Eisenhower Trophy

Organized by the International Golf Federation (known as the World Amateur Golf Council up until 2003), the Eisenhower Trophy is the World Amateur Team Championship which is played every two years at various locations around the world. In 1958, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower received delegates from 35 national golf associations attending a planning conference in Washington DC, and agreed to having the tournament prize named as the Eisenhower Trophy.

The Eisenhower Trophy

Eisenhower endorsed the concept of a global golf competition saying, “Both officially and personally, I am interested in the plan advanced by the USGA for an amateur team golf championship among nations. I visualize it, as you do, as a potent force for establishing goodwill and friendship between yet another segment of the populations of nations.”

The first edition of this stroke play contest was arranged for later that year on The Old Course at St Andrews, with 115 players representing 29 countries, and Australia won the inaugural event after a play-off against the USA. The scoring format until 2000 was the best three of the 4-man team scores to count for each of the four rounds played. Since then, teams have been reduced to three players, with two scores counting every day.

Also since 2002, the Great Britain & Ireland team no longer competes as a conglomerate. Instead, four individual nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – now enter as separate teams and this has obviously gone some way towards boosting the number of participating countries to more than seventy.

All the biggest margins of victory in The Eisenhower Trophy are recorded in favour of Team USA. They finished 16 strokes ahead of Scotland i...

Eisenhower Trophy host courses

Antalya (PGA Sultan)

3rd Turkey Ranking 70th Continental Europe Ranking

Carved through a forest of eucalyptus and pine, the PGA Sultan course is one of Europe’s best new courses and it’s attached to one of Turkey’s finest resorts.

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Bad Saarow (Arnold Palmer)

5th North East Germany - Best in Area 21st Germany Ranking

Arnold Palmer laid out the first course at the Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee (now known as Bad Saarow Golf Club) back in 1995 and it’s a cracker and probably the course you’ll want to limber up on first.

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Bad Saarow (Faldo Berlin)

4th North East Germany - Best in Area 18th Germany Ranking

There are golf holes to spare at Golf Club Bad Saarow (formerly known as Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee) – 63 in total – but the centrepiece of this golf resort, which is situated in Bad Saarow next to the beautiful Lake Scharmützel, is the Faldo Berlin course.

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Capilano

1st British Columbia - Best in Area 7th Canada Ranking 65th North America Ranking

Capilano Golf & Country Club is set most dramatically, protected to the north and east by the mountains of British Columbia. It’s a glorious setting with views across Vancouver Harbour to Mount Baker beyond.

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Cornelia (Prince)

2nd Turkey Ranking 61st Continental Europe Ranking

According to Nick Faldo, Cornelia is routed over "an exceptional piece of land" and who can argue? It's an instant hit with holes routed through pines and across naturally sandy ground.

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Eisenhower Trophy Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bob McCoy Courses Played 19
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 19
3 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 17
= Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 17
5 David Harak Courses Played 15
6 Peter Wood Courses Played 13
= Helmut Baeck Courses Played 13
8 BL Tracker Courses Played 12
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 12
10 Sang Hyeon Paik Courses Played 11