different venues there have been in the USA and how many more I need to play to hit them all, here is the list through 2024. Not one course has been used more than once here, in contrast to the European venues.

1927- Worchester CC____ 1931- Scioto CC*
1935- Ridgewood CC____ 1947- Portland GC*
1951- Pinehurst CC #2*___1955-Thunderbird GCC
1959- Eldorado CC_______1963- East Lake CC
1967- Champions CC____  1971- Old Warson CC
1975- Laurel Valley CC*__1979- The Greenbrier
1983- PGA National GC*_ 1987- Muirfield Village GC
1991- The Ocean Course*_1995- Oak Hill CC
1999- The Country Club__ 2004- Oakland Hills CC*
2008- Valhalla GC*______2012- Medinah CC
2016- Hazeltine CC*_____2020- Whistling Straits*
2024- Bethpage Black
*courses I have played

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