Iowa will host its first LPGA event in more than 50 years when the Solheim Cup is staged at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in 2017.
The LPGA made it official in a news conference Monday at the club. The Americans will meet Europe in the 15th staging of the biennial matches on specific dates to be announced later.
Des Moines Golf and Country Club's North Course proved a highly successful venue for the U.S. Senior Open in 1999, attracting an event record 252,000 spectators for the week. Iowa has been home to 10 LPGA events, but none since 1966, when the Waterloo Open was last staged.
“The support that the Des Moines community has shown for golf events in the area has been tremendous,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “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.”
LPGA pros Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson appeared with Whan at the news conference Monday. Iowa’s Gov. Terry Branstad and Ping CEO John Solheim also attended. The LPGA announced that DuPont will join Ping and Rolex as global partners in the event.
The Europeans won the Solheim Cup staged at Colorado Golf Club last month, marking their first victory on American soil. The 2015 Solheim Cup is scheduled to be played in Germany at the St. Leon-Rot club outside Frankfurt.
Des Moines Golf and Country Club’s North Course, a Pete Dye design, was home to the U.S. Senior Open won by Dave Eichelerger in ’99. The club actually features two Dye courses, allowing the facility to also host the Junior Solheim Cup during Solheim Cup week.