Playing the Centenary Course
The PGA® Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus, is a modern classic and was the host Venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup when Europe ran out 16.5 – 11.5 winners over The USA.
Even for a champion and acclaimed golf architect like Nicklaus, The PGA Centenary Course was a challenge. It had to be a great golf course and, set in the heart of Scotland, the country that gave the world golf, Nicklaus described the course as “The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with”.
With a modern design ethos that fully stretches even the greatest players, while, in the immortal phrase of Bobby Jones,” offering problems a man may attempt according to his ability… never hopeless for the lesser player nor failing to concern and interest the expert.”
Significant tournaments that have taken place at Gleneagles include:
Glasgow Herald Tournament from 1920 to 1927
Curtis Cup in 1936
Women’s British Open in 1957
Scottish Open from 1987 to 1994
McDonald’s WPGA Championship of Europe from 1996 to 1999
Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles from 1999 to 2013
40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014
European Golf Team Championships in 2018
Solheim Cup in 2019
Gleneagles, PGA Centenary Course
The tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,815 yards from the white markers down to 5,322 from the red. Fittingly, The PGA Centenary Course, begins by playing southeast towards the glen, sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon.
A feature of The PGA Centenary Course is visual feast of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set. Putting on the two-tier second green, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards over the next few holes, the rugged Grampians come into view on the right, then distantly purple ahead, Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs.
Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course,
The Gleneagles Hotel,