The president of the Diputación and Turismo Costa del Sol, Francisco Salado, has underlined the leadership of the Costa del Sol as the world capital of golf in the events of the ‘One Year to Go’ of the Solheim Cup. In addition, he has highlighted that, With a year to go until the most important women’s golf competition in the world begins, more than 20,000 tickets have already been sold.
Salado has attended the different events that mark the start of the countdown to the tournament, such as a tournament on hole 1 of Finca Cortesín, in which Suzanne Petersen, captain of the European Solheim Cup team, has participated, along with several ‘ celebrities’. Likewise, the countdown and the ‘longest swing’ have been started, an event in which 365 children have participated with a blow from the Puerto Banús dam into the sea with biodegradable balls.
“Now we can say that the dream has come true and is getting closer”, said the president of the Costa del Sol Provincial Council and Tourism, who also expressed his satisfaction with the fact that this event comes in such a “sweet moment”, after the balance of a summer that has placed the Costa del Sol destination on the path of consolidation and in which the forecasts have improved in most of the indicators.
Salado added that the Solheim Cup “confirms the destination’s leadership in the golf segment and the culmination of a cooperative project on which many institutions have been working for years.” In addition, she has underlined the opportunity that the celebration of this important tournament represents to strengthen the position of Costa del Sol as a safe tourist destination and strengthen the commitment to women’s golf.
In this sense, the president of the Diputación and Turismo Costa del Sol has pointed out that this segment is especially interesting, since “the female golfer spends more and enjoys a wider complementary offer”. Likewise, the Solheim Cup will be a splendid opportunity to showcase the facilities that the Costa del Sol has for playing golf.
From this moment on, the Costa del Sol steps on the accelerator to host the most important women’s golf event in the world, the Solheim Cup, the tournament that will bring together the elite of women’s golf from Europe and the United States at Finca Cortesín in September next year.
This tournament will be held for the first time on Spanish territory, which is the most important women’s golf event in the world, which takes place every two years and pits the best European and American players against each other in a match-play format.
The women’s version of the Ryder Cup will be held from September 18 to 23, 2023. “We are very proud that an event of this magnitude will once again make Costa del Sol the center of attention from around the world,” Salado said. .
The tournament has become the most prestigious team competition on the international golfing calendar, as some of the most memorable moments in golf history have been experienced in this competition. The European team, captained by Suzann Pettersen, will try to reimpose the American, as it has done in four of the last six editions, reversing the dominant trend of its counterpart.
Salado has indicated that “the Costa del Sol is the destination in continental Europe with the highest concentration of golf courses – it has more than 70 – which, added to an exceptional climate throughout the year, means that the Costa del Sol It is known as the Costa del Golf.
“Fans of this sport find here not only a wide variety of fields where they can practice their ‘swing’, but also a wide range of accommodation and high-level services that offer the possibility of enjoying our renowned hospitality and tasting our exquisite Andalusian cuisine. ”, he pointed out. In addition, the golf courses on the Costa del Sol already have experience in hosting elite competitions such as the Ryder Cup or the World Golf Championships, among others.
Salado has also highlighted the excellence of the exclusive Finca Cortesín resort that houses, among other facilities, a five-star hotel and a magnificent 18-hole, 7,500-yard competition golf course, in addition to the avant-garde Jack Niclaus Academy. The course, designed by Cabell Robinson, is one of the longest in Europe and has previously hosted high-level tournaments, including the Volvo World Match Play Championship three times, one of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments in the world. .