Scotland gears up to host Solheim Cup 2019

The greatest female event in golf is heading home to Scotland after responsibility for the 2019 Solheim Cup was passed to the world famous Gleneagles resort.

Photograph by: Stuart FranklinThe US team celebrate winning the Solheim Cup 2017

Following a stirring showcase of the very best of women’s golf at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Iowa, at which the American team triumphed over Europe, the baton was passed to Scotland.

In front of a global television audience the honour was accepted by junior golfers Scottish Anna Mackay and Eilidh Henderson during the closing ceremony of the 2017 competition.

The Solheim Cup is seen as a key event in Scotland’s goal of growing golf tourism with a number of Authorised Tour Operators already promoting travel packages.

The event underlines Scotland’s commitment to supporting women’s golf and growing junior and female participation as well as showcasing Scotland as a world-class golf tourism and events destination.

Currently 12 per cent of golf visitors to Scotland are women but The Solheim Cup offers the opportunity to promote Scotland, the Home of Golf, to many more female golfers.

Golf tourism is currently worth £286 million annually to Scotland with a target to grow that to £300 million by 2020.

Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event between he best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET).

The 2019 Solheim Cup will take place at Gleneagles from 13-15 September 2019 with the PING Junior Solheim Cup played at the same venue earlier in the week.

Paul Bush, Director of Events with VisitScotland, said: “We have witnessed a truly world-class exhibition of golf in Des Moines for The 2017 Solheim Cup with huge crowds supporting both teams and a massive worldwide TV audience. I hope this success has whetted the appetite of spectators for Gleneagles and demonstrated the sheer scale of the event coming to Scotland in 2019.”

Tickets for The 2019 Solheim Cup will be going on sale from Thursday 24th August on www.solheimcup2019.com with daily, weekly and family packages available. As well as attracting a strong golfing audience in Scotland, the event will also be aimed at families with a host of family-orientated activities available on site.

 

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