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The Solheim Cup is coming to the Costa del Sol!

Updated: Mar 1


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Fantastic news this week for Golf on the Costa del Sol. Another major tournament will be hosted here in Europe’s new Home of Golf! Finca Cortesin have been given the honor of hosting the 2023 Solheim Cup. Dates are yet to be confirmed. 

The Solheim Cup is the biggest event in women’s golf and is widely considered to carry Major status alongside The Ryder Cup and The Presidents Cup.


Background


Founded by Karsten Solheim, the man behind PING, the first edition was played in 1990. With a similar team selection process to that of the Ryder Cup the superstars of womens golf have done battle biannually over the last 30 years. The score currently stands at 10 matches to 6 in favor of the American team. There is every indication that the momentum is about to change.


Ladies European Tour


The depth of young talent emerging from Europe is fantastic with players like Charley Hull and Georgie Hall in the ascendancy. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda is enjoying a breakout year looking every inch like the next European talisman in the mould of her famous compatriots, Jimenez, Olazabal and Ballesteros!


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Why Spain is ideal

Spain has hosted more than 70 Ladies European Tour and development tour events. There have been many European Men’s events held on the Costa del Sol, the highlight being the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderra. Spain and in particular the Costa del Sol has the infrastructure, the climate and the passion to make this event very special indeed.


Ladies European Tour chief executive Alexandra Armas added: “Spain is a passionate golfing nation with knowledgeable fans and a history of developing generations of talented golfers while Andalusia’s strong cultural heritage will make for a unique experience for players, guests and supporters alike.


“We are delighted to announce Spain as the host nation for the 2023 Solheim Cup when it returns to European soil.”


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Finca Cortesin – the perfect hosts


Finca Cortesin is the perfect venue for an event as prestigious as the Solheim Cup. With three previous editions of the World Match Play successfully staged in 2009,2011 and 2012 Finca Cortesin has proved itself to be one of the premier golf resorts in Europe and may be the finest golf course in Spain. I am a huge fan of Cabell Robinsons golf courses, Finca Cortesin must be his masterpiece!.


Vicente Rubio, president of Finca Cortesin Golf Club, said: “Hosting an event of this magnitude and worldwide importance is a tremendous honour and one that makes us all feel very proud and privileged.


“With the layout that Cabell Robinson has created and different challenges that it presents, the course lends itself perfectly to an event of this nature. With the work that has taken place over the last few years, it has never looked in better condition and every player is guaranteed an experience that they will never forget.”


Playing host to this global sporting event is fantastic news for all of the golf courses on the Costa del Sol. With more than 70 first class courses along its length, golf on the Costa del Sol is the preferred destination for visiting golfers from across the world. Playing host to another major event will raise its profile even further and introduce many more people to this golfing paradise!

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