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September 2018

NetJets Guide to the Ryder Cup

Attending one of golf’s most prestigious events
This year, the 42nd Ryder Cup will take place in France from 28–30 September. Golf’s most powerful and influential players and supporters will gather at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National, just outside of Paris, for what promises to be an incredible competition.

The Albatros course is considered to be one of the toughest tests in professional golf and offers a number of risk and reward sections with plenty of water coming into play over the closing holes. Extremely challenging, the course looks set to provide an exhilarating and dramatic competition that will keep spectators on the edge of their seats. Organisers expect between 60,000 to 65,000 fans to descend on the course on each day of the event so expect the atmosphere to be full of anticipation and excitement.

While the United States are the defending champions, winning on home turf in 2016, they have lost their last five matches in Europe, failing to claim a victory since 1993. With the Dane, Thomas Bjorn, leading Team Europe, and NetJets Owner Jim Furyk, captaining the US, this year is set to be a thrilling clash.

The history of the Ryder Cup

Held biennially and alternating between courses in the United States and Europe, the first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 in Massachusetts, USA. While America won the first few decades, after the 1979 decision that allowed players from Europe alongside English and Irish men, the European team has won ten times, while the Americans have won eight.

This is the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe following Spain in 1997.

Who is competing in the Ryder Cup?

As any golf fan will know, the Ryder Cup is one of the world’s most exciting and prestigious sport’s tournaments. It brings together some of best golfers in the world, and this year is no exception. Both teams this year are formed of world-class players who have been dominating the circuit over the past year.

At NetJets, we are proud to partner with several players competing in this year’s tournament, including the US’s Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, and Europe’s Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Tyrell Hatton.
Flying around the world for tournaments, all professional athletes push their bodies and their minds to the extreme. As they compete at the very highest level, we provide the highest level of care by helping manage their hectic schedules and complicated travel logistics. We provide a personalised travel experience and offer ultimate flexibility to accommodate their timetables. With a world-class fleet at their demand and a number of private jets to choose from, these world-class players can singularly focus on their game.

A few extras

For golf lovers

If you are attending this year’s event, be sure to make the most of your trip. Besides the magnificence of the Albatros, there are also a number of incredible courses worth playing on over your visit. In fact, France has over 730 golf courses to date, 22 of which are ranked in the 1,000 best courses in the world.
For those attending the event, Le Golf National is extremely accessible, only 21.5 km from Paris Orly Airport and 48 km from Charles De Gaulle International Airport. A smaller but nearer option is also the regional airport of Toussus-le-Noble, which is about a 10-minute drive from the course. Find out more on our golf page, why not take a look at our programme options here