Golf-Established course sends 2018 Ryder Cup to France





A golf ball.

Ryder Cup

Spain’s bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup may have gathered momentum with the death of Seve Ballesteros but this was overcome by France.

Le Golf National in Versailles won the right to host the Cup, making France the second European country to host the Cup after it was hosted in 1997 by Spain.

The course, which is located 20 miles outside Paris, had a major advantage over Madrid because it has been home to the French Open. However, Madrid’s bid which was based on courses that have yet to be built was boosted after the death of Spanish golf hero Ballesteros.

France however has an advantage as it has one of the world’s best courses which can accommodate up to 70,000 spectators.

“They have a first-class tournament venue already built, which can take it,” said George O’Grady, CEO of the European tour, after making the announcement at Wentworth.

“In these tough economic times we can see where we are going. We are leaving nothing to chance on building a new course.”

France won over other bids from other countries with courses still to be built including Portugal, Germany and Spain as well as Netherlands which was the only one with a completed course.

French bid chairman Pascal Grizot said it was a fantastic day for French golf.

“Having an existing course we thought it was an asset,” he said. “Having seen the other bids at first we thought not being able to build a resort around it might be a significant weakness but we found a solution.

“We had a very well-balanced bid and in the end the details are making the difference.”