In the week that Celtic Manor welcomes the
Ryder Cup, QHotels’ Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort has been selected by UK
Sport as the UK’s chosen venue to bid to host golf’s 2015 Solheim Cup. Forest
Pines beat off competition from The London Golf Club to carry the flag for the
Organisers will choose next year between
Forest Pines and the other European courses, including front-runner, La
Manga in Spain.
The tournament is next scheduled to take
place at the 12th
Castle in County
Forest Pines, in North Lincolnshire,
boasts a 27-hole championship golf course and QHotels has pledged to invest more
than £500,000 into developing the venue if the bid is successful.
Forest Pines is set in 190 acres of
countryside and its hotel has 188 bedrooms, three bars and restaurants plus nine
meeting and conference rooms, with the largest – the Tennyson suite – catering
for up to 370 delegates.
The tournament – the women’s equivalent of
the Ryder Cup – has never been hosted in England
and is expected to draw 100,000 visitors during the week of play.
Such a figure would fill the local
accommodation base for around 75 miles and create an estimated 15,000
Michael Purtill, Managing Director of QHotels
said: “We are incredibly proud to be bidding for this event. It is very clear
that the decision, which could bring £35m into the local economy, will have a
positive legacy not only for Forest Pines, but for the North Lincolnshire
region. We are confident that we can provide a world class experience for all of
our visitors should the bid be successful.”
The 2013 venue for The Solheim Cup is
Colorado Golf Club.