Foxhills Club & Resort has cemented its standing as a prime venue for professional tournaments as it prepares to host the PGA Cup for the second time this September.
After successfully holding the prestigious event in 2017, the Surrey resort becomes only the second Great Britain & Ireland venue in the PGA Cup’s 49-year history to be chosen twice, following the lead of 2006 Ryder Cup host venue, The K Club in Ireland (1992 and 2005).
The PGA Cup is a contest steeped in history between The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and the PGA of America. The event is seen as the pinnacle for any PGA Professional as both teams go head-to-head in a Ryder Cup format to win The Llandudno International Trophy.
Albert Mackenzie led Great Britain & Ireland to an emphatic 16-10 victory in 2017 as his team recorded back-to-back wins over the Americans for the very first time, marking a memorable event the last time Foxhills hosted.
The 2022 competition will take place between September 16-18 and will be the 30th meeting of the two teams. Great Britain & Ireland will be looking to regain the title on home soil after the Americans were crowned winners last time out following a dramatic meeting in 2019. Cameron Clark’s Great Britain & Ireland team led 10-6 heading into the final day at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas, but the hosts produced a remarkable comeback to win 14-12.
The PGA Cup will again be played on Foxhills’ esteemed Longcross course. Surrounded by Scots pine, beech and silver birch, it is renowned as one of Surrey’s top tree-lined layouts and consistently features in UK top 100 rankings.
Combining parkland and heathland-style holes, it will provide a thrilling challenge for the professionals, demanding precision to plot their way around with several eye-catching elevated tees set amongst stunning Surrey countryside
Robert Maxfield, chief executive of The PGA, said: “Foxhills proved to be a popular venue for both sets of teams in 2017 with the players, coaches and officials commenting on the excellent facilities, while the Longcross course was in fantastic condition. Everyone involved with the PGA Cup five years ago continues to look back on that week with very fond memories and are very excited to return in September.
“We look forward to working with the team at Foxhills throughout the year and I am certain the venue will prove to be a popular choice again for all of the players and the ideal venue to showcase the talents of both sets of players from either side of the Atlantic.”
Foxhills’ director of golf and leisure, Chris Fitt, said: “It’s a huge privilege and an honour to host this prestigious event for a second time and everyone at Foxhills is excited to be a part of another fantastic week of golf. Preparations are well underway as we look to deliver another successful event, improving from 2017 to make it an even better experience for both the players and spectators.”
Foxhills has a long tradition of hosting elite level golf after staging several high-profile PGA and PGA EuroPro Tour events, including the European Tour’s Tournament Players Championship and the Tour’s Qualifying School.