The Solheim Cup which took place at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (USA) in September was very important for Spanish golf, not only in terms of sport but also for the organisation of this prestigious event.
The closing ceremony to the competition, which was won by the Europeans by 15-13 over the Americans with Carlota Ciganda as one of the team's strongest players, was the perfect finishing touch to an exciting week for Spain, as it was publicly announced that the next Solheim Cup will take place at Finca Cortesín in Casares, and will be from 18 to 24 September 2023.
Although the restrictions on travel due to Covid-19 and the current geopolitical situation prevented many of the organisations and institutions who made it possible for the Solheim to come to Spain from attending in Ohio, the organising team did make it to the USA, bursting with enthusiasm and keen to make the advantages of this country known to individuals and American journalists at the competition.
They also had the opportunity to hold a large number of meetings with the main organisations that govern women's golf worldwide, the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour (LET), to continue planning for the championship at Finca Cortesín.
The 'Spain Plaza', which was the operating base for the Spanish representatives at the Inverness Club, was a hive of activity during the week of the Solheim Cup and an ideal platform for providing Americans with information about the golfing, sporting, gastronomic, tourism and cultural attractions of Andalucía, the Costa del Sol and especially Marbella and Benahavís.
The vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía and the regional minister for Tourism have made it clear that the work they carried out during the week in the USA was hugely important.
"Andalucía had the unique occasion of showing professionals in the world of golf its fantastic credentials for organising a competition of this level," said the vice-president and Minister of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration, Juan Marín.
"There is no doubt that this was a brilliant opportunity to advance the plans and coordinate different actions which we are developing for this event, actions which will certainly contribute to promoting the tourism and sport of the destination and consolidating Andalucía among the international golfing elite."
Meanwhile, the president of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board, Francis Salado, described the Solheim Cup as a dream come true .
"It is an unbeatable opportunity to reinforce our position as a safe tourist destination, as well as strengthening our commitment to women's sport in a sustainable event of huge international relevance. It confirms the destination's leading position in the golf segment. It is the culmination of a cooperative project which many institutions have been working on for years, and it places us firmly in the focus of the world's attention," he said.