2016 Expert Ryder Cup Travel Tips

2016 Expert Ryder Cup Travel Tips

Hazeltine National Golf Club for the 2016 Ryder Cup
••• Hazeltine National Golf Club for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Photo Courtesy of the Hazeltine National Golf Club

The 2016 Ryder Cup will be at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota from September 30 to October 2.so, we'll probably need some “Expert” Ryder Cup Travel Tips

Premier Golf has, since 1991, been licensed by the PGA of America as the sole provider of North American Ryder Cup travel packages. To date, they have sent more than 25,000 people to enjoy the biennial battle between the U.S. and Europe.

These people know Ryder Cup travel, and the have some great packages available. Check them out here.

Jim Ward, Premier Golf’s President, offers some “expert” guidelines on how to make the most of your 2014 Ryder Cup experience. Jim has attended every Ryder Cup tourney since 1991, thus his experience and memories make him one of the foremost “experts” on all things Ryder Cup. Here then are his seven tips for Ryder Cup travel success:

Book Now!  That's what I recommend, especially if you're visiting from abroad. “Six months is not a lot of time to plan an international trip,” says Ward.  “The Ryder Cup is in high demand and the best rooms and airfares are already filling up fast. Whether you already won tickets through the PGA’s lottery, or plan on purchasing a package via Premier Golf, now is the time to book your trip.” Premier Golf offers eight exclusive Ryder Cup experiences, starting at $3,700 per person.

Packages include five-night accommodations, welcome receptions, full Scottish breakfast daily, Ryder Cup tournament badges, ground transportation, Ryder Cup gifts and all taxes. This will be Premier Golf’s 12th consecutive Ryder Cup, and each year it gets more exciting and more emotional.

Get Your Ryder Cup Merchandise Early and Often: “Attending a Ryder Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people, so make sure you come home with some swag for you and all of the jealous golfer friends and family you left at home.

Buy your Ryder Cup merchandise on one of the first days you are at the course to ensure best selection. Hot items tend to sell out quickly. You will likely encounter lines at check out so be patient and plan accordingly. Even better, buy your Ryder Cup gear in advance and bring it with you.”

Have a Spectator Strategy: “It’s vital to have a plan once the matches begin so you don’t miss any of the action. Find a good viewing location on the back nine, ahead of play and let all the matches come to you. You can use the leaderboards and video boards throughout the course to stay informed, so make sure the location you select has access to one of them. But also keep in mind if a match closes out early, it may not reach the last few holes. If possible, get to the first tee on Sunday to insure a good spot to see each of the singles matches tee off. The roar of the crowd and the give-and-take between the European and American fans is something you will never forget. Remember to wear your red, white and blue and be prepared to be loud. This is an away match and you need to make up for Euro fans’ strength in numbers.”

Meet Other People: “In your hotel, at dinner and on the golf course, make an effort to introduce yourself and your group to European fans.

They are passionate about their golf and you may be surprised at the great relationships (perhaps long term) you will make. Remember, while you are on opposite sides, you are both fervent about the game of golf and that typically leads to some lively conversations.”

Buy a Portable Radio on Day 1: “Purchase the portable radios available at the course so you can hear the tournament being broadcast live and keep up with the hot and heavy action. Believe it or not, the radios usually sell out, so don’t delay. Get one as soon as you get to the course on Day 1.”

Use the Free Grandstands: “If you’re an enthusiastic Ryder Cup fan you’ll probably be cheering loudly and expending a lot of energy as you follow each group closely. This can be exhausting, which is why we tell all our clients to use the free grandstands located throughout the course.

You can refer to your spectator guide for exact locations.”

Don’t Forget Your Clubs: “This is the Ryder Cup’s first appearance in Scotland since 1973. So if you’re traveling to the matches, why not tee it up on the hallowed grounds of golf? Premier Golf offers packages that include “a la carte” rounds at iconic courses like St. Andrews, Kingbarns, The Torrance or The Duke’s, and provide full-service concierge, eliminating the stress and hassle of booking advance tee times. The knowledgeable Premier Golf staff will be there to deliver on-site assistance, transfers to and from the course and more.”

So, if you want to head to Scotland this fall, and be there live to see the U.S. win back the cup, visit www.PremierGolf.com now; or call 800-283-GOLF for more information.

And don’t forget: there are many other opportunities for great golf all over the world. Favorite locations include Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas and many more. 

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