Facts About the Solheim Cup Trophy

Solheim Cup teams holding the trophy

The Solheim Cup trophy — the literal Solheim Cup — is an impressive crystal, cut-glass trophy. The team (United States or Europe) that wins the tournament named the Solheim Cup gets to keep that trophy for two years, until the next tournament comes around.

How big is the Solheim Cup trophy? This is the tale of the tape:

  • Weight: More than 20 pounds
  • Height: 19 inches, including the base
  • Diameter of wooden base: 8 inches
  • Diameter at top: 4 inches
The trophy is Waterford Crystal, designed by one of Waterford's top designers, Billy Briggs, in 1990. That was the year of the first Solheim Cup tournament. When it is displayed, it sits on a wooden base.

The wood used in the base is mahogany. The base is 2.5 inches in height and the crystal cup itself (minus the base) is 17 5/8 inches in height. The mahogany base is expandable: As the tournament grows older, more winning scores will be added around the circumference of the base. That will eventually lead to the base growing in height to accommodate more scores.

There is an engraving of the trophy on the trophy: A panel on one side of the crystal is engraved with the Solheim Cup logo, and the logo incorporates the trophy itself.

The Waterford Cyrstal website states:

"Richly decorated with deeply incised patterns, The Solheim Cup trophy demanded the highest standard of workmanship from our Master Craftsmen of three great crafts of crystal smaking – blowing, cutting and engraving. Using a technique that has hardly changed since the Middle Ages, the centre panel features a superb intaglio engraving of The Solheim Cup logo, which was designed to incorporate the trophy."

Photo credit: Wojciech Migda (wmigda) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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