We at Barcelona Golf are delighted to announce that PGA Golf de Catalunya has been
chosen as candidate to represent Spain as candidate for the Ryder Cup in 2022.
Real Federación Española de Golf, along with Generalitat de Catalunya and other
public Spanish and Catalan stakeholders, have announced their intention to bid to
bring The 2022 Ryder Cup, the golf biggest confrontation between Europe and United
States that will take place, if elected, at PGA Catalunya Resort (Girona), recently
awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2015.
The Real Federación Española de Golf is working hardly with stakeholders from across
Spain and Catalunya, including the Sports Council of Spain (CSD), Generalitat de
Catalunya, PGA Catalunya Resort, Diputación de Barcelona, Diputación de Girona,
Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona, City of Barcelona, City of Girona, City of
Caldes de Malavella and the Federación Catalana de Golf, to elaborate the bid dossier
for the European Tour Selection Committee before April 30th, 2015.
Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the Real Federación Española de Golf said: “Few
countries in the world have contributed as much to the development and promotion of
European golf as Spain has over the last 30 years. Bringing The Ryder Cup to Spain is a
central part of our strategy and will continue our proud PGA European Tour heritage.
The Ryder Cup’s power to drive participation amongst new players and showcase our
world class courses across the globe is unique. We are delighted to have received so
much committed support from stakeholders and we look forward to submitting a
compelling bid to the European Tour.”
Iván Tibau, Secretary General for Sport, Generalitat de Catalunya said; “The world
cities of Barcelona and Girona will be the gateways for golf fans from across the globe
to experience the world leading cultural attractions, hospitality and landscape of the
region. We have a world class venue, established infrastructure and an unparalleled
track record of delivering the world’s largest events. We should be very confident in
our credentials and our ability to meet all of the requirements of a modern Ryder Cup.
All of our regional partners recognise the wide ranging benefits that The Ryder Cup
will bring to the region – our bid committee is unified in their commitment to bring The
2022 Ryder Cup to Catalunya.”
Denis O’Brien, PGA Catalunya Resort proprietor, said, From its inception, the Stadium
Course was designed and built with the intention to one day host The Ryder Cup.
Hosting the 2022 match would be the realisation of this vision. We have worked
extremely hard and invested significantly in recent years to make PGA Catalunya
Resort unique. It is much more than a golf resort; it is a global golf destination. We
have plans to further develop our courses and luxury property offering to introduce to
the world the next generation of golf resort. This bid has our full commitment.”
Readily accessible from the world renowned cities of Barcelona and Girona, the PGA
Catalunya Resort has been voted Spain’s No. 1 golf course for 3 consecutive years and
was recently awarded the title of European Golf Resort of the Year 2015 by the
International Association of Golf Tour Operators.
Barcelona and Girona are connected by a high speed rail line, transporting passengers
between the two cities in just 37 minutes.
The beaches and holiday resorts of the Costa Brava are a short 25 minutes drive from
Catalunya has an extensive track record of hosting the world’s largest events. In the
last 12 months, the region has hosted Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix, golf’s Open de
España, MotoGP, the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the FINA World Championships.
About The Ryder Cup
The 2022 Ryder Cup will be the XLIV edition of this biennial competition –started in
1927- between teams from Europe and the United States. Until 1979 there were only
British golfers in the European Team, and from then, continental European golfers
were included in the team.
Since then, nine edition of The Ryder Cup have been played in United States, five in
England, one in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and another one in Spain (Valderrama 1997).
Next Ryder Cup will take place in Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota,
USA), 2016; Le Golf National (París, Francia), 2018; Whistling Straits (Kohler, Wisconsin,
Six nations remain in the running to host The 2022 Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup Europe can announce that six nations have formally confirmed their
intention to submit a Bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup. From the list of seven nations who
initially expressed an interest in hosting what will be the 44th staging of the biennial
contest between Europe and the United States, Denmark has advised of its intention
not to proceed with a formal Bid leaving Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and
Turkey still in the running. Turkey’s formal notification to bid was accepted by Ryder
Cup officials and supersedes their earlier decision to withdraw.
Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, said: “The Ryder Cup bidding process has a number of
important milestones and we very much look forward to working with the six bidding
nations, their representatives, and their national golf federations, in developing the
specifics of their respective 2022 bids.
“The key criteria we have in place ensure we evaluate each bid equally on both its
sporting and commercial merits, while allowing us to judge each bid fairly and
Having already taken delivery of an official information pack, the six bidding nations
will prepare to host a series of meetings and inspection visits by Ryder Cup Europe
officials between now and Thursday April 30, 2015, which is the date that formal
submission of official bids need to be made.
Following the series of inspections, a period of detailed analysis of each bid by a
management team working on behalf of Ryder Cup Europe – together with the
assistance of an independent panel of experts – will be undertaken, with the
announcement of the successful host country and venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup
planned for autumn 2015.