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Plenty of activity at Valhalla to prepare for Ryder Cup

In just about every way, next month's Ryder Cup in Louisville will be an even bigger event than the previous PGA Tourneys held here.

With the Ryder Cup six weeks away, there's a lot of activity at Valhalla.  The golf course has become a construction zone.

Members of Louisville's most elite golf course now have to share it with heavy construction equipment.  Every direction you look from the clubhouse there are tents and chalets -- a lot more than the previous PGA tournaments.

Ben Rubin, PGA Operations Director, says, "There's over a million square feet of tent flooring, with a lot of it covered with tents and a lot of open patios with great walking and viewing for all the spectators to enjoy great golf."

More than 200 tents, including 64 chalets ranging in size from 10-by-10 to to the 38,000 square foot merchandise tent, are currently under construction.

Many of the corporate chalets will also be elaborately decorated.  Rubin says, "A lot of companies from Europe are involved in the Ryder Cup, and they can pick and choose their decor and they can pick and chose their beverage menu."

For those who cannot afford the corporate tents, there will also be a lot more bleachers.

Valhalla members still have a few more weeks to play on their course before a hundred or so greenskeepers take over.

Rubin explains, "The first of September is the last day the course is open.  And starting on the second it will be closed and it will give the superintendent a couple of weeks to get the course in condition."

Everything is said to be on schedule at Valhalla, so it should be ready fo the 40,000 spectators who will arrive there in mid-September.

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