Nine parties have expressed their desire to host The 2015 Solheim Cup when the event takes place in Europe. Six of the candidates have publicly announced their intentions to host the biannual transatlantic women’s match play tournament. They are: Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna, Czech Republic; Gut Kaden Golf und Land Club, Hamburg, Germany; Sport & SPA Resort A-ROSA, Scharmützelsee, Sporting Club Berlin, Germany; La Manga Club, Región de Murcia, Spain; and Q Hotels Forest Pines Resort, North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, supported by UK Sport.
Additionally, there is a bid by Costa Del Sol in Spain, which would allow the Ladies European Tour to select the most suitable venue in the region, as well as three other bids by interested parties who wish at this stage to remain anonymous.
The bid deadline was 29th October with the result expected in 2011. Previous European home matches have been played in Scotland (Dalmahoy & Loch Lomond), Wales (St. Pierre) and Sweden (Barseback & Halmstad). Killeen Castle located near Dublin, Ireland, plays host next September 23rd – 25th where record crowds are expected to support the European Team as they try to replicate the magnificent victory of the European Ryder Cup Team at Celtic Manor and bring the cup back to Europe. In 2013 the United States venue is Colorado Golf Club, near Denver.
“Obviously the Ladies European Tour is thoroughly delighted with the level of interest that these parties have expressed in The 2015 Solheim Cup, showing the strength and stature of the tournament and popularity of women’s golf,” said Mark Casey Director of Operations and The Solheim Cup for the Ladies European Tour. “In 2006 we received bids from seven nations for the 2011 Matches, so this is a step forward re-emphasising the development of the event and ladies professional golf throughout Europe.”
The Ladies European Tour is now reviewing the submissions and will outline a timescale for decision making in the coming month following an LET Board Meeting in December.
About The Solheim Cup:
The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten Solheim, and his family, the makers of PING golf equipment. The Solheim Cup is the most prestigious international team event in women’s professional golf. It is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the LPGA and the best European-born players representing the Ladies European Tour (LET). The U.S. Team leads the competition, 8-3. The 2011 Solheim Cup will be played at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, Sept. 23-25. The 2013 Solheim Cup will be contested at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. In addition to founding sponsor PING, Global Partners of The Solheim Cup include AIB Group and Rolex. For tickets and information, log on to www.SolheimCup.com.
About the Ladies European Tour (LET):
The Ladies European Tour (LET) is Europe’s leading women’s professional golf tour and formed as the WPGA in 1978, before taking its current title in 2000. Over the last 32 years, the tour has developed into a truly international organisation. In 2010, the schedule features 26 tournaments in 21 different countries, with 313 members who represent 35 different nations. The LET offices are located at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.