The inaugural multi-sport 2018 European Championships will see the European Golf Team Championships staged for the first time, a tournament to be held on the historic Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course, the host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Backed by both the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the championships will see men and women compete for their countries on the same course simultaneously in top-level competition for the first time in the history of the sport.
The tournament will be staged over five days and include men’s team, women’s team and mixed team competitions in a Match Play format. Two male and female golfers per nation will participate, with the top 16 European nations taking part.
Gleneagles was chosen as the host venue thanks in part to its rich history of holding top-class events, as well as its excellent transport links to Glasgow, so that it can be integrated into the wider European Championships.
Director of Golf at Gleneagles Gary Silcock said: “This is going to be an exceptional and inspiring sporting event in 2018.
“Gleneagles has a long history of raising the bar and advancing the game of golf – including hosting the very first match between British and American professionals in 1921, an event that was the precursor to what became the Ryder Cup."
We are therefore tremendously proud to be supporting not just one but two further ground-breaking moments in sport – the introduction of golf in the European Championships for the first time and, more significantly, the world’s first joint men’s and women’s team golf tournament.
“These developments represent game-changing progress in the sport and will strengthen Gleneagles’ reputation as one of the foremost golfing event venues in the world.”
The tournament will build on the successful return of golf to the Olympic programme in Rio 2016, where Great Britain’s Justin Rose won the men’s gold medal.
The championships will see men and women compete for their countries on the same course simultaneously in top-level competition for the first time in the history of the sport.
Great Britain’s Danny Willett and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson won the 2016 US Masters and British Open respectively, the latter also taking the silver medal behind Rose in Rio, to herald a successful year for European golf in the countdown to the 2018 European Championships.
Official Golf Venue
Gleneagles is making golfing history as the Official Golf Venue of the first ever European Golf Team Championships. Official Supporter Gleneagles is home to some of the best golf facilities in the world including three championship courses and the PGA National Golf Academy.
Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Perth & Kinross, this Jack Nicklaus-designed course is probably best remembered as the setting for Europe’s famous Ryder Cup win over the USA in 2014.
- Team Competition
- Team Competition
- Team Competition
Formed in 1972, the European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour and the Senior Tour. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, the Ryder Cup. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England.
The Ladies European Tour (LET) is headquartered at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club near London and celebrates women’s golf on a global stage. Formed in 1978, the LET operates tournaments across six continents and The Solheim Cup, which has been played biannually since 1990 and has become one of the biggest female sporting events in the world. The LET Access Series is the official developmental tour and bridges the gap from amateur to professional golf, giving young players the opportunity to gain valuable competitive experience and progress onto the main professional tour.