Ryder Cup Rendezvous Dublin: The 2018 Ryder Cup is coming to France
- Paul McGinley is guest of honour at the Atout France special ‘Ryder Cup Rendezvous’ event in Dublin
- 600 golf courses in France ready to welcome Irish fans and golf travellers before, during and after the 2018 Ryder Cup
With less than a year to go until the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris (September 28th -30th, 2018), France is getting ready to stage one of sport’s most iconic events.
At an event in Dublin, attended by media and travel trade, Atout France marked the countdown to the 2018 Ryder Cup with a special luncheon event. The lunch was attended by H.E. Mr Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland and Paul McGinley, four-time winner of the Ryder Cup and the first Irish captain to lead the European team to victory, doing so in 2014.
Speaking at the event, Paul McGinley said, “The Ryder Cup is a very important part of the European Tour. I’ve no doubt that this is going to be the most successful Ryder Cup that we have ever had. We really are in store for something magnificent next year. Le Golf National is going to be a wonderful venue and it’s one that the European team know very well”.
The event also showcased France, next year’s host of the biennial match between Europe and the United States, as the perfect destination for international golfers before, during and after the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Gwénaëlle Maret-Delos, Managing Director of Atout France UK & Ireland, the France Tourism Development Agency, which hosted the Ryder Cup Rendezvous event, said: “There are 600 golf courses in France including some of the most beautiful courses in Europe. While France is the most visited country in the world, it remains less well known as a golf destination. The 2018 Ryder Cup, broadcasting from Le Golf National to the world, will no doubt encourage more golfers to choose France, our golf courses and, of course, our ‘après-golf’, for their golf holidays.”
In 2016, France welcomed 82.5 million international tourists, including 611,000 from Ireland via convenient ferry and air links. The forecast indicates that this will increase for 2017 and France is set for a record year. (source: DGE /Direction Générale des Enterprises)
Among the most popular golf regions for Irish golfers are Normandy, Brittany and Provence, as well as the Paris region. Le Golf National is just 21 miles from the centre of Paris.
Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Europe Director, said: “Le Golf National, Paris and France are ready for the Ryder Cup and will be wonderful hosts for the 42nd edition of this match, which has become one of the greatest sports events in the world.”
Le Golf National, France, will host the 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28th – 30th, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the trophy following defeat at Hazeltine National in the United States, last year. The team, under the captaincy of Thomas Bjørn, will be looking to extend their impressive home soil winning record, which stretches back to 1997.
About The Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup has become one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Every two years, 24 of the best players from Europe and the United States go head-to-head in match play competition. Drama, tension, incredible golf, camaraderie and sportsmanship are served in equal measure, captivating an audience of millions around the world. It’s an event that transcends sport, yet remains true to the spirit of its founder, Samuel Ryder, who instigated the first contest in 1927.
About Atout France
Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency, is responsible for promoting the development of the tourism industry, the country’s largest economic sector. Atout France’s primary mission is to monitor and analyse the supply and demand in the tourist market. Atout France is also committed to promoting destinations and tourism partners in and from France. This is achieved through marketing campaigns, online promotion, PR and working closely with the travel trade sector. Atout France is represented in the UK and Ireland from its office in London.
About Le Golf National
Le Golf National is Host Venue to The 2018 Ryder Cup. Featuring slick greens, vast undulating fairways dotted with water hazards and numerous links-style bunkers, the L’Albatros Championship course is ranked amongst the top 100 course in the world and is considered one of the best spectator experiences. It also hosts the HNA Open de France and Paris Legends Championship. The venue, which is the national golf centre and operated by the Fédération Française de Golf, also offers the 18-hole L’Aigle and the 9-hole L’Oiselet, a large modern clubhouse, golf shop, extensive practice facilities and an impressive golf school. The onsite Novotel hotel has 131 quiet, bright rooms, some with views of the famous last four holes of L’Albatros.
All year round, Brittany´s golf courses offer the very best. More than 40 carefully designed courses, suitable for all levels, can be found across the region nestled among spectacular scenery. Uncrowded greens, inexpensive fees and easy access combine to make the region a natural choice. The lure of a warm welcome and fine gastronomy should seal the deal.
About Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
With over 60 golf courses spreading across the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, the destination is well known and loved amongst golfers. Amateur and expert players alike will enjoy teeing off with panoramic views over the Alpes or the Mediterranean.
About Lafayette Travel
With a wealth of experience creating comprehensive sport packages, Lafayette Travel is bringing its expertise to The 2018 Ryder Cup creating comprehensive and A La Carte packages delivered to the highest standard. Lafayette Travel has also been an approved introducer of the hospitality packages for The 2018 Ryder Cup.
From the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel to the Alabaster coast, from Perche to the Seine valley, from the Cherbourg peninsula to the Pays d’Auge, there are more than 40 courses to challenge you. Pure Scottish style links, inland courses following the natural contours in the heart of hills or forests, greens and fairways overlooking the sea.
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