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Access to The Ryder Cup Matches

All patrons, regardless of age, must display an admission ticket or badge at all times.

Admission Policy

There will be no daily re-admission to the grounds of The Ryder Cup Matches. If you leave the grounds, you must have a full ticket to return to The Ryder Cup Matches. Once the bottom of the ticket has been removed, it will no longer provide admission to The Ryder Cup Matches (except when the weather warning signs are posted).

Tickets will be required for admission into The Ryder Cup Matches. Please wear your ticket in plain view at all times as security personnel will not allow admission to The Ryder Cup Matches for individuals without appropriate credentials. The PGA of America and Oakland Hills Country Club are not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

The Grounds Ticket

The Grounds Ticket provides access to the grounds of The 35th Ryder Cup Matches for the day indicated on the ticket only. Thursday Grounds Tickets include access to the Opening Ceremonies to be held on the Practice Range at Oakland Hills Country Club the afternoon of September 16. Sunday Grounds Tickets include access to the Closing Ceremonies to be held at the Practice Range at Oakland Hills Country Club after play on September 19. The Grounds Ticket will also provide access to the Ryder Cup Golf Shop and the Ryder Cup Marketplace at Oakland Hills Country Club. Beverage stands and concession stands will be located throughout the course for use by all Ryder Cup spectators.

The International Pavilion Ticket

The International Pavilion Ticket provides access to the grounds, as well as admission to the two International Pavilions. These 20,000 square foot, climate-controlled pavilions are located on the North Course. Elaborate décor, big-screen televisions, upscale food and beverage, sun patios, scoring monitors and a lively atmosphere, unique to the International Pavilion, make this the place to see and be seen during Ryder Cup Week! Thursday International Pavilion Tickets include access to the Opening Ceremonies and Sunday International Pavilion Tickets include access to the Closing Ceremonies; both to be held on the Practice Range at Oakland Hills Country Club the afternoons of September 16 and September 19.

The PGA Member Ticket

The PGA Member Ticket provides access to the grounds, as well as admission to the PGA Member Facility, located on the north side of Maple Road by the spectator bridge and the Gilbert Lake Road walk-in entrance.

The Champions Club Ticket

The Champions Club Ticket provides access to the grounds, as well as admission to the specific Champions Club indicated on the ticket. There are three Champions Clubs at the Ryder Cup Matches. Each is created so that local, national and international companies can entertain their clients at this distinguished event. Champions Club guests will enjoy delicious lunch buffets and afternoon hors d'oeuvres. A premium bar, elegant décor and exceptional service will make each Champions Club a wonderful place to be entertained.

Champions Clubs are located in the following areas:

  • Champions Club 2 (T2) Hole 2
  • Champions Club 4 (T4) Hole 4
  • Champions Club 16 (T16) Hole 16

The Corporate Village Ticket

The Corporate Village Ticket provides access to the grounds, as well as admission to the corporate chalet listed on the ticket. In addition, Corporate Village Ticket holders will have access to the thoroughfare or common areas of all five Corporate Villages. The Corporate Villages, home to individual hospitality chalets, are located in five different areas on the Ryder Cup site. Companies from within the Detroit Metro Area and from around the world will entertain guests each day of The Ryder Cup Matches in the luxury of their private hospitality chalets. Fully decorated in their own unique way, each chalet will be equipped to entertain their guests by providing breakfast and lunch buffets, a full premium bar, afternoon hors d�oeuvres, television monitors, Ryder Cup scoring systems and much more.

Corporate Hospitality Villages are located in the following areas:

Corporate Village Locations
  • Jacklin Village Player left of Hole 1
  • Ross Village Behind the Green of Hole 3
  • Palmer Village Player left of Hole 10 and 11
  • Nicklaus Village Player left of Hole 16
  • Hogan Village Player left of Hole 18

Entrance Gates

Entrance gates to The Ryder Cup Matches can be found in the following areas:

  • Main Spectator Entrance (shuttle access only)
  • Clubhouse Spectator Entrance (shuttle access only)
  • Red Maple Lane Walk-In Entrance
  • Gilbert Lake Road Walk-In Entrance

The Opening Ceremonies

The Opening Ceremonies will be held at The Ryder Cup Practice Range at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2004. This formal ceremony marks the official opening of The 35th Ryder Cup Matches and will feature live music and an international display of anthems and flags. The Ryder Cup Practice Range will close to players at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. Players will have the option to practice on #4 tee of the South Course until 4:00 p.m.

The Closing Ceremonies

The Closing Ceremonies will begin approximately 30 minutes following the close of play on Sunday, September 19, 2004. This 30-minute ceremony will honor the winning team, includes the presentation of the trophy to the winning Team Captain and marks the close of The 35th Ryder Cup Matches.

Average Temperatures & Sunrise/Sunset Times

Average temperatures in the Detroit Metro area for mid-September range from a high of 73 degrees to a low of 53 degrees. It is important to dress appropriately for the weather. Sunrise is at 7:15 a.m. and sunset is at 7:38 p.m.

Autograph Policy

The event and players respectfully request no solicitation of player autographs throughout Ryder Cup Week.

Camera Policy

Cameras are only allowed on-site for the Practice Rounds, Tuesday, September 14, through Thursday, September 16, 2004. Cameras are not permitted during The Matches, Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19, 2004.

Suggestions for Spectators

  • Car pool whenever possible.
  • Remember where your car is parked.
  • Cameras are only allowed on-site for the Practice Rounds, Tuesday, September 14 through Thursday, September 16, 2004.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Spectators may bring their own bottled water.
  • Wear a hat for protection from the sun and use suntan lotion or sunblock.
  • Familiarize yourself with the three First Aid Stations located on site (see fold-out course map at the back of the printed spectator's guide).
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Stay behind the gallery ropes and cooperate with the marshals.
  • Kneel or sit down if you are in the front rows.
  • Remain still throughout each shot and do not move until all players in the group have played or holed out.
  • Walk carefully, never run.
  • Display your ticket or badge conspicuously at all times.
  • For a grandstand seat, plan to arrive early.
  • Bring a rain jacket or poncho.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Designate a place to meet if you get separated from your
  • companions and/or children.

Outdoor Video Boards

Nine Outdoor Video Boards (large screen televisions) will be located at The Ryder Cup Matches. Each will project live coverage of The 2004 Ryder Cup Matches. The audio portion of this telecast can be heard by using an official Ryder Cup radio. Please see the course map on the back page for these Video Board locations.

Official Ryder Cup Radios

Specially programmed radios will be available for purchase at The Ryder Cup Matches. These radios will broadcast the audio portion of the televised feed from the Outdoor Video Boards. Additionally, live play-by-play radio commentary will be called throughout the competition (Friday through Sunday) by the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) on a separate channel. The Ryder Cup Radios can be purchased for $10 each at the following locations:

  • Ryder Cup Golf Shop
  • Corporate/Media/Official Entrance
  • Red Maple Lane Walk-In Entrance
  • Gilbert Lake Road Walk-In Entrance
  • International Pavilion
  • Ryder Cup Marketplace

Assumption of Risk

Patrons assume all risk of personal injury and property loss or damage, and all risk and danger incidental to the game of golf, inclusive of but not limited to, the risk of being struck by a mis-directed golf shot, and release The PGA of America, PGA Tournament Corporation, Oakland Hills Country Club, participating players, caddies and respective officers, directors, employees, agents, members, affiliates and their spouses from any and all liability from any such cause.

Cancellation Policy

In the event a Practice Round or Ryder Cup Match Round is cancelled, tickets are valid only for dates on the tickets. The PGA of America and Oakland Hills Country Club reserve the right to close the course because of adverse weather conditions or for other safety reasons. No refunds, rain checks, exchanges or replacements will be made. If necessary, play will be extended to Monday, September 20 to conclude The Matches.

Prohibited Items

The following items will not be permitted on the grounds of Oakland Hills Country Club:

All personal electronics, to include cellular telephones, pagers, radios (Ryder Cup radios permitted), televisions, palm pilots, hand-held games, MP3 players, etc. Alcoholic beverages, food, bikes, coolers, ladders, signs, banners and spiked golf shoes.

Weapons will not be allowed, regardless of permit. Spectators may bring small portable/folding chairs to The Ryder Cup Matches, however, oversized chairs with wide arm rests are not allowed.

Cameras are only allowed during practice rounds, Tuesday, September 14 through Thursday, September 16, 2004. Cameras are not permitted at Oakland Hills Country Club Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19, 2004.

If a spectator brings any of the above items to the event, he/she will not be permitted access to The Ryder Cup Matches. The Ryder Cup Matches will not provide a storage space for these items.