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The PGA Centenary Course

 

Host Venue of The 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup. 

 

The PGA® Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus, is a modern classic.

 

Even for a champion and acclaimed golf architect like Nicklaus, The PGA Centenary Course was a challenge. It had to be a truly great golf course, set as it is in the heart of Scotland, the country that gave the world golf. Thankfully Nicklaus described the course as "the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with".

 

It had to be unique in its challenge, a golf course in the modern design ethos that at its fullest stretch tests 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".

 

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 the feast of views 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. 

 

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Hole 1. Bracken Brae

 

Fern hill.

TEE SHOT
The drive should be played down the left of the fairway to open up the green.

APPROACH
The green, slightly raised above the fairway, is bunkered at the front and back and lies at an angle.

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Hole 2. Wester Greenwells

 

Name of the ruined croft.

TEE SHOT
The best place to drive is down the right half of the fairway.

APPROACH
A second shot, short and right, opens up the green for the third shot. Stay away from the loch and bunkers on the left of the green.

GREEN
A well-bunkered green with two tiers. It is very narrow and rises from front to back.

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Hole 3. Schiehallion

 

Hill of Scots.

TEE SHOT
The drive should be aimed well left to avoid the cluster of bunkers on the right. This opens up the second shot to the green..

APPROACH
Take one club more than you think as all the trouble is at the front. There is a very narrow entrance to the green which widens at the back.

GREEN
A narrow front and wide back to this gently sloping green.

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Hole 4. Gowden Beastie

 

Golden Bear.

TEE SHOT
Avoid the large bunker on the left of the fairway and green. A tee shot aimed to the right half of the green is advisable..

GREEN
A large three-tiered green rising from front to centre and dropping towards the back.

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Hole 5. Crookit Cratur

 

Twisted and undulating.

TEE SHOT
The bold shot is to drive left of the centre of the fairway to give a good line into the green, although the safe line is to the right.

APPROACH
As the entrance to the green is very narrow, aim for the centre of the green and take one club more than you think.

GREEN
A large, gently undulating green.

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Hole 6. Mickle Skelp

 

Small hit.

TEE SHOT
There is a large bunker to the left and marshland to the right. Take plenty of club and aim to the right for a safe option.

GREEN
A narrow green with gentle borrows.

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Hole 7. Larch Gait

 

Larch walk.

TEE SHOT
The drive should be aimed just left of centre to avoid the fairway bunkers. It may be better to hit a long iron or a 3 wood to avoid the bunker on the left.

APPROACH
Care must be taken as the approach shot is blind, but the green is free of bunkers and a generous size.

GREEN
An unguarded green with no significant borrows.

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Hole 8. Sidlin' Brows

 

Succession of undulations along the side of the hill.

TEE SHOT
The drive should be aimed just to the right of the centre of the fairway.

APPROACH
If the approach to the green is missed to the left or long, it can leave an awkward pitch so you have to be accurate.

GREEN
A green with a severe difference in the front and back levels.

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Hole 9. Crook o' Moss

 

Name of the source of the water supply.

TEE SHOT
The drive should be aimed down the centre between the fairway bunkers.

APPROACH
The carry to the green is long and dangerous, so aim you second shot well to the left, leaving an easy pitch up the length of the green.

GREEN
The green falls away to the left. It is narrow and long, but not too difficult to read.

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Hole 10. Sleekit Howe

 

Tricky hollow.

TEE SHOT
The tee shot is from an elevated position so the whole green is visible. Good clubbing is important if the tee shot is to finish on the same level as the pin.

GREEN
There is a small ridge running through the centre of the green, making long putting difficult.

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Hole 11. Laich Burn

 

Name of the stream you play over.

TEE SHOT
Should be aimed to the left of the fairway. Be careful not to go too far and reach the hidden ditch which is just beyond the top of the ridge.

APPROACH
The right club is vital, due to an angled, well-bunkered green with no bail-out area.

GREEN
One of the more undulating greens and tricky to read.

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Hole 12. Carn Mairg

 

Hill of sorrow or difficulty.

TEE SHOT
A good drive will hug the left side, avoiding the two fairway bunkers.

APPROACH
The second shot could be anything from a fairway wood to a short iron. The safe second shot for an average golfer is either a lay up short of the fairway bunker or play for the right side of the green.

GREEN
Bunkers front left and back right protect a green that has a pronounced ridge running across it. Leaving your ball on the same level as the pin is the key to making a good score.

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Hole 13. Wimplin' Wyne

 

Meandering turn.

TEE SHOT
Drive down the left of the fairway to avoid the bunkers on the right.

APPROACH
Take enough club to carry the front bunkers which are some distance short of the front edge of the green. Better to be big here: err on being long as all the trouble is short.

GREEN
A rolling, medium-size green with fairly big borrows and sloping from front to back.

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Hole 14. Nebit Knowe

 

Pointed hillock.

TEE SHOT
Be careful with club selection as the two bunkers in front of the green make this hole deceptive and the green has very narrow depth.

GREEN
The green is fairly flat, wide but not deep, and not difficult to read.

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Hole 15. Ochil Sicht

 

View of the Ochil Hills.

TEE SHOT
Drive to the right half of the fairway to avoid a depression of severe rough on the left.

APPROACH
Accuracy is paramount as the green is very narrow and well bunkered. The second shot is deceiving and requires a longer club than you may think.

GREEN
A long, undulating green with four levels. It is difficult to read and judge the pace.

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Hole 16. Lochan Loup

 

Leap over the small loch.

TEE SHOT
The ideal line is left of the fairway bunker.

APPROACH
The second shot should be short of the loch and in a central position, leaving a short, middle-iron third shot. Don’t be too aggressive here as you could be left with a nasty pitch back down the green.

GREEN
The green has a slight step in the back left corner and small undulations.

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Hole 17. Ca' Canny

 

Be careful.

TEE SHOT
The safe line is right of centre.

GREEN
There is a ridge running up the green making long putting difficult.

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Hole 18. Dun Roamin'

 

Returning home.

TEE SHOT
Keep well left on the fairway to open up the second shot. If you go too far right, the trees will block your second.

APPROACH
The second shot should be placed towards the right of the fairway, leaving a pitch to an angled green. The bunkering around the green is very severe, so beware of straying. From the left, the approach is blind due to the mound behind the bunker. Note that this bunker is set a good 15 yards in front of the green.

GREEN
An undulating green which makes long putting difficult. It is narrow from front to back and has obvious bumps and hollows.

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