The Gleneagles Hotel - The PGA Centenary Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7296
Slope 145
Rating 0.0
Type Resort
The PGA Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus at the Gleneagles Hotel property, 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 unique enough to test the greatest players. The tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,804 yards from the white markers down to 5,263 from the red. Fittingly, the golf course begins by playing southeast toward 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, golfers can be distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. 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 Trossa.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7296 yards 145
White 72 6804 yards 141
Yellow 72 6326 yards 137
Green 71 5904 yards 133
Green (W) 72 5904 yards 136
Red 72 5263 yards 128
Scorecard for PGA Centenary
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 77.0/145 426 516 431 239 461 201 468 419 618 3779 208 350 445 481 320 463 543 194 513 3517 7296
White M: 74.0/141 394 501 388 211 423 176 406 392 564 3455 190 326 445 464 308 436 518 179 483 3349 6804
Yellow M: 72.0/137 363 472 369 187 386 160 385 342 535 3199 160 307 419 440 287 404 490 167 453 3127 6326
Green M: 70.0/133 W: 75.0/136 349 456 318 177 360 160 374 316 505 3015 146 276 374 440 269 375 440 144 425 2889 5904
Red W: 72.0/128 301 431 298 148 272 138 340 277 465 2670 125 256 348 396 232 327 393 123 393 2593 5263
Handicap 11 9 3 5 1 15 7 13 17 6 10 14 8 16 2 12 18 4
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 36 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1993) Tommy Cushnahan

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - £60
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "The PGA National Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed Rental shoes available
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No denims or collarless shirts.

Reviews

4.7
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What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Amazing Food 1
Family Dining 1
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 2
Water Hazards 2
Bunkers 1
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 2
Entertaining Clients 2
Playing Multiple Courses 2
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 2
Worth the Drive 1
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Amazing experience

Top quality course but very tough for the high handicapper. Would advise a buggy for anyone who isn't the fittest. It's a long track with many holes far from each other. Overall wonderful course with many lovely holes. Plus you can recreate Jamie Donaldson's approach at the 15th from the plaque on the fairway. Personally........I failed miserably
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
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A Ryder Cup experience at Gleneagles

The critics will say: Why play such an Americanized course when you're touring Scotland? There is some truth to that, but the reality is that the modern Jack Nicklaus design is such a great change of pace to the resort's heathland King's and Queen's courses. The Centenary course is the rare Ryder Cup venue you can play, so that gives it celebrity status on par with some other bucket-list courses in Scotland. My 10-handicap game tends to melt when faced with such championship tests. In that regard, the Centenary can feel like a "slog" at times. The nice views of the surrounding glens - especially at no. 8 and no. 13 - and plenty of interesting twists of strategy throughout the day help overcome that fact. I'd probably put it in third place among the resort's other offerings, but that speaks more to the quality of the golf at Gleneagles than the lack of character at the Centenary.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Will an American resort course help the underdog Americans in the Ryder Cup?

You'll probably hear the criticism regarding the Ryder Cup host at Gleneagles over and over: It's too American a design. That's true. The Jack Nicklaus design is not a magical links. The PGA Centenary course looks like a dozen or more resort tracks I've played in America. That doesn't mean it's a bad layout. It's just not what American tourists pay big bucks to play during an overseas links golf adventure. It will be, however, a great match play venue. Water hazards on the par 5s (likes holes 2 and 9) and cross bunkers (like the par-4 8th and par-5 16th) will force some risk-reward decisions. The tees of the short par 4s at No. 11 and No. 14 could be moved up to tempt players to drive the green. A hidden ditch makes the decision on No. 11 particularly dangerous. Sweeping elevation changes will look great on TV and add to the experience for spectators. The 18th green was redesigned just for the event. Its severe slopes will kick balls into deep collection areas and bunkers. Don't be surprised if an unlucky bounce on an approach shot swings a key match.
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
The Penn Ohio Golf Trail consists of courses mainly in Western PA and Northeast Ohio. What sets us apart is that we offer 29 different courses; including 4 private, members-only country clubs, 2 former LPGA courses, and many of the top courses in Ohio and Pennsylvania (including Pennsylvania’s #1 public course – Olde Stonewall). We offer 4 Mansions (for groups of 2 to 36), 10 hotels and customer service beyond any major resort. Our Mansions feature large common areas, pool tables, poker tables, big screen TV’s with the luxury of the entire group together in a large home setting.
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