Ladies Golf News 28th Dec, 2020 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
The Ladies European Tour has announced that Spain will host the 2023 Solheim Cup from September 18-24 – the first time the country has staged the biennial battle between the best American and European female professionals.
Finca Cortestin in Andalucia will be the venue for the match, with the tournament being played the week before the 44th Ryder Cup showdown.
Spain is no stranger to staging high-profile golf events and has a rich history in both the men’s and women’s games, hosting the Ryder Cup in 1997 as well as 75 events on the LET and LET Access Series calendar.
Following in the footsteps of Scotland as the most recent destination to host the match play event on European soil in 2019 and Toledo, Ohio, which will stage the upcoming 2021 contest, Spain becomes the sixth European nation to play host to the greatest team event in women’s golf.
Located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Finca Cortesin is world-renowned as an elite golf destination and has staged three successful editions of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Making the announcement, Ladies European Tour CEO Alexandra Armas said: “We are delighted to announce Spain as the host nation for the 2023 Solheim Cup when it returns to European soil for the 18th edition of this major international team golf event. Spain is a passionate golfing nation with knowledgeable fans and a history of developing generations of talented golfers while Andalucia’s strong cultural heritage will make for a unique experience for players, guests and supporters alike.
“If the 2023 edition is anything like 2019, fans will be left wanting more and they will be lucky enough to go straight onto the Ryder Cup the following week in Italy where the men’s version of Team Europe and Team USA will go head-to-head.”
Spanish golfers have played an integral part in the Solheim Cup since the inaugural event was held in 1990, with as many as seven players representing Team Europe over the years. Only Sweden and England have contributed more players to previous European teams. More recently, home favourite Carlota Ciganda has participated in the last four consecutive contests, while Costa del Sol star Azahara Munoz also has four appearances to her name since making her debut in 2011.
Deporte & Business will stage the event, working alongside the Ladies European Tour to deliver all aspects of the tournament. General manager Íñigo Aramburu said: “It’s an honour getting the Solheim Cup for Spain. I would like to thank the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour for the trust they placed in the Spanish bid. I can assure you we will try to host the best and most fun Solheim Cup in history.”