Ryder Cup fans shocked at eye-watering prices being charged for food at premier golf event
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Ryder Cup golf fans better come prepared with some funds ahead of this weekend’s big event, as the price lists for drinks and food were revealed.
The Ryder Cup is a bit of an outlier in the world of golf.
It’s different to winning a major, or any singles tournament, simply because it allows the usually individual players to work as part of a team, as well as playing within the matchplay format.
As it rolls around every two years, so the excitement ramps up among players and fans alike, with competition for spots on the team and tickets in the galleries in short supply.
It’s the trip of a lifetime for anyone who manages to get onto the course during the entire week, and – for the fans – it’s going to cost a fair bit of money.
This year’s event at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club just outside the Italian capital city of Rome will be attended by people from around the world, united by their team allegiances, love for the sport of golf, and commitment to eating and drinking at sky-high prices.
Photographs from the concessions stand around the course show that from the start to the beginning of the day, punters will have to pay a decent whack for just about anything on the course.
Well, they are a captive audience, after all.
It starts at the beginning of the day, with earlybirds expected to pay €9.90 Euros – or £8.62 – for a breakfast roll, or the equivalent of £4.79 for some porridge.
The veggie roll is slightly less expensive, but not by much.
If you want something more filling later in the day, the prices will ramp up even further.
Chicken Milanese, which comes with fries and a drink, will cost £20.80 if you want a soft drink, or £23.85 with an alcoholic beverage to accompany it.
However, despite things being pretty dear, it’s unlikely that many attendees will complain, given the prestige of the event and the gathering expectation of a classic tournament.
Team Europe are looking to avenge their loss of two years ago, and Team USA are determined to hold onto the famous golf trophy.
With stars such as Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Matt Fitzpatrick teeing it up against their US counterparts Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, and Brooks Koepka, it’s pretty close to call.
After an amateur ‘All-Star’ match-up featuring stars such as Gareth Bale and Novak Djokovic on Wednesday, the real deal will get underway on Friday, with the destination of the trophy settled on Sunday afternoon.