Gleneagles to stage 2019 Solheim Cup contest

THE world-famous PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, has won the right to host the Solheim Cup in 2019, the 16th staging of the top team event in women’s golf.

The ninth hole at Gleneagles' Centenary Course.

After an extensive and competitive bidding process, Scotland’s submission was pitted against a strong bid from Sweden, which nominated the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club as its proposed venue.

Earlier in the year, Yorkshire club Ganton’s expression of interest had been rebuffed along with those from venues in Denmark, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Wales .

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Following official site inspection visits to Gleneagles and Bro Hof Slott, the Ladies European Tour Evaluation Committee this week presented their recommendations to the LET Board for ratification.

Ivan Khodabakhsh, chief executive of Ladies European Tour said: “I want to congratulate the Scotland bid team for their work. It was an extremely close decision and our heartfelt thanks go to our friends from Sweden for their hugely impressive bid. The Bro Hof Slott Golf Club is one of Europe’s very finest courses and we look forward to working with them in the future.

“The competitive nature of the bidding process for the 2019 event is testimony to the growth in interest in women’s professional golf and women’s sport in general. The Solheim Cup has grown to be the biggest event in the women’s game delivering outstanding value to its partners at a local, national and international level.”

John A Solheim, Ping Chairman and CEO, commented: “I am excited that the Solheim Cup will be returning to Scotland, home of Europe’s first win. Gleneagles is certainly one of the great venues in golf and will provide a wonderful experience for all. I’m sure that the members of the 2019 Solheim Cup teams will be up to meeting the challenges of this exceptional golf course.”