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Welcome from Ryder Cup Limited

There is no doubt that the 2018 Ryder Cup will be memorable and dramatic and enjoyed by thousands of golf fans.

Le Golf National is a truly outstanding golf course, providing excellent spectator viewing and the promise of matches with spectacular climaxes. Transportation, logistical and infrastructure plans are also‚Ä® of the highest quality.

The backing of the fans is crucial and that support will once again be vital in the autumn of 2018.

On behalf of Ryder Cup Europe, I am delighted you are considering booking your travel and accommodation with Ryder Cup Travel Services.

I know they will look after you superbly and make sure you have a most enjoyable visit to France. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Le Golf National.

Richard Hills European Ryder Cup Director

THE 42ND RYDER CUP

The Ryder Cup is being played in France for the first time in its 91-year history. The spectacular Le Golf National course, near Paris, hosts the event in 2018. The L'Albratros course offers some of the finest spectator views in world golf.

It means the crowds will be at the heart of the action when Europe face the United States in their biennial showdown between Friday, September 28 and Sunday, September 30.

It will only the second time the Ryder Cup has been played in mainland Europe. The first was in 1997 when the late Seve Ballesteros captained Europe to a narrow victory at Valderrama in Spain.

In 2018, Europe will be captained by Denmark's Thomas Bjorn - the US by Jim Furyk, both of whom made their Ryder Cup debuts back in 1997.

Their teams will comprise the finest golfers in the world competing in one of sport's greatest team events. The likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth fighting out the 42nd edition in front of the huge galleries.

Europe will be keen to regain the Cup after their three-match winning streak was ended abruptly at Hazeltine, Minneapolis, in 2016.

Organisers are confident the tournament will boost development of golf in France and one of the key figures behind their successful campaign was French professional Jean van der Velde. He said:

"Our course is phenomenal. It was built with the vision that it could one day host the Ryder Cup and that is now a reality."

"It has a very linksy feel but at the same time it's a little like a course in the United States where you have to hit the ball over water a lot."

"It's definitely a course where you need a lot of shots in your bag. Over the last four holes you can have 100,000 spectators watching. It'll provide a great finish for great drama."

Lee Westwood rates Le Golf National as "the best course in Europe" while Jose Maria Olazabal describes it as "one of the best I've played." Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell has predicted "we may have one of the greatest Ryder Cup venues in European golf history in 2018."