Spectators encouraged to consider Metra Service for transportation

Metra has added additional early-morning express non-stop departures from downtown Chicago's Union Station on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Medinah Station is a quick walk from the main Ryder Cup gate.

By PGA of America

MEDINAH, Ill. -- Golf fans planning to attend the 39th Ryder Cup, which will take place Sept. 25-30 at historic Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, can enjoy a hassle-free commute to golf's most patriotic and prestigious international team competition by utilizing Chicago Metra's Milwaukee District West Line, which is providing special train service during the week of the event.

"The electric fan experience is an important part of what makes the Ryder Cup such a special event, and we are pleased that our partners at Metra are offering an affordable and convenient way for our fans to travel to Medinah Country Club and witness world-class golf," said Michael Belot, Director of the 2012 Ryder Cup. "I would encourage every Ryder Cup fan to consider the Metra as a great option for making their way to Medinah."

A full Metra schedule for transportation to the Ryder Cup can be found in PDF form at RyderCup.com.

Additional Metra early morning Express Non-Stop departures have been added from downtown Chicago's Union Station on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Ryder Cup week to ensure arrival by first golf matches of the day.

Fans who can conveniently access a Metra station will have the option to "park & ride" from the station nearest to them. On weekdays, limited daily parking is available at stations along the line, and regular parking rates will apply. On the weekend, plenty of parking is available, plus fans can take advantage of Metra's $7 Weekend Pass, which is good for both Saturday and Sunday.

Train fares on based on the zone fans will be riding to and from Medinah. Tickets should be purchased in advance at ticket offices. A one-way cash fare can be purchased on the train. However, if an agent is on duty when an individual boards, the conductor will charge an additional $3.

About the 2012 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 85 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.