Why the Solheim Cup might be the best golf event you can attend

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Golfers around the world will tune in to watch the best female players from the United States and Europe compete in the 18th edition of the Solheim Cup this weekend at beautiful Finca Corestin in Andalucia, Spain. It will be a sight to see. It really can’t compare to being at the Solheim Cup in person, which you can make the argument is one of the best events in golf to attend. Let us explain.

The Ryder Cup is golf’s most boisterous event—supercharged patriotism creates an electric atmosphere that is among the best in any sport. The Solheim Cup is the same, but it’s actually more of a party. There’s live music playing on tee boxes during practice rounds, and in general it’s a more relaxed, friendly and personal setting than the Ryder Cup, which is bold and in your face.

You can also get close enough to see the action, unlike the Ryder Cup where tens of thousands of fans line every fairway. All the matches are taking place on a consecutive four-to-five-hole stretch, meaning it’s easy to bounce back and forth to watch it all.

That doesn’t mean the Solheim Cup is absent of fanfare. Far from it. The same “ole’s” and “U-S-A” chants accompany the action—and fans don fun and flamboyant outfits at the Solheim Cup, just like they do for the Ryder Cup.

You’re treated to watching the sport’s brightest young stars in a different environment. Take this year for example, you’ll get close to Nelly Korda, World No. 1 Lilia Vu, rising star Rose Zhang, Leona Maguire, U.S. Open champ Allisen Korpuz, to name a few. Emotions will be high, and you’ll see them performing at the highest level in a team event, which we don’t get too often.

There’s a real sense of unity amongst the fans at a Solheim Cup, recognizing that you’re lucky enough to support these female stars that deserve more attention and accolades. Those bonds will lead to meeting great spectators who have traveled from around the world for the same privilege.

One of the most rewarding parts of planning any trip is finding the best, hidden gem courses to add to your itinerary. Booking a trip to the Solheim Cup is no different. Just like any major golf event, there are always great courses to be found outside the venue. This week in Spain is no different—with Spain being one of Europe’s No. 1 travel destinations. An easy trip would’ve been playing some of Spain’s great courses, including Valderrama, La Reserva and the stunning new La Hacienda Links. But let’s take a look at 2024, given that’s what you can plan around.

The 2024 Solheim Cup matches will take place at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va. (above), which has hosted four Presidents Cups and a PGA Tour event in 2015. Our partners are Premier Golf are offering packages as low as $2,000 for a four-night stay that includes accommodations, transportation to the Solheim Cup daily with grounds passes, plus a golf day in the golf-rich area outside the Washington-Dules airport.

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