World Cup of Golf

Sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours, the World Cup of Golf is a 72-hole stroke play team event for professional players that pits 2-man teams from different nations against each other in a 4-day contest. The competition format has evolved into playing day one and three as four-ball (better ball), with second and final days designated for foursomes (alternate shot).

It all started as the Canada Cup at Beaconsfield Golf Club in Quebec back in 1953, when the Argentinean pairing of Roberto de Vicenzo and Antonia Cerda overcame six other teams to win the inaugural event. American industrialist John Jay Hopkins founded this tournament with the intention of using the event as a sporting platform for promoting international goodwill.

John Jay Hopkins Trophy - World Cup of Golf

The man who implemented the broadening of golf's international profile was tournament director Fred Corcoran, who took over operating the 3rd edition of the Canada Cup when it was held at Columbia Country Club in Maryland. Corcoran had promoted and directed PGA events during the 1930s and 1940s (also helping to establish the LPGA and the Golf Writers Association of America) and he’d go on to mastermind the running of the World Cup until he passed away in 1977.

After fourteen annual editions of the Canada Cup, the competition became known as the World Cup in 1967, with 40 teams participating in the end of season golfing spectacular at Club de Golf Mexico, competing for the John Jay Hopkins trophy. Twenty-four World Cups further on (there were no contests held in 1981 or 1986) the event became the World Cup of Golf in 1993 at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Florida.

Finally, seven years later at Buenos Aries G...

World Cup of Golf host courses

BallenIsles (East)

91st Florida - Best in Area

Extending to over 1,300 acres, the beautifully landscaped BallenIsles housing complex is laid out around the three top drawer golf courses named North, South and East.

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Columbia

4th Maryland - Best in Area

An old Walter Travis layout from 1916, the course at Columbia Country Club hosted the US Open five years after it first opened for play. Since then, little has altered on any of the holes.

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El Rincón

1st Colombia Ranking

The World Cup was played at El Rincón in 1980 when the Canadian team of Dan Halldorsan and Jim Nelford held off a strong challenge by the Scottish pairing of Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance to win the tournament.

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Erinvale

8th Western Cape - Best in Area 21st South Africa Ranking

Erinvale was one of the earliest residential estate courses in South Africa to open back in 1995 and it made an immediate world wide impact the following year when it hosted the World Cup of Golf...

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Glyfada

4th Greek Mainland - Best in Area

Wedged between the coast and the mountains, Glyfada was for many years the undisputed premier golf course in Greece and played proud host to the 1979 World Cup of Golf...

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Golf Nazionale

3rd Central Italy - Best in Area 9th Italy Ranking

To the northwest of Rome lies the beautiful Golf Nazionale (formerly known as Le Querce Golf Club) set in 60 hectares of delightful undulating land. With fairways flanked by stately oaks...

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Grand Cypress (New)

45th Florida - Best in Area

Crafted by Jack Nicklaus, the 18-hole New course at the Grand Cypress Resort brought the number of holes in play at this facility to 45 when it opened for play in the late 1980s.

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Gulf Harbour

10th North Island - Best in Area 14th New Zealand Ranking 74th Oceania Ranking

Gulf Harbour is routed round a rolling hillside and the changes in elevation make for exciting and challenging golf with the added bonus of free panoramic views.

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World Cup of Golf Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bob McCoy Courses Played 29
2 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 25
3 David Harak Courses Played 21
= Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 21
5 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 19
6 BL Tracker Courses Played 18
7 Peter Wood Courses Played 17
8 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 13
9 Pam Allen Courses Played 12
= Sang Hyeon Paik Courses Played 12