Snow covered the Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort in January but come October, it will be a very different scene. (Photo: Phil Inglis Photography)
Practice Day tickets for 2010 Ryder Cup available now
From January 18, anyone applying through the official Ryder Cup ticket web site will be able to purchase up to eight tickets per application for the three Practice Days at The Celtic Manor Resort.
Golf enthusiasts will be afforded an unprecedented opportunity to experience the anticipation and excitement of the build-up to The 2010 Ryder Cup later this year by buying Practice Day tickets immediately.
From January 18, anyone applying through the official ticket web site will be able to book their places at The Ryder Cup by purchasing up to eight tickets per application for the three Practice Days at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales, on September 28, 29 and 30.
The purchase of those Practice Day tickets will not affect other applications which individuals may have made for Match Day Tickets in the second computerised random ticket ballot draw to take place at the end of April, 2010, but will allow all those attending the practice days to firm up their travel plans NOW.
Practice Day tickets enable golf fans an opportunity to study the superstars of Europe and the United States as the build-up gathers momentum for the drama and theatre of the biennial contest over The Twenty Ten Course from October 1-3.
Captains Colin Montgomerie (Europe) and Corey Pavin (United States) will be eager to monitor the form of their Team Members as they seek to determine who to send out first on Friday October 1 when the next edition of this enthralling contest starts.
Entry to The Celtic Manor Resort will provide every ticket holder with the chance to soak up the stunning views afforded by The Twenty Ten Course while watching the practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the additional bonus of witnessing first-hand the Opening Ceremony on Thursday.
With that comes a not-to-be-missed opportunity to sample the Official Ryder Cup Merchandise on sale in the Tented Village, to trip down memory lane by visiting The Ryder Cup Memorabilia Exhibition and to marvel at the skills of golfing trick shot exponent, David Edwards -- all in all, an unforgettable experience.
Practice Day Tickets for Tuesday (September 28) and Wednesday (September 29) cost £30 each -- on these two days there is also a special concession for Under 16's with tickets priced at £15 -- and for Thursday when the Opening Ceremony takes place, the price is £40 (concessions £20). Car parking costs £10 per car on Tuesday and Wednesday and £20 on Thursday.
Richard Hills, the European Ryder Cup Director, said: "This opportunity to buy Practice Day tickets with immediate effect, irrespective of the outcome of the random ticket ballot in the Spring, represents a wonderful chance for the golfing public to savour the electric atmosphere of the three-day build-up to The 2010 Ryder Cup.
"Practice Day tickets not only afford spectators the fantastic experience of visiting the greatest team event in golf but also the opportunity to get close and personal to the players, walk the first course in history built to host The Ryder Cup, enjoy some ‘retail therapy' and generally become immersed in the colour of the event."