2008 Venue

2008 Ryder Cup Golf Venue Valhalla

\"RyderThe venue for the 2008 Ryder Cup is the Valhalla Golf course in Louisville, Kentucky.

Norse mythology has it that Valhalla means the Great Hall of Odin, where only the bravest of warriors, who had been killed in battle lived forever. Each morning they marched off to do battle with their great foes and each evening they returned home, they had their wounds dressed, they drank the finest of wine and ate the finest of food. They spoke and listened to each other about their tales of great valor. How apt a setting for the 37th Ryder Cup, that takes place at the magnificent Valhalla Golf course in Louisville, Kentucky.

Of course, Louisville, Kentucky was put on the international sporting map some years before the Golf Course rose to fame and all its subsequent acclaim. Louisville was the home of the mercurial Mohammed Ali, arguably the greatest heavyweight of all time. His inspiring fighting legacy might be the exact filip the USA Ryder Cup Team will need if they are going to wrestle the trophy off the Europeans.

The course itself is one of the most prestigious in America. The 7545 yard course has a Par of 72, with many of the holes having their own natural amphitheatre\'s. It has been home to two United States PGA Championships and is designed to attract huge crowds.

Valhalla testing greens features a variety of challenging hole locations, and the Kentucky blue grass rough will encourage the Golfers to drive straight. The shallow creek that sits perched in the region of the back nine holes could easily come into play on four of these holes.

This will be a real test for the European Ryder Cup Team who come to the USA having held the Ryder Cup for eight years

Interestingly the course record at Valhlla is held by European Ryder Cup Star, Jose Maria Olazabal, who carded a 63 here in 2000