Preparing for Valhalla
I don't know about you, but the Ryder Cup is my favourite sporting event of the lot.
While the Cheltenham Festival is full of triumph and heartache, a Test match is filled with nuance and intrigue, and the Olympics is sporting excellence personified, the Ryder Cup is a combination of all of that and more.
It grabs you by the throat on a cool Friday morning and doesn't let go until dusk on the Sunday evening; three days of unremitting pressure, drama and skill that can be won by the smallest of margins and lost by the slightest mistake.
Team against team, continent against continent and with iconic sporting heroes going toe-to-toe, I can't wait for it to get started.
My job here is not to preview the competition as such, but I want to give you a bit of a look at what goes into bringing one of the world's biggest sporting events to your radios every two years.
This will be the third Ryder Cup I've worked on for 5 Live, the second as its main producer.
The planning for this year's event began from my point of view on that final afternoon at the K Club in 2006. I say planning, perhaps more like a few thoughts about what we could have done better in Ireland coupled with the knowledge that Andrew Cotter's fabulous commentary on Darren Clarke's winning moment - "The Ryder Cup is safe in European arms" - would be the clip we begin with two years later.
I visited Valhalla in April after the Masters to have a look round. There were two purposes to the trip.
First to meet with the PGA to go through how things would work, discuss where our studios would be, where our production vans would go and their plans for the competition as a whole.
Second because it is important to see at first hand how flat the course is, where the trees are and where there are sight lines so we can judge how our on course equipment will work. The more trees and hills there are on a course, the more difficult it is to broadcast (reports ahead of Celtic Manor in 2010 suggest we may need hiking equipment to deal with the humps and hollows there).
We also got a chance to look round the city of Louisville itself - it struck me as having a very small centre - only a few bars and restaurants - and it is quite difficult to imagine thousands of fans taking it over.
That's the other thing about these "site visits", it is hard to fast forward in your mind six months to what the scene will be like when you next see it, a couple of days before the Ryder Cup starts.
In April it was just another very nice golf course with one or two people going about their business. In September, it is the centre of the sporting world.
The next step is putting our team together.
The 5 Live golf team is lucky to have so many good commentators at our disposal. Our correspondent Iain Carter, John Murray, Mark Pougatch and Alistair Bruce-Ball will be our on course team and next week it will be great to welcome back Andrew Cotter and Paul Eales from BBC TV.
We're also fortunate to be able to call on the services of a man with almost unparalleled experience - former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher.
His thoughts on what will be going through Nick Faldo's mind during the ups and downs of the week will be invaluable to us, as will the experience of Andrew Coltart who knows what it is like to go head-to-head with Tiger in the final day's singles.
Andrew Magee will be our new American voice. He won four times on the PGA tour and is now a leading commentator on US TV.
Interesting fact about Andrew? He's the only man to have holed in one on a par 4 in a PGA tour event.
You may ask what's happened to our regular analyst Jay Townsend. Well, he will no doubt pop up during our coverage, but he works for US TV during the Ryder Cup.
After we've done that there are various technical things to sort out like picking the theme music.
I've gone with a piece you may recognise if you were fortunate enough to go to any matches in the Rugby World Cup last year - an orchestral version of Jean Michel Jarre track, "Industrial Revolutions".
Then it's trying to deal with the unexpected! What do I mean? Well only a few days ago we got the bad news that the longest serving member of the 5 Live Golf team, Andrew
Murray, has had to withdraw from our coverage this year because of a knee injury - we all wish Andrew a speedy recovery.
Equally, I thought we had done all the preparation we could at the K Club two years ago, then the tail end of Hurricane Gordon hit Ireland the night before it started, knocking down trees on the course and generally causing mayhem with our equipment.
We went on air on the first morning with no idea how much of the course we could broadcast from! You may have heard there's the odd hurricane about in the States right now, though I'm assured none of them will be anywhere near Louisville.
I'll give you an update on how we're doing when we get there, but everything seems to be in place. Apart from the fact I was told some of our on course transmitters are currently in New Zealand. But I'm sure they will be here in time!