Solheim Cup 2019
6 things you need to know
24 players. 3 days of world class golf. 5,065 yards of action.
Without a doubt, the Solheim Cup is the most exciting competition in women’s golf. Can’t wait for it to start? Us too. In fact, there are less than 2 months to go. 2 MONTHS! So, we have decided to get you up to speed with 6 essentials to help you prepare for one of the world’s best (and most iconic, in our opinion) sporting events.
1. What is the Solheim Cup?
Simply put, The Solheim Cup takes place every 2 years over the course of 3 days, with the top women professional golfers from Europe and the USA competing head to head for glory. The tournament follows a similar format to The Ryder Cup, meaning there is a total of 28 matches.
Each team has 12 players, with Juli Inkster leading the USA Team and Cartiona Matthew heading up the European Team. The USA Team has won the last 2 editions and 10 times overall, versus Europe’s 5 wins in total. Will the USA Team have the same winning streak as the USA team in this year’s Women’s Football World Cup? Time will tell…
2. When did it all start?
It all started back in Florida in 1990 and named after club manufacturer Karsten Solheim (who was the main driving force for the tournament). Taking turns between being hosted in Europe and the USA, there have been 15 a-ma-zing tournaments to date that have been played all over the world.
3. Where will it be held this year?
From the 9th to the 15th September 2019, the cup will be returning to Scotland, the ‘Home of Golf’, for the first time since 2000. The PGA Century Course at Gleneagles will be the centre of the golfing universe, hosting the iconic tournament, as it did for the thrilling Ryder Cup in 2014.
4. What is the best way to get there?
Car – Gleneagles is about a 20 minute drive from Crieff Hydro. There will be temporary route changes to get to Gleneagles to help minimise road disruption, so if you plan on driving make sure to follow local road signs rather than your sat nav. Keep in mind that there are a limited number of on-site car park tickets, so if this is your preferred choice we suggest you buy your car parking ticket in advance.
Bus – if you don’t fancy driving, there will be a park and ride service from McDiarmid Park in Perth (about a 30 minute drive from Crieff Hydro) that will take to you to and from the action.
Train – if you love trains and it is your favourite way to travel then you will be happy to hear that Gleneagles has it’s own station (yay!). You can buy train tickets from trusty Scotrail. They will also be running a few more train services to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
5. Where can I get tickets?
Getting your mitts on some tickets for the Solheim Cup is pretty simple. Adult day tickets start from £40 and kids under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult (never have we wished for our youth back more). If you would like to get in on the pre-tournament excitement you can visit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for free to watch the teams practice and see the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
6. What else can I do while visiting?
Yes, there are the distilleries, castles and classic walking trails you could do during your visit. All great choices. But have you ever whirred through woodland on a Segway? Lost your breath running, hiding, then taking the perfect shot in woodland combat (friendships have been tested during this game – but what can we say, your competitive side WILL just appear)? How about testing your swing at our swing and ping driving range? Or maybe you need time to chill from all of the excitement of the day, in which case our spa is the perfect place for you. All followed by your perfect serve in one of our bars.