West Des Moines, IA (Sports Network) - The LPGA announced on Monday that Des Moines Golf and Country Club has been selected to host the 2017 Solheim Cup.
The club hosted the 1999 U.S. Senior Open, which drew a record 252,800 spectators. The 2017 Solheim Cup will be the 15th playing of the event.
"Bringing the Solheim Cup to Des Moines Golf and Country Club continues our tradition of matching this world-class event with a venue that shares PING's passion for showcasing the best in team golf," said John Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. "Their history of holding tournaments of this magnitude makes them an excellent choice to host the event. While four years away, we're already looking forward to joining Iowa and the Des Moines community in the staging of the 15th Solheim Cup."
The Solheim Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event played between American women and ladies from Europe.
"We are very excited to be heading to the Des Moines Golf and Country Club for the 2017 Solheim Cup," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "The support that the Des Moines community has shown for golf events in the area has been tremendous. Based on the incredible welcome that we've already seen from the city, state, and local organizers, I have no doubt that the 2017 Solheim Cup is already on track to be the best event we've ever staged."
The European team cruised to a convincing 18-10 win at the 2013 Solheim Cup at Colorado Golf Club. It was Europe's first win on American soil, and it was the first time that the Europeans won back-to-back Cups. The U.S. leads the all- time series 8-5. The 2015 Solheim Cup will be contested in Germany at the Golf Course St. Leon-Rot.