The 2023 Solheim Cup at Finca Cortesin is finally here and both the European and United States teams are well underway in their preparations for the 18th playing of the biennial team event. As each squad took shape over the last few months, so did the finer details of the competition as Captain Lewis and Captain Pettersen had to narrow down their choices for player gifts, team uniforms and golf bag design. While the player gifts and team uniforms will obviously be different for the two teams, both will be carrying the same style of golf bag this year featuring a new, innovative technology provided by Dow called LuxSense™.
LuxSense™ Silicone Synthetic Leather is the world’s first silicone-based synthetic leather material that can be utilized in numerous ways. LuxSense™ is stain and UV resistant while having all of the characteristics of traditional leather. The product is highly customizable, making it a perfect choice from which to create the bags for the 2023 Solheim Cup, and LuxSense™ Silicone Leather is also abrasion and hydrolysis resistant, meaning that the product can withstand high humidity and high temperatures, both elements that could be a factor this week at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain.
Because of Dow’s ability to create a carbon neutral material and their commitment to sustainability, each bag at the 2023 Solheim Cup is both plasticizer-free and animal-free, meaning that there are lower carbon emissions in the creation process than those that come with manufacturing genuine leather, in large part thanks to Dow’s innovative LuxSense™ technology.
But when it comes to the bag design, the captains can really showcase their individuality by seeding in small features that may not mean much to the naked eye, but that have a strong significance to their respective teams. Captain Lewis made it a point to individualize her team’s bags as much as possible this year, including all sorts of different designs as a nod to past Solheim Cup captains, players and the 13 Founders. Not everything was able to be included in the bag design, but the always creative Lewis worked in those details elsewhere, creating looks for the U.S. team that are entirely unique to the 2023 Solheim Cup.
Take a look at some of the finer details of the official bags and headwear of the U.S. Solheim Cup team.