The best European Solheim Cup venues
The Solheim Cup has been held 16 times, so eight European golf clubs have hosted this event as it is played alternately in the USA and Europe. Below the European Solheim Cup golf clubs are shown, listed by the rating given by golfers on Leading Courses (until Aug 2021).
1. Loch Lomond Golf Club - host in 2000
Loch Lomond Golf Club
hosted the Solheim Cup in 2000. Loch Lomond was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and opened for play in 1993. If you want to play here, then you need to find a member who is willing to introduce you as this club is private.
2. Killeen Castle Golf Club - host in 2011
Killeen Castle Golf Club
hosted the Solheim Cup in 2011 and is home to a spectacular and challenging Jack Nicklaus
Signature golf course. It is one of the best parkland courses in Ireland. Many golfers indicate that this is a hidden gem with still an acceptable green fee. Views are great and the castle just adds that little extra touch.
3. Golf Club St. Leon-Rot - host in 2015
Golf Club St. Leon Rot
welcomed the Solheim Cup in 2015. St. Leon Rot was founded in 1996 and has two 18-hole courses (St. Leon and Rot), a 9-hole course and a 5-hole course for kids. Golfers on Leadingcourses favor the Rot (Parkland) course slightly higher than the St. Leon (inland links) course.
4. Barsebäck Golf & Country Club - host in 2003
Barsebäck Golf & Country Club
hosted the Solheim Cup in 2003. This golf club is located in Sweden in the province of Skåne and is home to two 18-hole courses, the Pines and Ocean Course and a 9-hole course, called the Ace course. The Ocean course is rated highest and was also the course where the Solheim Cup was held.
5. The Gleneagles Hotel - host in 2019
The Gleneagles Hotel
hosted the Solheim Cup in 2019 after hosting The Ryder Cup in 2014. Gleneagles is home to three 18 hole courses (PGA Centenary, King's Course and the Queen's Course). The Wee Course is a 9-hole course. According to reviewers on Leadingcourses, the King's Course is the best.
6. Halmstad Golfklubb - host in 2007
In 2007 the Norra Banan (or North Course) hosted the Solheim Cup at Halmstad Golfklubb
. The Halmstad Golf Club was founded in 1930 and during the years many alterations took place which finally led to the current Norra or North Course. The North Course is the most famous course of Halmstad and consists of the last 9 holes of the original old course. In 1975, the first holes of the old course were also extended and now form the Södra course.
7. Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club - host in 1992
Impressively situated in 1,000 acres of parkland lies the four-star
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
which hosted the Solheim Cup back in 1992. Dalmahoy offers spectacular views to Edinburgh
Castle and the Forth Bridges, which makes it a celebration of Scottish heritage.
The Dalmahoy East Course was host of the Solheim Cup, the West Course however is rated just as high as his 'bigger' brother.
8. St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club - host in 1996
has hosted the Dunlop Masters and the Curtis Cup and in 1996 staged the Solheim Cup between the USA and Europe. St Pierre has two 18-hole golf course, the Championship Course and the Mathern Course. When visiting St Pierre, make sure to play the Championship Course (also known as the Old Course). It's rated much higher than the Mathern course and it was this course where the Solheim Cup was played.
The history of the Solheim Cup
The first Solheim Cup
was staged in 1990 at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (USA), while the latest Solheim
Cup took place in 2019, at Gleneagles (Scotland). In that year the
European Team won back the Waterford Crystal trophy by 14 ½ to
13 ½ points. Team USA currently holds a 10-6 lead heading into The 2021
The Solheim Cup is a biennial, transatlantic team match-play competition for women, featuring the 12
best European players from the Ladies European Tour
(LET) and the 12
best U.S. players
from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
Tour. The Solheim Cup is the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup and is named after the Norwegian-American golf club manufacturers Karsten and Louise Solheim, the founders of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation known for making PING golf equipment. They were the driving force behind the creation of the Solheim Cup.
Initially the Solheim Cup was held in even numbered years until 2002, in alternating years with the Ryder Cup. Following the September 11 attacks, the Solheim Cup switched to odd numbered years beginning in 2003. Another reshuffle of team golf events took place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Solheim Cup will return to even numbered years from 2024.
2023 Solheim Cup at Finca Cortesin
Set to host the prestigious international women’s professional golf team
event for the first time in the tournament’s history, Spain is no
stranger to staging high-profile golf events with a rich history in both
the men’s and women’s game, hosting the Ryder Cup in 1997 and staging
many events on the LET and LETAS calendar.
Following in the footsteps of Scotland as the most recent destination to
host the memorable match-play competition on European soil in 2019 and
Toledo, Ohio, who will stage the upcoming 2021 contest, Spain becomes
the sixth European nation to play host to the greatest team event in
women’s golf following previous countries including; Wales, Sweden,
Ireland and Germany. Finca Cortesin
, which is bookable online via Leading Courses, will host the 2023 Solheim Cup. It is considered one of the best golf courses in Spain. The privileged
location of the layout will make a player enjoy wonderful views of the
Mediterranean sea and mountains.