The Ryder Cup, one of the most prestigious events in the global golfing calendar, will take place from September 24 to September 26 this year, and is being held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Despite winning the most recent competition back in 2018, Team Europe are actually underdogs this time around at Ryder Cup odds of +180 with major bookmakers.
That means Team USA are favorites to lift the trophy this year and are priced at roughly -175 with most suppliers. This is despite the fact that the American team has not yet been determined – six will be determined by points earned, with the other six being chosen by Team USA captain Steve Stricker.
The European Team is made up of the first four players from the European Points List, the leading five players from the World Points List and Captain Padraig Harrington will complete the team with three captain’s picks.
The course at Whistling Straits is one of the finest in the US and across the world, and organisers are planning to have anywhere between 40,000 and 45,000 spectators in attendance for each day of the Ryder Cup.
For those flying in to attend the tournament, the nearest airport is Milwaukee Mitchell International, which is roughly an hour’s drive from Kohler. Mitchell International is well connected domestically, and it’s also possible to fly there directly from various locations in Europe.
Whistling Straits is slightly north of Kohler proper and sits on the Wisconsin coastline, just off of I-43. Parking is free at the course for anyone with Ryder Cup tickets.
Destination Kohler is the host of the Ryder Cup and provides a wide variety of room choices for those who want to stay there, though it is understandably quite pricey. The benefit is that you wouldn’t have to travel anywhere to watch the action and, as a resort, Destination Kohler has all of the amenities you’d need during your stay.
There’s also the option of staying in a local home that’s being rented out. There are plenty of ways to find properties that are available over the Ryder Cup weekend, many of which are a short distance from Whistling Straits and plenty are in the centre of Kohler.
You can also use the Rent Like A Champion service, which provides private home accommodations for golf events across the US, including the Ryder Cup. They help you pick out available homes to stay in either in Kohler or Sheboygan, making the process a lot easier for you.
Sheboygan also has numerous hotels and other types of accommodation for you to stay in, including the Blue Harbor hotel, which offers stunning views across Lake Michigan. There are also various camping sites and RV parks in the area.
The city has plenty to offer for activities, too. It makes full use of its waterfront location by offering fishing, sailing and even surfing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total beginner either, as they always have expert staff on hand to help.
There’s also the City Green, a designated green space within Sheboygan for people to meet and socialise. If you’re also hoping to do more than just watch golf, the city boasts a handful of world-class courses you can play on, all with beautiful views over the water.
If you want to get a look at the whole city, there are segway tours or Shebikin’ Pedal tours you can get involved with, which can make for a great day out.
For those who are happy to venture a little further afield, Green Bay – home to NFL franchise Green Bay Packers – isn’t much of a drive from Kohler and Sheboygan and is also well worth a visit.
Beside Lambeau Field (the Packers’ home stadium) itself, Green Bay has botanical gardens, museums, a zoo and dozens of restaurants and bars.
The Ryder Cup has been around for almost one hundred years and is truly an international event that attracts spectators from all across the world. It is held every two years and the location of the course alternates between the US and Europe each time.
Naturally, when the competition is held in the US – as it is this year – tens of thousands of Americans are in attendance to catch the action, but there are also many European fans who also make the trip.
The opposite is also true whenever the Ryder Cup is in Europe; many Americans fly over to whichever country it’s in to watch the golf live and in person.
This highlights the global appeal of this historic event, which typically features some of the best golfers in the world. This, coupled with the drama and excitement of an international series, makes the Ryder Cup must-see for most golf fans. Even for those travelling to Whistling Straits and the surrounding area from other countries, the process isn’t too strenuous and Kohler, Sheboygan and Green Bay all have plenty to offer visitors. Those attending this year’s Ryder Cup are in for a memorable weekend.