Arnold Palmer Cup

The Golf Coaches Association of America approached Arnold Palmer in 1997 with regard to him lending his name to an international collegiate competition between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The event would be played in a Ryder Cup-style format, bringing together the top university and college players on either side of the Atlantic. Of course, Arnie was only too keen to agree to this request.

Arnold Palmer Cup Championship Trophy

In 2003, the GB&I team was expanded to include players from all of Europe then it morphed into an International team in 2018, with both sides now comprising twelve male and twelve female golfers.

The original format was two eight-man teams playing four four-balls, four foursomes and two sets of singles matches for a total of 24 points. The 18th edition of the competition in 2014 saw team sizes increase to ten players on each side, playing five four-balls, five foursomes, and two sets of ten singles matches for 30 points overall.

Four years later, with the introduction of women into the teams, the format was changed again to incorporate mixed matches during the first two days of competition. Now there are twelve mixed four-balls the first day, twelve mixed foursomes in the morning then six all-women four-balls and six all-men four-balls in the afternoon on the second day, followed by twenty-four singles on day 3, giving a total of 60 points to play for.

The inaugural Palmer Cup, as it was first named, was played at the Bay Hill Club in Florida, with the home team winning the tournament by a convincing score of 19 points to 5. The location of the championship has alternated on either side of the Atlantic every year since. When hosted in the US, it’s held mainly o...

Arnold Palmer Cup host courses

Alotian

2nd Arkansas - Best in Area

Billionaire investment banker, Warren Stephens, had a golf dream and his realisation, costing a cool $18m, is the Alotian Club.

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Baltusrol (Lower)

5th New Jersey - Best in Area

Baltusrol Golf Club takes its name from Mr Baltus Roll who once farmed this land in the 19th century before his untimely murder.

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Caves Valley

3rd Maryland - Best in Area

Venue for the US Senior Open in 2002, the Tom Fazio-designed course at Caves Valley Golf Club sits amidst the rolling hills of Baltimore County with many of the fairways routed through attractive areas of woodland.

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Cherry Hills

4th Colorado - Best in Area

William Flynn designed Cherry Hills in 1922 and if you do get the chance to play this famous course your driving distances will flatter to deceive. Denver is not called the Mile High city for nothing and Cherry Hills is certainly golf with altitude.

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Evian

4th South East France - Best in Area 24th France Ranking

The golf course at Evian dates back to 1904, when the Société des Eaux Minérales d’Evian commissioned Willie Park Jr. to construct a 9-hole layout on a wonderfully scenic site overlooking Lake Geneva.

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Formby

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 19th England Ranking 46th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Formby is the prettiest of the eight top-notch links courses located between the seaside town of St Annes and the city of Liverpool. It is bordered on three sides by pine trees, giving the links a decidedly softer, heathland feel.

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Glasgow (Gailes Links)

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 43rd Scotland Ranking

Glasgow Gailes Links is a classic golf course. “The turf is something softer – at least in my imagination – than that of the East Coast courses,” wrote Darwin, “and the greens are wonderfully green and velvety.”

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Arnold Palmer Cup Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 23
2 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 22
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 22
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 22
5 James Gold Courses Played 21
6 Mark White Courses Played 20
7 Joshua Asher Courses Played 18
= Marc Bender Courses Played 18
9 Paul Jones Courses Played 15
= Cory Lewis Courses Played 15