With the Ryder Cup less than two weeks away, local hospitality professionals are getting ready to host the thousands of visitors the event will bring to the city.
With more than 40 thousand spectators expected to visit Valhalla Golf Club every day for five days, nearly every hotel in Louisville is booked to capacity. To accommodate extra visitors, the city’s convention and visitors bureau has coordinated with other cities to book hotel rooms within 60 miles of Louisville.
Tournament Director Tara Guenthner says hotel space has been more of a challenge in Louisville than in other host cities.
“In more recent times we’ve gone to more major metropolitan cities. Boston and Detroit have lots of hotel rooms right around where the golf course is taking place,” says Guenthner. “So that’s a little bit different here but I don’t think that’s a negative.”
The Ryder Cup international golf competition will be held September 16th through 21st at Valhalla.