In 2018 the Ryder Cup will be French for the first time in its history. The legendary golf tournament will be held from 25-30 September 2018 at the spectacular Golf National, just over 30km from the city centre, which is also host to the golf competition in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
City of Light and capital of romance, Paris is hosting the 42nd Ryder Cup between Europe and the visiting team from the United States. It’s the first time the Ryder Cup is being held on the fringe of a capital city, which, with Paris’ network of international airports, train stations and motorways, will make this probably the most easily accessed Ryder Cup in history.
What’s more, it will be the perfect opportunity to combine golf with a city break.
Paris is a perfect family destination with Disneyland Paris (where the 2018 Ryder Cup Junior will take place), the Parc Monceau, the Jardin des Plantes and park Asterix. Culture vultures can spend many contented hours in the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Pompidou Centre and the Musée du Quai Branly. Fashionistas and shopaholics will relish visiting the Cité de la Mode et du Design and the Yves Saint-Laurent museum. The Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, the Marais with its retro and vintage stores, and glittering department stores Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps should also all be top of your shopping list.
There are further attractions west of the city centre. Both 2018 Ryder Cup teams will be based at the renowned Hotel Trianon in nearby Versailles, which with its splendid UNESCO-listed chateau, is one of Europe’s most compelling tourist destinations. The chateau was commissioned by Louis XIV in the 17th century and is one of France’s most prominent historical and artistic treasures, set in beautiful gardens designed by André Le Nôtre.