Curtis Cup

The Curtis Cup – or to give the competition its proper title, “The Women’s International Cup” – is a biennial match-play contest between two teams of female amateur golfers from the United States of America and Great Britain & Ireland. Staged alternatively on either side of The Atlantic, this event is organized by the R&A and USGA, with each tournament now played over three days of foursome, four-ball and singles matches.

The first edition of The Curtis Cup was played in one day on the East course at Wentworth in 1932, with three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon for a total of nine points. These ties were played over 18 holes but some of the later matches were decided over 36 holes. In 1964, it was decided to play two days of morning foresomes and afternoon singles, doubling the points on offer.

The Curtis Cup

Then, in 2008, the format changed to a three-day contest, with all games played over 18 holes. This now means three foursomes and three four-ball matches are played on each of the first two days, followed by eight singles on the final day, giving a total a total of twenty points on offer.

The two teams play for a silver bowl which was presented at the outset of the competition by Harriot and Margaret Curtis, two sisters who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur four times between them from 1906 to 1912. The cup is inscribed: “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands” but the intention of women golfers from different countries participating never materialized, unfortunately.

The Curtis Cup, like its male counterpart The Walker Cup, has been dominated right from the start by the United States team, which has won an av...

Curtis Cup host courses

Apawamis

Gem USA - Best in Area

Founded initially as a social organization in 1890, Willie Dunn Jr. laid out the course at the Apawamis Club in the early 1900s. Dunn served as the head professional at Westward Ho! and also designed the original course at Biarritz Le Phare with his brother Tom...

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Brae Burn

22nd Massachusetts - Best in Area

Venue of the 1919 US Open, the 1928 US Amateur, the 1958 and 1970 Curtis Cup and the US Women’s Amateur in 1906, 1975 and 1997, Brae Burn Country Club has hosted more than its fair share of top golf competitions.

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Chevy Chase

7th Maryland - Best in Area

Donald Ross established the 18-hole golf course at the Chevy Chase Club in 1910 but Charles Alison completely reworked the layout in 1922 and a number of architectural revisions followed down the years.

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Denver

5th Colorado - Best in Area

Founded in 1887, Denver Country Club moved to its current location in 1905. A number of great architects have modified the original James Foulis course, including Donald Ross, William Flynn, Bill Coore and Gil Hanse.

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Essex County Club

3rd Massachusetts - Best in Area 40th USA Ranking 44th North America Ranking 96th World Ranking

The par five 3rd hole at Essex County Club is a monster and it is nearly as long as the sum of the first two par fours that precede it. But there’s much more to this hole than length alone.

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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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Curtis Cup Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 37
2 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 31
3 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 30
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 29
5 Mark White Courses Played 27
6 James Gold Courses Played 25
7 Pam Allen Courses Played 23
= Joshua Asher Courses Played 23
= KP Courses Played 23
= Paul Jones Courses Played 23