Des Moines Golf and Country Club will host the 2017 Solheim Cup. The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). The United States holds a 9-5 advantage over Europe in Solheim Cup competition after their historic comeback during the 2015 Solheim Cup at St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
The format is a three-day match play competition. The first two days feature four matches of foursome and four matches of fourball on each day, with the final day being twelve singles matches. In foursomes, two players from the U.S. play against two players from Europe, with each team playing only one ball (alternate shot). Fourball competition is also made up of two-payer teams from each side, but each player plays her own ball throughout the match, with only the lowest score pre-team recorded on each hole. In singles, two players compete head to head. In all three formats, the lowest score wins each hole.
Scoring is based on a points system with 28 total points available over three days of competition. One point is awarded for each match won, and half a point is given to each team for matches that end in a tie. The defending champion needs 14 points to retain the Cup, while the other team would require 14-1/2 points to win the event.
Tickets are on sale and can be found here.
Volunteer information can be found here.
Additional information about the Solheim Cup can be found here.