Ryder Cup 2014

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Jules Pearson

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

GolfFor golf fans - or at least those who live in Europe or the USA - competitions don’t come bigger than the Ryder Cup. Anyone who witnessed the drama of the 2012 contest will testify that such excitement is simply unrivalled in the sport. Known as either the Miracle or the Meltdown at Medinah - depending on which side of the continental divide you fall on - an Ian Poulter-inspired Europe made history by turning over a 10-6 deficit to retain their title on the final day of play. 

After the pure theatre of Illinois, any future tournaments have a lot to live up to: in 2014, Scotland has been charged with the task of hosting a hopefully memorable event for the first time since 1973. The famed Gleneagles Hotel will provide the backdrop - it’s arguably the finest course in the country, after all, set amidst the beautiful green Perthshire landscape. Fans from all over the world will clamour to get a glimpse of their heroes that September, so booking your trip well in advance would be a prudent move. HomeAway plenty of Ryder Cup 2014 accommodation, ranging from luxurious to basic, depending on your needs. Before you pore over accommodation, though, read on for our quick guide to the event. 


Ryder Cup 2014: all you need to know


History of the Ryder Cup History of the Ryder Cup

For nigh on 90 years, golf fans have been enthralled by the Ryder Cup; but the inaugural tournament in 1927 was not quite as we know it today. The event in Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts was contested between only the USA and Great Britain - a format that remained until 1979. Such was the American dominance that the parameters were extended to include the whole of Europe, with a surge of Spanish players, such as the late Seve Ballesteros, spearheading the rejuvenated format. Since then, Europe have enjoyed the lion’s share of victories, enjoying ten compared to just six triumphs by their opponents. 2014's event gets under way from Tuesday, 23rd of September, concluding on Sunday, the 28th.

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Perthshire Accommodation in Perthshire for Ryder Cup 2014

Of course, the main action will be focused on the Gleneagles Hotel; but unless you have an exceptionally good handicap, you shouldn’t expect to snare yourself a room there! Thankfully, the surrounding area is similarly resplendent, and you can retire from the chaos of the crowds at the end of each day’s play. The city of Perth is scenic and historically significant: Scotland’s ancient capital, it is home to Scone Palace, where kings and queens were crowned centuries ago. The small town of Crieff is more tranquil if you prefer some peace and quiet after the golf, but if you do stay there, do make a point of embarking on a tour of the Famous Grouse distillery. And if the famously biting Scottish cold sets in, you might just need a wee dram to warm your boots! 

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Edinburgh Accommodation in Edinburgh for Ryder Cup 2014

A mere hour away from Gleneagles lies the capital city, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect base following a day of sporting drama. Regularly touted by critics, backpackers and, well, just about everyone as one of the greatest tourist cities in the world, Edinburgh is a mesmeric blend of culture, scenery and history. Strolling the length of the Royal Mile’s cobbled streets, towards the castle-dominated skyline, is akin to striding back through time: as is the guided tour that reveals the extent of the city’s macabre past... 

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StirlingAccommodation in Stirling for Ryder Cup 2014

Like a smaller, less rambunctious version of Edinburgh, Stirling is a beautiful and fascinating town located just south of Gleneagles. Again the historic castle looms proudly over the remainder of the town, as does the towering Wallace Monument that commemorates the infamous Scottish freedom fighter. The site of Wallace’s finest hour, the Battle of Stirling Bridge, provides an intriguing chance to gain some insight into the Wars of Scottish Independence; as does Bannockburn on the outskirts of town. If the kids are in tow, they’ll love Blair Drummond Safari Park, a comprehensive animal kingdom just a few short miles away.

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Fife Accommodation in Fife for Ryder Cup 2014


One of the great things about Scotland is its minute scale: landmarks, cities, towns, castles - all sites of interest, historic or otherwise, are located comparatively close by, easily accessible via car or public transport. That in mind, why not venture slightly further afield and set up camp in one of the country’s most beautiful regions? The coastal areas of Fife in particular are renowned for their natural charm, not least the Royal Burgh of St Andrews in the east. A little closer to the tournament is Dunfermline, a historical hotbed at the northern point of the iconic Forth Bridge. Of course, your golf holiday wouldn’t be complete without playing a round or two: Fife has 40 courses to choose from, so we’re sure your clubs won’t be tucked in your bag for long.


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Main theme image from Flickr, myophoto: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oc_rawlings/
Ryder cup history image from Flickr, danperry.com, http://www.flickr.com/photos/golf_pictures/
Stirling image from Flickr, Yashima, http://www.flickr.com/photos/yashima/

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