Whistling Straits looks ahead to 2020 Ryder Cup

American golfer’ Rickie Fowler celebrates during the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
American golfer’ Rickie Fowler celebrates during the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

HAVEN, Wis. (WBAY) — An exciting win for the US in this weekend’s PGA Ryder Cup near Minneapolis means Whistling Straits in Haven can look forward to being the next American course to host the tournament.

Course head professional Mike O’Reilly says they have a lot of work to do before the 2020 Ryder Cup, but they say after this weekend’s excitement, they’re looking forward to it.

“The crowd at the Ryder Cup boarders on a football or soccer game mixed with a golf community,” said O’Reilly, who is part of the Ryder Cup executive team.

He was at this weekend’s tournament scouting the event, learning what it’ll take to host the tournament at his course.

“We learned some stuff this weekend that we can hopefully bring back and make this one the best Ryder Cup ever,” he said.

O’Reilly tells us the Ryder Cup could bring the biggest PGA crowd they’ve ever hosted. Because of that they’ll have to plan carefully where to build structures on the course to make sure people are able to get around easily

This weekend proved the Ryder Cup is rowdier than what Whistling Straits has hosted in the past.

Stuart Dalton says plans on being at the course in 2020 and says he’s not sure how the crowd will be.

“It probably depends on how many beers you have, I guess,” he said.

“O’Reilly says this weekend’s Ryder Cup saw nearly 280-thousand spectators go through the grounds at Hazeltine National Golf Club. He says in 2020 we should see the same if not more at Whistling Straits.