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The Ladies European Tour has announced that Spain will host the 2023 Solheim Cup – the first time the country has staged the biennial battle between the best American and European female professionals.

Finca Cortestin in Andalucia will be the venue for the match, with the exact dates to be confirmed in due course.

Spain
is no stranger to staging high-profile golf events and has a rich history
in both the men’s and women’s games, hosting the Ryder Cup in 1997 as well as 75 events on the LET and LET Access Series calendar.

Following
in the footsteps of Scotland as the most recent destination to host the matchplay event on European soil in 2019 and Toledo,
Ohio, which will stage the upcoming 2021 contest, Spain becomes the sixth
European nation to play host to the greatest team event in women’s golf.

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Located
in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Finca Cortesin is
world-renowned as an elite golfing destination and has staged three
editions of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Making the announcement, Ladies
European Tour CEO Alexandra Armas said: “We are delighted to announce
Spain as the host nation for the 2023 Solheim Cup when it returns to
European soil for the 18th edition of this major international team golf
event. Spain is a passionate golfing nation with knowledgeable fans and
a history of developing generations of talented golfers while
Andalucía’s strong cultural heritage will make for a unique experience
for players, guests and supporters alike.

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Finca Cortesin

“The tournament will not only enhance the country’s reputation as an elite golfing nation but the Costa del Sol as a ‘must visit’ destination, which will help to inspire the next generation of children to take up the game.”

Spanish
golfers have played an integral part in the Solheim Cup since the
inaugural event was held in 1990, with as many as seven players
representing Team Europe over the years. Only Sweden and England have contributed more players to previous European teams. More recently, home
favourite Carlota Ciganda has participated in the last four consecutive
contests, while Costa del Sol star Azahara Munoz also has four
appearances to her name since making her debut in 2011. 

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Deporte
& Business will stage the event, working alongside the Ladies
European Tour to deliver all aspects of the tournament. General manager Íñigo Aramburu said: “It’s an honour getting
the Solheim Cup for Spain. I would
like to thank the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour for the trust
they placed in the Spanish bid.

“I
can assure you we will try to host the best and most fun Solheim Cup in
history. The Costa del Sol is a unique destination in the world and,
thanks to this event, everybody will see it. I would also like to
emphasise that the Solheim Cup venue, Finca Cortesin, is one of the best
in Europe and its hotel has been ranked first in Spain and Portugal, so
the teams will enjoy a world class hospitality in a spectacular
setting.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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