Espirito Santo Trophy

The Espirito Santo Trophy is the world amateur team golf championship for women, organized by the International Golf Federation (originally called the World Amateur Golf Council) and it’s the female equivalent of the men’s Eisenhower Trophy which sometimes takes place around the same time at the same venue.

It all started back in 1964, with a French Golf Federation proposal to host an informal match against the US Curtis Cup team that was playing against Great Britain & Ireland in Wales. The USGA accepted the invitation but suggested other nations might also take part to form a women’s counterpart to the Eisenhower Trophy which had been established six years earlier.

France’s Vicomtesse de Saint Sauveur (known better as Lally Segard) helped plan the inaugural championship and she also came up with the idea of asking friends in Portugal if they would donate an unused trophy she’d heard was in their possession.

Espirito Santo Trophy

Ricardo and Silvia Espirito Santo were only too pleased to confirm that the gold-plated cup – originally owned by Nicolas II, the Tsar of Russia, and purchased at auction for a Portuguese international event that never took place – could be used for the new ladies’ golf tournament.

The first edition of this stroke play contest took place later that year at Saint-Germain in Paris, with twenty-five teams participating. To the delight of the home support, the French team narrowly edged out the USA team by one shot (588 to 589) to win the match. The scoring format was the best two of three scores to count for each of the four rounds played and it’s remained that way ever since.

The USA has won half of all the competitions ever played (as at 2020), ...

Espirito Santo Trophy host courses

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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De Zalze

11th Western Cape - Best in Area 36th South Africa Ranking

De Zalze is yet another creation from the prolific Peter Matkovich and is laid out within the 750-acre Spier Estate in the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains...

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Geneva

2nd Switzerland Ranking

Golf Club de Genève is the premier course in the Geneva region and it was designed by Robert Trent Jones, opening for play in 1972. It is set most beautifully with stunning panoramic views across Lake Geneva.

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Gloria (New)

11th Turkey Ranking

Opened in late 2005, the New course at the Gloria Golf Resort is an undulating tree-lined layout that is challenging yet fair with many unforgettable holes.

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Gloria (Old)

9th Turkey Ranking

The Old course is one of the eldest Turkish golf courses and has become a true favourite for thousands of travelling golfers.

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Espirito Santo Trophy Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 13
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 12
3 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 11
= Helmut Baeck Courses Played 11
5 David Harak Courses Played 10
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 10
7 BL Tracker Courses Played 9
= Dr. Michael J. Noack Courses Played 9
9 Ryan Courses Played 8
= Peter Wood Courses Played 8