The first tee at the Ryder Cup is one of golf’s most iconic experiences and the unique atmosphere is set to intensify this year with the largest grandstand ever seen at the biennial contest.
These images offer the first look at the spectacular structure which will overlook the opening tee shot at Le Golf National, host venue for the match between Europe and the United States this September.
The imposing grandstand, which will also provide fans with a view of the 18th green, will feature more than 6,500 seats as well as standing room for a further 150 fans.
The number dwarfs the 2,148 seats at Gleneagles in 2014, or the 1,668 fans at Hazeltine National two years ago, meaning the nearly three times as many fans will be able to soak up the unrivalled first tee experience.
“The Ryder Cup is one of most popular and premiere sporting events around,” said Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson. “Every two years we look to bring something new to the event on-site and reward the hundreds of thousands of fans who travel to support the teams
“The first tee is major part of that focus and we’re very excited to introduce fans to what will be the biggest single grandstand ever seen at the Ryder Cup. There’s no doubt the atmosphere will be incredible.”
Work on the grandstand will start after this year’s HNA Open de France in July – the third of eight Rolex Series events on the European Tour in 2018 - and should be completed by the end of August, four weeks ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup.
It’s safe to say this year’s first tee experience will be one not to be missed.