Which Course Has Hosted The Most Ryder Cups?

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In this piece Matt Cradock takes a look at which course has hosted the most Ryder Cup matches.

Which Course Has Hosted The Most Ryder Cups?

The Ryder Cup first started way back in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts; but which course has hosted the event the most times? We take a look below.

4 – The Belfry (1985, 1989, 1993, 2002)

The Belfry, situated in Warwickshire, has hosted the event a total of four times, with three of those coming consecutively from 1985 to 1993. Its last outing was in 2002.

It proved to be a happy hunting ground for the European side, with victory coming three times, the only defeat coming in 1993 when Tom Watson got the better of Bernard Gallagher.

The event is always held on the Brabazon Course which has several recognisable holes like the par-4 drivable 10th and the incredibly difficult par-4 18th.

The drivable par-4 10th at The Belfry (Getty Images)

2 – Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club – (1933, 1937)

Royal Lytham & St Annes  – (1961, 1977)

Royal Birkdale – (1965, 1969)

There are three course that have hosted the Ryder Cup twice.

Southport and Ainsdale staged the event in 1933, with the European team picking up their second victory over the Americans. However, in 1937, they would lose on the same turf.

Unfortunately for Europe, the two Lancashire based courses, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Birkdale also hosted the event twice each, with Team USA victorious on all four occasions.

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The 18th at Royal Lytham & St Annes (Getty Images)

As well as the courses listed above, there have also been a whole host of courses that have provided the battle ground for the event. Below is the full list of Ryder Cup venues.

Ryder Cup Venues

Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts – 1927

Moortown Golf Club, Yorkshire, England – 1929

Scioto Golf Club, Ohio – 1931

Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club, Lancashire, England – 1933, 1937

Ridgewood Country club, New Jersey – 1935

Portland Golf Club, Oregon – 1947

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Ganton Golf Club hosted the Ryder Cup in 1949 (Getty Images)

Ganton Golf Club, Yorkshire, England – 1949

Pinehurst No. 2, North Carolina – 1951

Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey, England – 1953

Thunderbird Country Club, California – 1955

Lindrick Golf Club, West Riding of Yorkshire, England – 1957

Eldorado Golf Club, California – 1959

Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire, England – 1961, 1977

Atlanta Athletic Club, Georgia – 1963

Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, England – 1965, 1969

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The 11th at Royal Birkdale (Getty Images)

Champions Golf Club, Texas – 1967

Old Watson Country Club, Missouri – 1971

Muirfield, East Lothian, Scotland – 1973

Laurel Valley Golf Club, Pennsylvania – 1975

The Greenbrier, West Virginia – 1979

Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England – 1981

PGA National Golf Club, Florida – 1983

The Belfry, Warwickshire, England – 1985, 1989, 1993, 2002

Ryder Cup Hosts

Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance at the 34th Ryder Cup at The Belfry. (Photo credit JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)

Muirfield Village, Ohio – 1987

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina – 1991

Oak Hill Country Club, New York – 1995

Valderrama, Andalucía, Spain – 1997

The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts – 1999

Oakland Hills, Michigan – 2004

K Club, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland – 2006

Valhalla Golf Club, Kentucky – 2008

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Valhalla, the host of the 2008 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)

Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales – 2010

Medinah Country Club, Illinois – 2012

Gleneagles, Perth and Kinross, Scotland – 2014

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota – 2016

Le Golf National, Paris, France – 2018

Whistling Straits, Wisconsin – 2021

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