With 2016 now upon us we thought we’d kick off The UK Golf Course Guide’s blog with a look forward at what 2016 is going to have on offer for us throughout the golfing calendar.\r\n\r\nIt goes without saying that we’ll have the four golfing majors to look forward to with great anticipation as we do every year. We’ve also the great spectacle of the Ryder Cup to once again enthral us, can the European team keep its recent success going or will the Americans have re-grouped from the fall out of 2014 and galvanised themselves into a formidable and coherent team?\r\n\r\nThe women’s tour sees the US Open played at the secluded luxury CordeValle Resort in California. 2015 winner, and at the time relatively unknown, Gee Chun, who catapulted herself to the top leaderboard in 2015 on the last day with four birdies in six holes on the back nine will be looking to defend her title. The Women’s British Open is this year hosted at the Woburn Golf & Country Club where Inbee Park, who completed her career grand slam with victory at Turnberry’s Alisa course in 2015 will once again be among the favourites to retain her title along with current world number one Lydia Ko.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile the Seniors will take the likes of Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Fred Couples head-to-head at the European Tours Senior Open at Carnoustie, Scotland and at the US Senior Open at Scioto Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.\r\n
\r\nAs the major’s tradition states we start in April at the immaculate Augusta National Golf Club following the world’s greatest players through Amen corner, amongst the tantalizingly beautiful pine trees and the majestically pruned pine needles lying underneath them.\r\n\r\nIn June the focus is once again back in the United States for the US Open which this year returns to Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania for the ninth time. With 210 deep bunkers, hard, slick greens which slope away from the players and its tight fairways it’s no wonder that the course is considered one of, if not the most, difficult course in North America.\r\n\r\nEarly July sees the 145th Open Championship played at Royal Troon. The links test brings a unique challenge to the only major to be played outside of the United States. With its glittering history, romance and prestige, as the oldest of the majors, perhaps the Claret Jug is, for the purest golfers amongst us, the most prized major of them all.\r\n\r\nThe last of the 2016 majors quickly follows the Open Championship. With only a week or so gap, the players return to the United States to complete for the PGA Championship on the Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course. Described by none other than the legendary Jack Nicklaus as “…among my favourite courses – it is certainly one of the finest in the world.” The final major of the year is sure to be a great spectacle on what is now a proven championship course.\r\n
\r\nLate September sees the golfing world focus on Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota as the unique and ever entertaining Ryder Cup brings European and USA teams head to head once again. The crowds will be out in force around the rolling hills, mature woods and picturesque lakes waving a sea of flags and pushing on their respective teams with the usual vocal encouragement not usually seen at golfing events. The 41st Ryder Cup is certain to be one of the 2016 golfing calendar’s highlights and the result will no doubt ebb and flow over the various days keeping us all on the edge of our seats.\r\n
\r\nJuly 2016 promises to be the month which defines the Women’s year with the US Women’s Open played from the 4th to the 10th of July and then quickly followed by the Women’s British Open from the 28th to the 31st July.\r\n\r\nThe luxury and secluded CordeValle Resort, set amongst the meandering creeks, sycamore trees, canyons and broad meadows of the Californian wine country plays host to the US Women’s Open whilst Woburn Golf Club hosts the Women’s British Open.\r\n
\r\nLast but not least to pick out from the headline tournaments is the Seniors Tour where fans will be able to see some of the greats from game such as Sir Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and Arnold Palmer amongst many more illustrious names from the past.\r\n\r\nOf note, the European Tour Senior Open will this year be played at Carnoustie Golf Link in Scotland between July 21st and 24th and the US Senior Open will be competed for at the Scioto Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio between the 8th and 14th of August.\r\n\r\nThese are just a small selection of some of the key golfing occasions we have to look forward to during 2016. There are many other fascinating tours and championships to follow throughout Europe and across the globe as well so keep your eyes on our blog for more to follow!
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