The Costa del Sol has now presented its application to host the 2023 edition of the Solheim Cup, and, if successful, this will be the first time the competition has taken place in Spain since it began in 1990, and only the fourth time outside the British Isles.
The application was formally announced at an event with international tour operators, which was attended by Francisco Salado, the president of the Diputación (theMalaga provincial government) and the Costa del Sol Tourist Board; the vice-president of the Diputación, Margarita del Cid; the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, the mayor of Benahavís, Jose Antonio Mena; the mayor of Mijas, Josele González; the president of the RFEG, Gonzaga Escauriaza and the president and manager of the RFGA, Pablo Mansilla and Miguel Navarro, respectively, among others. They all agreed to work together to bring the Solheim to the Costa del Sol in 2023.
The president of the Ladies European Tour, Marta Figueras-Dotti, told the gathering that the region meets all the conditions to host the Solheim and that the 2023 edition would be the best in the history of the Cup.
It has not yet been decided which town on the Costa del Sol would host the Cup, but Marbella council has already signed a sponsorship contract for 1.8 million euros. The mayor says it would promote the town as the perfect destination for a golfing holiday and for holding prestigious events, and would have a direct financial impact in the area of 337 million euros. The two-yearly women's golfing championship is televised to 350 million homes for 2,500 hours.