Following Europe’s nail-biting victory at Medinah in 2012, the biennial Ryder Cup returns this autumn (23-28 September) to a grand dame of a location most befitting the tournament, Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. This is the first time since 1973 that the competition has been hosted in Scotland, which makes the stakes even higher for Europe (we're currently holding the title).
As one of the finest sporting events of the year, it may come as little surprise to hear that all tickets are already sold out. However events that are actually better suited to young children (who might not be thrilled at all the standing around and being quiet) do still have availability. There’s practice days from 23 to 25 September, where you can soak up the atmosphere and tension between the Europe and USA teams as they walk the PGA Championship course (£35 for adults and £10 for children).
The Junior Ryder Cup might pique the interest in your children too, and who knows, maybe inspire a new career path for them. This runs from 22 to 23 September at Blairgowrie Golf Club, also in Perthshire. The teams consist of boys and girls under the age of 18. Even if you don’t manage to get tickets, there will be a fun buzz around the hotel, which is brilliantly set up for children with an adventure playground, horse riding, shooting, off-road driving and falconry.
More information: VisitScotland