This year’s Ryder Cup is scheduled to be held at Gleneagles, Perthshire in late September. Now this is a great excuse to visit one of the most beautiful and dramatic golf courses in the world (as if one was needed) and to build some wonderful walks into your itinerary as well as the golf.
Of course, it’s going to be more or less impossible for the golf to match up to last year’s Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club, Illinois which has surely to go down as the single most thrilling ever thanks to Europe’s amazing comeback on the last day.
The bookmakers make next year’s event too close to call as things stand. If you look at a site without a bookmaker, like Betfair for example, the Americans are slightly better than even money, the Europeans slightly odds on – with the tie at around 10-1 (which would mean Europe would retain the cup of course).
With Betfair.com, the golf odds tend to be slightly better because it’s simply an exchange, with “buyers” and “sellers” and no bookie involved.
Whatever happens, it’s always a thrilling event and there’s surely no more dramatic a place to host it than Gleneagles. The golf course is at the Gleneagles Hotel, but the surrounding countryside is a walker’s paradise – and particularly at this time of year. The late summer / early autumn is possibly the most dramatic time of all to see the surrounding dramatic countryside just as the colours are beginning to change a little, but the days are still warm.
There are a variety of autumnal walks around Gleneagles to choose from. Just make sure that if your love of golf is matched by your love of walking and countryside – to build sufficient time in for the latter; because you surely won’t regret it.