Run up to the Ryder Cup - Episode 4
Thousands of spectators are already on their way to Newport in South Wales, to witness the world's golfing elite battle it out for the game's biggest trophy, the 2010 Ryder Cup, which opens tomorrow. (Oct 1st) In our fourth programme following the behind-the-scenes preparations over the twelve months, it's July, and organisers toast the success of the Welsh Open tournament - their dress rehearsal for the Ryder Cup. There is just one last hurdle before the purpose-built course graces the world stage - a derelict listed farmhouse right next to the 18th hole. Celtic Manor bosses are relying on Newport City Council's planning committee to grant permission to rebuild it, brick by brick, and relocate it to a less obtrusive site - away from the glare of the world's media - a move condoned by conservation body Cadw, and backed by council leader Matthew Evans. But the City's planning committee refuses to be dictated to. Meanwhile, Newport's most famous landmark, its century-old iron Transporter Bridge, is re-opening across the River Usk, after a Ryder Cup refurbishment..but progress on a futuristic railway station footbridge is running dangerously behind schedule. And there's still no news on whether Tiger Woods will make the team - and pull in the Ryder Cup crowds.
- 2010-09-30 15:45:00 - 2010-09-30 16:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,