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Ryder Cup 2016

Many keen golf-lovers will be anticipating the arrival of autumn-time 2016 which signals the arrival of the Ryder Cup in the USA for its 41st biennial competition between teams from Europe and the USA. With the European teams pipping the USA to the post for the past three competitions USA have a lot to prove to make sure that they come out on top which will make this an exciting golfing team challenge.

Discover the course that is shortly going to host one of the most anticipated golfing championships in autumn 2016…


Hazeltine golf course is considered to be the premier destination for golf in the upper Midwest as well as a popular choice for many other tournaments over the years held in the USA makes this course the obvious choice to host this next huge golfing spectacle.

This course presents players one of the most challenging tests of golf available in the USA with its narrow and hilly fairways along with the small greens. The water features on half of the holes just add to the level of skill required to score well on this course.  As the course measures no less than 7,600 yards players must start off with powerful swings and continue throughout the game to score well.

The 16th hole is a par 4 and is Hazeltine’s signature hole. With Hazeltine’s lake on the left and the creek running down on the right as well as an elevated green sat on a peninsula surrounded by water this hole is the ultimate challenge and will surely cause some late drama on the Singles Sunday!

Take the opportunity to enjoy the world-class golf at Hazeltine whilst staying at a fantastic hotel…


If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the Ryder Cup which will offer you the full luxury experience then our package at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is ideal. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city making it easy access to a wide variety of restaurants and bars as well as the shops and the arts. Another advantage of its central location is the incredible views from your hotel room meaning that you will enjoy your Ryder Cup holiday in the finest hotel.

The Mystic Casino Hotel is perfect for those looking for a hotel a little closer to Hazeltine but still offering a resort experience. This hotel hosts its own lovely 18-hole golf course as well as ten diverse restaurants meaning that everyone is catered for.  This hotel also offers shuttles to the Mall of America so guests can enjoy a little shopping whilst not watching the drama unfold at Hazeltine.

Groups looking for a fun hotel with a huge indoor water park and the Mall of America practically next door will not be disappointed with the Raddiison Hotel of Bloomington by Mall of America. This hotel’s location is truly ideal with the airport a free shuttle away. When not enjoying the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine you can dine in one of the three fabulous restaurants, enjoy the spa, use the fitness centre or visit the Northern Lights Arcade.

Those looking for a quieter experience may prefer the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel situated in downtown Minneapolis designed to look like a 19th century train depot. Despite being a quieter more historic hotel it is only a short walk to the Mississippi River as well as the Guthrie and the Mill Museum. It is also a short walk to more bars and restaurants making it a hotel ideal for those wanting something more adult orientated.

Being situated opposite the Mall of America means that anyone staying at the Best Western Plus Bloomington hotel will never be short of things to do. Along with watching the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine guests have the opportunity to visit many attractions at the Mall as well as enjoy the huge pool and hot tub situated within the hotel. This is perfect for those golf fanatics who want an array of other activities at their fingertips during their stay.

Those looking for modern interior with historic exterior should look no further for their Ryder Cup hotel than the Residence Inn at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis by the Mississippi riverfront. This all-suite hotel means that eating out is not essential due to its full kitchen fittings in every suite making it perfect for those looking for a quieter and more relaxed stay. However, for those not wanting to utilise the kitchen there are two fantastic in house restaurants and further restaurants in the surrounding area.

The Commons Hotel is a popular hotel and rated number one hotel in Minneapolis on TripAdvisor. Although situated on the University of Minnesota campus which may be unappealing this hotel boasts a fabulous location right next to Dinkytown where there are lots of cool bars and restaurants all within walking distance. This hotel is perfect for those wanting to enjoy their Ryder cup break and also be able to enjoy fantastic food at all times of day from Dinkytown.

Take a look at the Ryder Cup 2016 Captains and probable team members…


Darren Clarke has been named Team Europe’s 2016 Captain and will certainly be motivated to bring Team Europe their 4th consecutive victory in autumn 2016 at Hazeltine Golf Club, Minnesota. Clarke is determined to bring more success to Team Europe by learning from past successful captains and applying the knowledge to ensure that he doesn’t come home from Minnesota empty handed.

Having played in the last five Ryder Cups Ian Poulter is a sure pick for Team Europe. His enthusiasms for the event along with his past records have warranted him a nickname in the press as “Mr Ryder Cup” and so he is surely a shoo-in for Team Europe 2016.

Currently world number one is Rory McIlroy but he has been battling over the title against Jordan Speith for a while now which is sure to add extra excitement to this tournament in Minnesota whilst they both play not only for their teams but to retain the number one spot.

Team USA has suffered a poor run winning only 2 Ryder Cups out of the last 10 competitions. This brings into question why they have chosen Davis Love III to be their captain again after the turn of events that happened in 2012. However, Love has insisted he is coming back as a different captain but with the same goals – to gain the upper hand against Team Europe once more.

Even though it is early on to start discussing team members with the competition a year away we are sure to see some new names and faces on the Team USA line-up with them bringing in some younger players which haven’t been on the track for long. Maybe this mix-up of players and returning captain could mean victory for Team USA again.

Whatever team the captains select, this unique format of golf provides one of the best atmospheres you will ever have the opportunity to experience and Golf Escapes can make this happen. We’re happy to talk you through our packages or visit our website for more information.

About the Author

Ella Ruben

Final year student at University of Surrey about to complete a degree in psychology. My first contact with golf was driving the buggy with my Dad on holiday and now I enjoy the odd round now and again. My favourite place has to be Sueno in Turkey.

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