The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland, the host of the 2014 Ryder Cup, has reopened after extensive course modifications, overseen by original architects Nicklaus Design.
The course closed for the work last October. Over 50,000 tonnes of earth have been moved at the course over the past six months, with 30,000 square metres of turf laid, and 1,000 tonnes of new sand used in bunkers. The work included the installation of a SubAir system on all 18 greens in addition to the putting green. All bunkers have been fitted with the Better Billy Bunker system developed at Augusta National.
Director of golf Stuart McEwen said: “It’s been a challenging but hugely rewarding six months for all involved in the redesign. We are thrilled with how the golf course is shaping up and the recent changes made will certainly make a big difference, particularly the eighteenth. By successfully completing the redesign changes now, thousands of golfers will be able to enjoy playing the golf course prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup.”
Course manager Scott Fenwick added: “The work on the eighteenth should make for a much more dramatic and challenging hole for players, creating a real risk/reward for those who decide to go for the hole in two. For tournament golf, the new amphitheatre at the eighteenth will improve spectator views and create a bit more of a buzz around the finishing hole. Some of the technology we’re using really is at the cutting edge. We’re the first club in the UK 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.