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GLENEAGLES, RYDER CUP COURSE

GLENEAGLES, RYDER CUP COURSE

  

Founded 1993
Yardage back tees 7296 yds
Par 72
Ranking 47th in Scotland
Handicap Restrictions No handicap restrictions apply

 

Gleneagles Ryder Cup Course

The Course itself

Course architect, Jack Nicklaus, described the Centenary as “The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with” when he set about designing Gleneagles’s third course. It’s the longest inland course in Scotland, and although the general advice is to over-hit, given that most of the trouble lies in front, this is often easier said than done. The course became familiar in 2014 when it hosted what was probably something of an underwhelming Ryder Cup (more fireworks in the press conference than the course!).

The 17th has water in the front. T’was here that Patrick Reed missed from inches
– Image by Kevin Murray

Fittingly, the 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 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 in the yonder distant purples of Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs.

The Centenary course was purpose built with matchplay in mind as the closing holes offer all sorts of scoring opportunities with two par 5’s, at 16 and 18, and a driveable par 4, further back on 14. It’s perhaps a little bit unfortunate that the Ryder Cup didn’t really serve up the drama that we’d hoped for. Patrick Reed’s miss of a tiddler on the 16th is perhaps the most remarkable miss you might like to test yourself on and put right, albeit there were a couple of duffed chips on 18 to try as well

The 18th hole on the Ryder/ Solheim Cup course looks a lot less intimidating with the grandstands


  

 

Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs

Driving Range Available Yes
Rental Carts Available Yes
Rental Trolleys Yes
Caddies Yes
Rental Clubs Available Yes
Pro Shop Yes

 

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