Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is a biennial match play tournament for women professional players representing Europe and the United States of America, with the venue alternating between courses on either side of the Atlantic. Modelled on the men's Ryder Cup series of matches, it was first played in 1990 at Lake Nona in Florida, where the home side inflicted an 11½ - 4½ beating on the visiting Europeans.

Solheim Cup

Golf club designer Karsten Solheim, the man who created the PING manufacturing company, was the driving force behind the tournament, and the Solheim Cup – an impressive Waterford Crystal trophy – is named in his honour. It measures nineteen inches in height (including an eight inch mahogany plinth), weighs more than twenty pounds and is engraved with the winning scores around the base.

The cup is played over three days. There’s a combination of morning and afternoon foursomes and four-balls played on the first two days, with singles arranged for the final day. Each side comprised eight players in 1990 but this was expanded to ten for the next two editions. Since then, teams consist of twelve lady golfers vying for the 28 points that are on offer throughout the match.

Team selection – again, just like the Ryder Cup – is largely based on a points system. Players gain points relative to where they finish in tour events in a qualifying period before the Solheim Cup takes place. Each team also has a number of ‘captain's picks,’ allowing the team captains several discretionary selections, especially for those players with debateable standings in the points table.

Laura Davies of Team Europe has made most appearances (12) between 1990 and 2011. She’s also accumulated the...

Solheim Cup host courses

Barsebäck (Masters)

4th South & West Sweden - Best in Area 7th Sweden Ranking 64th Continental Europe Ranking

Situated on the west coast of Sweden lies the world renowned Barsebäck Golf & Country Club. With two championship courses, there’s no shortage of great golf to be had at Barsebäck.

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Colorado

2nd Colorado - Best in Area 77th USA Ranking 88th North America Ranking

Colorado Golf Club only opened its tees for play in 2007 but it’s already a nationwide hit. Designed by the famous Bill and Ben duo – Coore and Crenshaw – whose design philosophy is to respect the classic golf courses of the "Golden Age of Architecture", Colorado was destined for success…

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Crooked Stick

2nd Indiana - Best in Area

Crooked Stick Golf Club was one of Pete Dye’s first golf course commissions and it was constructed the year after he had spent some time in Scotland playing many of the traditional links...

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Dalmahoy (East)

19th Lothians - Best in Area

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club's East golf course was designed by the great James Braid, and it’s set amongst 1,000 acres of rolling, wooded parkland.

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Des Moines (North)

5th Iowa - Best in Area

Des Moines Golf & Country Club moved to its current site in 1969 when Pete Dye designed both courses, the longer and more difficult of which is the North layout.

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Des Moines (South)

4th Iowa - Best in Area

The South course is one of two challenging Pete Dye-designed layouts at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, it's where the US Senior Open was held in 1999...

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Greenbrier (Greenbrier)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The Greenbrier course suffered major flood damage in June 2016. Some of the course is open, but Phil Mickelson Design has been commissioned to renovate eight original holes and build ten new ones.

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Halmstad (Norra)

2nd South & West Sweden - Best in Area 4th Sweden Ranking 50th Continental Europe Ranking

Sweden has some fantastic golf courses and the Norra (North) course at Halmstad Golfklubb is one of them. It’s a surreal setting where you can smell the salty sea air and you can hear the sea, but you can’t see it.

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Interlachen

2nd Minnesota - Best in Area 80th USA Ranking 93rd North America Ranking

During the 1930 US Open at Interlachen Country Club, Bobby Jones skimmed his ball over the water on the 9th to make a birdie which went a long way to ensuring he achieved the "Grand Slam".

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Solheim Cup Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 15
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 11
= Mark White Courses Played 11
4 James Gold Courses Played 10
= David Harak Courses Played 10
6 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 9
7 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 8
= BL Tracker Courses Played 8
9 Cory Lewis Courses Played 7
= Joshua Asher Courses Played 7