Countdown to 2023: Solheim Cup Another Historic First for Costa del Golf

The 2023 Solheim Cup will be the final link of a cycle that began with the designation of the “Costa del Golf” in 1997. The name was coined  in the lead up to that year’s historic Ryder Cup at Valderrama, with signs appearing along the coast declaring, “Costa del Sol-Costa del Golf”.

Twenty-five years later, the Costa is home to 70 golf courses, the most of any similar-sized region in Europe, extending for 120 kilometres from the Axarquía area east of Málaga city to Sotogrande – actually in Cádiz province but customarily grouped under the Costa del Sol moniker by local tourism authorities.

In the intervening (and preceding) years, the area has hosted an impressive calendar of international tournaments, including the World Cup, World Golf Championship and numerous European Tour (now known as the DP World Tour) events. Plus, most notably in recent years, the Ladies European Tour. 

Now, in just under a year, it will be the LET in the global spotlight when Finca Cortesín is the venue for the Solheim Cup. Like the Ryder Cup back in 1997, it will be the first time Spain has hosted the biennial match between Europe and the United States and, in a sense, this completes the cycle for the Costa del Golf – especially with the event appropriately being held just down the highway from Valderrama.

Post-2023 will essentially be the dawn of a new era for this flagship European golfing destination, as a fully-consolidated natural international home for both the men’s and the women’s professional tour golfing elites.

Tickets on Sale

In the meantime, however, travelling golfers have the opportunity of being first-hand spectators of this historic new milestone on the Costa del Sol. The respective team captains have already been named, players are determinedly embarking on their respective journeys to potential team selections, and tickets are now on sale  (bookings@golfinspain.com or Tel. +34 95 247484) for the Cup match, to be held during the week of 18-24 September.

Solheim Cup History

Named after Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, a driving force behind its creation, the Solheim Cup was inaugurated in 1990 at Lake Nona in Florida. It is a biennial match play competition pitting the Ladies European Tour’s top 12 players against the 12 best US players from the LPGA Tour.

The event was held in even-numbered years until 2002, alternating with the men’s Ryder Cup equivalent, but switched to odd-numbered years (beginning in 2003) after the 2001 Ryder Cup was postponed due to the 11 September terrorist attacks. COVID-19 prompted another reshuffle in 2020, with the Ryder Cup being held in 2021 and 2023, and the Solheim Cup returning in 2024 after its 2023 edition in Spain.

The US team won the first Solheim Cup in 1990, and currently hold a 10-7 advantage, although Europe are the defending champions after their 15-13 victory at Inverness Club in Ohio last year.

Leading the teams for the 2023 Cup will be Norwegian Suzann Pettersen, who retired as a professional after holing the winning putt for the Europeans in the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, and Stacy Lewis, who competed in all four Solheim Cups from 2011 to 2017 

In 2024, the event will move to the Robert Trent Jones Club in Gainesville (Virginia).

Championship Course

Finca Cortesín already has a global tour – and championship match play – pedigree. Located near the coast in Casares municipality (between Marbella and Sotogrande), the club hosted the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championships.

The course was designed by Cabell B. Robinson, an American who once worked for Robert Trent Jones before basing himself on the Costa del Sol and becoming one of the area’s most prolific and highly respected golf course architects.

He is currently working with the Finca Cortesín team to make minor changes to the course, specifically for the Solheim Cup, including re-routing some of the holes.

In addition to the stunningly picturesque course, the Finca Cortesín resort includes a Jack Nicklaus Academy, elegantly appointed clubhouse amenities, a luxurious avant-garde hotel, restaurants offering a diverse selection of gourmet cuisine, a fitness and racquet club, and a beach club one kilometre away. 

Premier Tourist Destination 

Golf enthusiasts making the trip to the Costa del Sol in September 2023 will not only be able to enjoy watching top international action on Finca Cortesín’s meticulously manicured fairways, but also be able to play golf themselves at one or more of the area’s 70 courses.

For après golf leisure and relaxation, the Costa del Sol has several Michelin-star restaurants, chic beach clubs and spas, and other high-end state-of-the-art sports amenities and gyms, located in both modern urban centres and rustic mountain “white villages” such as Casares itself.

It is also conveniently located for those who would like to explore further afield, to Málaga city (recognised as one of Europe’s most enchanting cultural hubs) and other venerable Andalucía cities including Granada, Córdoba and Sevilla.

Madrid is just a two and a half hour journey from Málaga on the high-speed AVE train, and Portugal’s Algarve region is a leisurely half-day drive away and also home to numerous first-class golf courses.

Top Hotels

The Costa del Sol is well-connected throughout its 100 kilometres-plus of coastline and mountain hinterland. This means visitors can stay close by the Solheim Cup venue in Sotogrande or opt for a hotel in one of the major towns to the east (Marbella, Estepona, Mijas, Fuengirola or Benalmádena). Or even enjoy a longer “commute” to Finca Cortesín from Ronda, Alhaurín or Antequera.

If you are looking for a hotel or other accommodation option coinciding with next year’s Solheim Cup – or at any other time of the year – contact us at  bookings@golfinspain.com or Tel. +34 95 247484.

 




Finca Cortesín estrenará hoyo 1 coincidiendo con la Solheim Cup 2023

El espectacular ambiente que generalmente vive el primer hoyo de una competición como la Solheim Cup, se asegura aún más en Finca Cortesín, con el “nuevo” hoyo 1 que el campo prepara para la ocasión.

Se buscaba espacio para público y emoción desde el primer golpe y el actual hoyo 4 reunía todas las condiciones. De esta manera, el “nuevo” hoyo 1 de la Solheim Cup 2023 será un par 4 elevado de 256 metros, con un gran lago en la parte izquierda que llega hasta la entrada del green, una calle estrecha y bien protegida, y un green amplio pero movido.

El campo prepara ya los cambios necesarios al recorrido para esta modificación al orden de juego. Stacey Lewis, la capitana estadounidense, ha tenido ocasión de comprobar las características del nuevo hoyo 1 de Finca Cortesín y no dudó en alabar su elección: “Creo que nunca hemos tenido un hoyo 1 como éste en la Solheim Cup. Se puede llegar a green pero el agua entra bastante en juego”.

Así mismo, Lewis también destacó la forma del tee de este hoyo, ya que “es como un anfiteatro, las gradas van a estar en alto, prácticamente encima de ti, lo que hará que se sienta al público muy cerca. Sin duda, es un gran hoyo para la Solheim Cup”, finalizó.


5 Reasons Why Murcia is a Travelling Golfer’s Paradise

 

When considering a golfing trip to Murcia you can be sure that your key holiday bullet points are all well covered.

 

First, the weather will be superb for golf, in an area renowned for having more than 300 days of sunshine a year and justifiably known as the “Warm Coast” (“Costa Cálida”). 

Second, you will be able to play at a different club every day, as the region has 22 outstanding courses – both inland and in its popular coastal resorts. 

Third, away from the fairways you will have plenty of other leisure activities to keep you – and any non-golfing companions – fully entertained, from nautical activities to hiking in the mountains.

Fourth, the region offers a diverse and extensive selection of accommodation options, from five-star luxury hotels by the beach to rustic boutique hotels surrounded by stunning nature parks.

And finally, closing out our top five reasons for planning a getaway on the Costa Cálida, for golfing foodies and wine-lovers Murcia truly is a gastronomic jewel. The region was Spain’s official “Capital of Gastronomy” in 2020 and 2021, in recognition of its exceptional Mediterranean cuisine and three “Denomination of Origin” wine regions: Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla.


Checkout our October 22 promotion:

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Valid for reservations in Murcia of at least €600. Not combinable with other offers or with more than one reservation per customer.




How to repair pitch marks

Are you one of those who bends down?

We all like to find a “carpet” when we reach the green. An unrepaired pitch mark could take up to four weeks to recover, or just one or two days if repaired right on the spot. As well as being aware of the golfing etiquette of bending down, it is also important to know how to repair a pitch mark correctly.

In this video, recorded at a course with some of the best greens in the world, Royal Valderrama Club, you can see how the professionals repair pitch marks.

And you – do you bend down?

 


Update of rates to fly with golf clubs according to the different airlines

We have updated the chart of rates to be able to travel with golf clubs. There hasn´t been much of a variation in prices since the last update.

In most airlines, if you exceed the maximum weight of 23kg of luggage, you will have to pay a certain amount for the excess.

From the last rate chart that was published in 2019 and up to today, it must be taken into account that in the majority of cases it is cheaper to prebook in advance and it is very important to remember that the payment is usually per trip. Payment at the airport is usually more expensive than doing it beforehand online.

Regarding the golf clubs to transport them, invest in a good travel bag, preferably rigid, since this way they will be more protected. Pack your clubs carefully, if you use a soft tissue travel bag, protect your clubs by wrapping them with cloth, towels or bubble wrap.

If you want to travel lighter of luggage and more comfortable, we can offer you the possibility to rent golf clubs in almost all destinations.

 


Two Catalunya Events Added to 2022 DP World Tour Schedule

The Catalan region will be hosting two new events on this year’s DP World Tour. The Spanish double-header begins with the ISPS Handa Championship at Infinitum (Tarragona) from April 21 to 24, followed by the Catalunya Championship at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness (Girona) from April 28 to May 1. Each tournament will have a prize fund of US$2 million.

Previously known as Lumine, Infinitum Golf was a second stage Qualifying School venue from 2012 until it succeeded PGA Catalunya as host venue for the Qualifying School final from 2017 to 2019.

A European Tour Destination, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness was the Qualifying School final venue for nine consecutive years from 2008 to 2016, and it has also hosted four full Tour events: the 1999 Sarazen World Open won by Thomas Bjørn, and three Open de España events, in 2000, 2009 and 2014. In winning the latter, Miguel Ángel Jiménez extended his own record as the Tour’s oldest winner – to 50 years and 133 days.

Two other events on the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) are scheduled for Spain this year: the Acciona Open de España Presented by Madrid from 6 to 9 October at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid; and the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters from 13-16 October at Royal Valderrama Club. The week of 20-23 October is currently open for a yet-to-be-confirmed European event which may also be held in Spain.

 


Official Presentation of EDAM at Royal Valderrama Club

The traditional press conference to present the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters was held today at Royal Valderrama Club. The official presentation was presided over by Valderrama general manager Javier Reviriego, the deputy minister for tourism with the Junta de Andalucía (regional government), Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, a representative of San Roque Town Hall and Pablo Mansilla, president of the Royal Andalucian Golf Federation. 

Confirming the previously announced news that Jon Rahm would be teeing up in the tournament, Javier Reviriego thanked the world number one for his support. He also referred to measures adopted by the club as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, replacing some lateral grass areas with pine bark, commonly known as “munch”, and noted that the plan was to maintain the course’s high level of difficulty for this year’s tournament. Reviriego once again emphasised, without going into details, that Valderrama’s objective was to ensure that the tournament continued to grow in the future, indicating that he “hopes to have news soon” and adding that , if rumours of a joint circuit between the European Tour and U.S. PGA Tour materialised, he envisaged Valderrama being one of the venues.

Meanwhile, deputy minister for tourism Manuel Alejandro Cardenete highlighted data on tourism’s solid recovery in recent months, surpassing Cataluña for the first time as the premier national destination, and forecast a total of five million visitors during the autumn period.

 

Jon Rahm at Valderrama
Photo Bosco Martín

Jon Rahm Returns to Valderrama

World number one and reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm confirmed back in August that he would return to Royal Valderrama Club this year.

In his last appearance at Valderrama in 2019, Rahm finished runner-up to Christiaan Bezuidenhout in that year’s edition of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters.

“I have some unfinished business at Valderrama, that’s for sure,” said Rahm. “As a Spaniard, it’s a golf course where we all want to win. As soon as you arrive you get a real sense of the history of the venue and the great moments that have taken place there over the last 30 years. To be a part of that would really be an honour.

“I’ve had nothing but great experiences of playing in front of home crowds. Spanish golf fans are truly special, and I can’t wait to see them lining the fairways again.”

 


Los Lagos and Los Olivos now open in Mijas Golf

Great news coming from Mijas Golf in Costa del Sol. Both courses, Los Lagos and Los Olivos will now again be fully operational after their maintenance ends. This means low season rates until September 19th and both courses available thereafter.

Good to see our friends in Mijas Golf fully operational again.

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