2014 Ryder Cup host Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course reopens after a winter of renovations

By Brandon TuckerApril 27, 2012, 2:31 pm

The 18th green at the PGA Centenary Course (photo taken this winter by Gleneagles Staff) received the most changes during the off-season renovation project. 

AUCHTERARDER, Scotland -- After a rainy winter under the knife, the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Resort is reopened and ready for public play.

The course, originally opened in 1993 and designed by Jack Nicklaus, is the newest of three at the Scottish resort in Perth & Kinross about an hour's drive from St. Andrews. It hosts the Johnnie Walker Classic annually on the European Tour and will host the 2014 Ryder Cup Matches.

The decision to renovate can be traced to the weather-maligned 2010 Ryder Cup Course at Celtic Manor in Wales, which served as a warning sign to Gleneagles. The Ryder Cup's move on the calendar into late September and early October to satisfy the PGA Tour and European Tour challenge these types of environments, which tend to receive more rain and don't dry as fast as sandy links courses. Resort officials chose to invest heavily in drainage management, which included SubAir greens and rebuilt bunkers, rather than risk a sequel to 2010's MudWorld

'Some of the technology we're using really is at the cutting edge,' said Scott Fenwick, Golf Courses & Estates Manager at Gleneagles. 'We're the first club in the U.K. to have a fully installed SubAir system on all 19 greens - which should help the greens withstand some of the vagaries of Scotland's climate. We're also the first in Europe to use the 'Better Billy Bunker' drainage method, developed by former Augusta superintendent Billy Fuller.'

From a design standpoint, the most noticeable consistent difference is that many of the course's bunkers originally not visible from the tee will be now.

The hole that changed the most is the par-5 18th. The tee box was raised about 2.5 meters to provide better visibility of the fairway. The final 250 yards of the hole was entirely redone: the fairway was lowered five meters and the green was rebuilt as well as seven surrounding bunkers. On the par-5 9th hole, fairway bunkers were added closer to the green to make more golfers choose to go for the shallow, elevated green in two shots. 

Gleneagles is trumpeting their 2014 staging as the return to the home of the Ryder Cup. While the first official matches were staged in 1927. But resort historians are quick to point out a match in 1921 that brought the best U.S. golfers to the resort to compete in a match versus a British team that included James Braid and Harry Vardon and the match was called the 'International Challenge.' That wasn't staged on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Centenary, of course, but the King's Course, a James Braid masterpiece. 

Whether or not you choose to play the PGA Centenary at Gleneagles or the King's and Queen's, you'll still be able to enjoy resort  enhancements leading up to the event. The Dormy Clubhouse was recently renovated - and the slick locker rooms will be sure to turn even the well-traveled tour pros' heads when the Johnny Walker Classic and Ryder Cup comes calling. The public can book tee times on the PGA Centenary, King's or Queen's Course at Gleneagles.com. 

More on Scotland: A spring fling through Scotland including the Gleneagles Queen's Course, Machrihanish and St. Andrews. 

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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