Ryder Cup 2012 captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal are happy with they saw at Medinah Country Club, the host of next year’s team event.
The pair were visiting Medinah Country Club in Illinois to mark the one-year countdown to the Ryder Cup next year, but were not able to play the course because of bad weather.
They were able to go out and have a look at the course though, and were satisfied with the venue.
"I cannot imagine a better host for this event," Olazabal said. "It's a traditional, tree-lined course, and I think the changes you've done to the 15th hole, I think last four holes are going to be very exciting for the matches in the year to come. … The last four holes are perfect for matchplay.
“You have a combination of two tough holes, 16 and 18, and two exciting holes, 15 and 17."
Since the PGA Championship was hosted at Medinah in 2006 the 15th hole has been shortened 100 yards and is now a drivable par-four. A lake was also added on the right side of the fairway and green.
"I can see a lot of things going on in that hole, guys going for the green, guys being safe," Olazabal said.
"With that little change on 15, those last few holes are going to be very, very interesting. That's what you need in matchplay. You have to have holes where risk-reward can be part of it."
As captain of the host team, Love will have a say in how the course is set up for the Ryder Cup, but he doubts he’ll need to have much input.
"I don't think you have to do too much to this golf course," he said. "I don't know if there's a way for it to be an advantage one way or another. We're both going to have super-talented, long-hitting teams that make a lot of birdies.
“What's the most exciting thing to watch, for me, is making birdies rather than putting for pars. If I was setting up the PGA TOUR course, I would lean more toward birdies than putting for pars."