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To encourage spectacle, Finca Cortesin will alter the opening hole on the 2023 Solheim Cup course

In comparison to other golf competitions, the Solheim Cup's hole 1 atmosphere is unmatched. The atmosphere and volume that the two fans—a European and an American—created with their chants, music, and displays of color cause the show to go to the stands at that precise moment.

For this reason, the three organizations involved in the event's planning — Ladies European Tour, Sport & Business, and Finca Cortesin — agreed that the Solheim Cup's opening hole in 2023 should be a location that not only could draw a large crowd of spectators but also offered golfers a challenge and a spectacle unlike any other.

And that location did exist, but it was actually hole 4 rather than the original hole 1 of the course, so those in charge of Finca Cortesin, with general manager Vicente Rubio at the helm, set to work making the required adjustments.

Since there is now a big lake on the left side of the fairway that extends to the green's entrance, a narrow and well-protected fairway, and a broad but moving green, the new hole 1 for the 2023 Solheim Cup is a par four measuring 256 meters.

"Making this adjustment was a smart move. We will be able to put more than a thousand spectators in the stands on the tee thanks to the features of the new hole 1 for the 2023 Solheim Cup, which will create an amazing atmosphere. This hole, in my opinion, is the precise and ideal way to begin a Solheim Cup", Vicente Rubio said.

"Golfers can aim to reach the green in one shot or play more conservatively on this hole, which is referred to be a risk and reward hole. I have no doubt that it will be a success due to the hole's design and the significant height differential between the tee and the green", he says.

Suzann Pettersen, the European captain, who has played in nine Solheim Cups, has already demonstrated her ability to play this hole. She is extremely familiar with how it feels as a golfer that gets ready to take the opening shot.

"Because you play in this competition for your teammates and your team rather than just yourself, the feelings you have have nothing to do with other golfing experiences, such as leading a major. You give it your all and are willing to give your finest effort. The Solheim Cup's opening tee is a flurry of activity", Pettersen admitted it.

The U.S. captain, Stacey Lewis, has also had a chance to examine the features of the new hole 1 at Finca Cortesin and is quick to commend her decision.

"In the Solheim Cup, I don't believe there has ever been a hole 1 like this. Although you can get to the green, the water is a significant factor. The crowd will feel quite close because the tee is similar to an amphitheater and the stands will be high, almost on top of you. Certainly a fantastic opening hole for the Solheim Cup", Lewis added. It will certainly be a great event, which will show that golf in Spain and in Costa del Sol in particular rotates in the heights where the great stars meet.
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Finca Cortesin Golf

Finca Cortesin is an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, measuring 7,000mt from the back tees and displaying over 100 strategically placed bunkers and is rated as one of the best golf courses in Spain and Europe.
Its most attractive features beyond the service are its landscape and natural environment and the lack of property development around it.
Designed by Cabell Robinson and landscaped by Herald Huggan, it embodies all the natural character they have discovered.
The Volvo World Match Play has elevated Finca Cortesin to a group of great golf courses and world-class event venues, and the hosting of the Solheim Cup in 2023 has proven this.
All green fees at Finca Cortesin benefit exclusively from a bag drop service, warm up balls, and other small amenities typical of great courses that want to provide golfers with a wonderful golfing experience.

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Fantastic from start to finish

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Wonderful place but be prepared to have your golf game tested.

Viraj Popat 2022-07-02
Incredible service and impeccable course. What a treat!

stuart silverlock 2022-07-01
Finca never fails to impress. Great service and an amazing golf course. One of my favourites ????

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Marc Eskenazi 2021-12-03
just fantastic ! beautiful course, greens are super fast, excellent service.

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World Class. Nothing more needs to be said ,!

Stephane Lalanne 2021-11-28
Un golf exceptionnel, depuis le tracé et l'entretien jusqu'au practice. Restaurant un peu cher mais cuisine excellente...

stuart silverlock 2021-11-27
First time back to Finca since 2016 and wow better than before. Service is exceptional as you would expect. Course has matured and now manicured beautifully and finally the the Greens. Wow!! The new Bermuda greens are amazing. The greens have taken the course to another level. Worth every penny of the green fee!

Piotr Dabrowiecki 2021-11-22
Very nice golf course. We were offered complimentary fruits and water. We enjoyed a golf round at Finca Cortesin. The course is quite young, and you can see that in the quality of the grass in some places. But it will be a great golf course soon.

Martin Buehlmann 2021-11-01
Great course in a very good condition. Difficult to play. Awesome greens. Great employees.

Jess Watts 2021-10-04
Finca is truly one of the great courses. A real challenge in a beautiful setting (marred only by some of the more distant views to scree covered hillsides and building work , which you don’t see, for example, from either Valderrama or San Roque). But overall a stunning golf course. The greens were the smoothest and fastest we had ever played on,, slightly better even, in our view, than Valderrama’s. The welcome was friendly and the whole experience highly enjoyable. It’s a tough test of golf though - and long! But not to be missed by anyone wanting to feel they have played the best that Andalusia has to offer.

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Course Difficulty
Yard values are approximated.
Hole: 1
Par: 4
S.I.: 9
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Hole: 2
Par: 3
S.I.: 7
238218myd
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Hole: 3
Par: 5
S.I.: 3
541495myd
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Hole: 4
Par: 4
S.I.: 15
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Hole: 5
Par: 5
S.I.: 11
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Hole: 6
Par: 3
S.I.: 13
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Hole: 7
Par: 4
S.I.: 1
494452myd
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Hole: 8
Par: 5
S.I.: 5
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Hole: 9
Par: 4
S.I.: 17
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Par: 37
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Hole: 10
Par: 3
S.I.: 10
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Hole: 11
Par: 5
S.I.: 2
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Hole: 12
Par: 3
S.I.: 6
224205myd
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Hole: 13
Par: 4
S.I.: 16
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Hole: 14
Par: 4
S.I.: 14
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Par: 4
S.I.: 4
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Par: 4
S.I.: 12
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Par: 3
S.I.: 18
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Hole: 18
Par: 5
S.I.: 8
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Par: 35
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Par: 72
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