Premier golf event for Scotland
Gleneagles to host Solheim Cup in 2019
Scotland won the rights after an extensive and competitive bidding process, seeing off a strong challenge from Sweden, which nominated The Bro Hof Slott Golf Club as its proposed venue.
Earlier in the year, ten countries – Denmark, England, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Wales – submitted expressions of interest in hosting the 2019 event, the next time it is held in Europe.
Following official site inspection visits to Gleneagles – which hosted last year’s Ryder Cup – and Bro Hof Slott, the Ladies European Tour (LET) 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.”
Scotland’s bid, which was led by the EventScotland team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate and backed by The Scottish Government, was submitted in August and received huge support from stars across the golfing, sporting and media spectrum.
John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and chief executive, 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.”