The first hole of the 2023 Solheim Cup will be unlike any other in the history of the event. This is because the organizers of Finca Cortesin in Spain have created a manageable par 4 opening hole to increase the challenge and suspense. The new 280-yard par 4 has a large lake on the left side that runs to the front of a sizable green.
“It is a good decision to have made this change,” Finca Cortesin CEO Vicente Rubio said in a statement. “The characteristics of the new hole one will allow us to accommodate more than 1,000 people on the tee, which will create a great atmosphere. I think it’s the perfect hole to start a Solheim Cup.
“This hole is, as they say, a risk-reward hole. Players can try to hit the green with a shot or play more conservatively. The design of the hole and the great difference in level between the tee and the green will make it a spectacle, and I have no doubt that it will be a success”.
The event will be held in Spain for the first time in a year, from September 22 to 24. Suzann Pettersen will lead Europe, who have won the last two contests, and Stacy Lewis will captain Team USA.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a first hole like this in the Solheim Cup,” Lewis said. “You can get to the green, but the water comes into play a lot… It’s like an amphitheater. The stands will be high up, practically above you, which will make the audience feel very close. It is definitely a great hole for the Solheim Cup.”
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