Unbuilt Nicklaus course awarded Solheim Cup

By Sean Dudley

The Ladies European Tour (LET) has awarded the 2011 Solheim Cup to an as-yet unbuilt course at Killeen Castle, County Meath, Ireland. Executive director Alexandra Armas said: "The Solheim Cup has grown rapidly over the last few years, never more notably than in 2003, when it was held at Barseback in Sweden. Sweden was an outstanding success for us with over 100,000 spectators, live TV coverage in Europe and the United States. We were delighted to receive bids from seven different countries, England, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland and Spain.We have chosen Ireland and Killeen Castle for a number of reasons. The first of which is the superb way the whole nation supported the Ryder Cup in September. The second is that we believe modern Ireland is a young vibrant society compatible with the image we wish to promote for ladies golf.

"The course is designed by Jack Nicklaus and is designed for spectator viewing. There are ample grounds for spectator parking and all the facilities needed for a major golf event. It is easy reach of both Dublin and the international airport. As you may know the venue is still in development. The golf course will open in autumn 2008 and the hotel in 2009." Jack Nicklaus said: "As the course designer, I am proud to be part of what is happening at Killeen Castle. It is phenomenal, what with the Castle as a focal point. You have wonderful facilities to stage the Solheim Cup or the Ryder Cup in the future. It is a very strong course and will be nicely matured for 2011."

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