Ryder Cup 2031, host venue bids rise We have finally arrived at 2023, the year of the Ryder Cup held at our home, on the Marco Simone Golf & Country course. The staff of the Captains, Luke Donald and Zach Johnson, are working hard to prepare the teams, net of the pending judgments in the Courts which will influence the breadth of the audience of eligible players.
But there is another front where activity is in full swing, that of the candidacies of future host venues. I am obviously referring to the European side, given that the Americans, by method and tradition, plan with a depth of time unknown to the Old Continent.
Ryder Cup 2031, future
In fact, the locations hosted in the United States until 2037 are already known: 2025 Bethpage State Park Golf Course (Black Course) 2029 Hazeltine National Golf Club 2033 The Olympic Club (Lake Course) 2037 Congressional Country Club (Blue Course) As for Europe, the only venue defined is the one for 2027, when Team Europe will host Team USA at Adare Manor, County Limerick, Ireland.
However, starting from the last months of last year, several applications for the 2031 edition have materialized. The first was that of the city of Bolton, a city that is part of Greater Manchester, which would like to use the Championship Course at Hulton Park.
Soon after came that of the London Golf Club in Kent, 50 km south-east of London. The third candidacy, perhaps the fiercest one, made public shortly before the end of last year, is that of Luton Hoo, a resort in Bedfordshire, whose property, with the full support of Central Bedfordshire Council, has presented a project to redevelop the current path, an element which, to tell the truth, unites all three candidates.
But the management of the Arora Group, owners of Luton Hoo since 2021, has done it big, entrusting the task to European Golf Design, the specialists of the Ryder courses: they designed the Celtic Manor's Twenty Ten and provided for the restyling of the Golf National and the Marco Simone Golf & Country.
It would therefore seem that across the Channel they are strongly determined to bring the competition back to home. But a few days ago the fourth wheel appeared on the scene. As reported by The Telegraph, the Camiral Golf & Wellness Resort, the new name of the PGA Catalunya, presented its candidacy which, according to insiders, immediately went into pole position.
The Spanish resort, owned by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, would enjoy the favor of the DP World Tour, responsible for managing the Ryder Cup on this side of the Atlantic, by virtue of its long militancy in the European Tour calendars and the support unconditional supplied over the years to the Tour itself.
We recall that he also applied for the 2023 edition, which was then awarded to our country. On that occasion, O'Brien stated: “From the outset, our Stadium Course was designed and built to host the world's major tournaments, and hosting the Ryder Cup would be the realization of that vision”.