Luton Hoo launches bid to host the tournament

Luton Hoo launches bid to host the tournament

Another surprising English venue has made its mark as the host of the 48th edition of the biennial tournament

It was the on-off project that continued to raise eyebrows and sparked a ton of controversy. But now, as Hulton Park’s ambitious bid to host the 2031 Ryder Cup has met with success, new competition to host the tournament has emerged in the form of a historic venue in Bedfordshire.

As first reported by Golf News, Luton Hoo has officially made a surprise bid to host the 2031 and 2035 editions of the biennial competition. If successful, England’s nearly three-decade wait to host another Ryder Cup would finally come to an end.

The Bedfordshire estate is currently home to just one 18-hole golf course within its luxurious grounds, a venue that has previously hosted the Bridgestone Challenge on the Challenge Tour in 2017 and 2018, as well as a EuroPro event in 2017.

However, now Luton Hoo plans to design and build an entirely new championship course on its grounds, hoping to create something worthy of hosting one of golf’s greatest tournaments.

The grandiose plans, developed by the Arora Group – the UK’s largest private hotel operator, which bought the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa in 2021 – will rival the bid by Hulton Park in Bolton, the project which is also plans to build a brand new golf course to host the legendary event.

“Our acquisition of the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa was always with the intention of curating a luxury leisure and hospitality experience on the existing property,” said Surinder Arora, Founder of Arora Group. “We wish to continue to build on Luton Hoo’s already rich history and ensure that any future investment in the Bedfordshire estate and surrounding areas brings economic benefits.

“Holding the Ryder Cup, potentially in either 2031 or 2035, would raise the region’s profile with a global audience and the opportunity to bid to host a Ryder Cup in Luton Hoo is a very real and realistic goal.”

Richard Wenham, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The Ryder Cup is an iconic sporting event celebrated and enjoyed around the world. Arora’s ambitious plans to take the outstanding Luton Hoo hotel, golf and spa complex to the next level in its beautiful setting have the potential to propel Central Bedfordshire onto the world stage.

“Securing the Ryder Cup would be a huge boost to our thriving economy, bringing many new tourists and creating more new jobs.”

The news comes just two months after a public inquiry ruled that revised plans for the 2031 Ryder Cup in Bolton should not have been rejected. The London Club in Kent is also said to be named as the host for the 48th edition of the tournament, while an unnamed European course is also in the running.

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