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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - hole 1
The 426-yard, par-4 first hole on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort introduces the rolling countryside. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - hole 2
The par-5 second hole of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort will be risk-reward for the pros. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - hole 5
The wetland fronting the fifth green makes this par 4 the hardest hole on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The views are striking from the eighth tee of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort in Perth & Kinross. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course
Some views stretch for miles on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - hole 9
A lake might discourage some Ryder Cup players from going for the ninth green in two on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort in Perth & Kinross, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - hole 17
The par-3 17th hole of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort could decide some matches at the 2014 Ryder Cup. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - hole 18
New contours and slopes added to the 18th green of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort could add some drama to the 2014 Ryder Cup. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - PGA Centenary golf course - 9th
The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort will host the 2014 Ryder Cup. Courtesy of Gleneagles

The PGA Centenary golf course at Gleneagles Resort: Host of the 2014 Ryder Cup

PERTH & KINROSS, Scotland -- Conditions on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort are rounding into form after a long seven-month renovation to prepare for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

New drainage systems should allow the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, which opened in 1993, to survive even the wettest weather.

The 18th hole, a 513-yard par 4/5, was altered significantly. New contours around the green fall off into collection areas well below the putting surface. Seven reshaped bunkers sit within 50 yards of the green, adding further trouble.

A pair of bunkers added to the ninth fairway just short of the green could force more players to go for the long par 5 in two. Risk-reward will be very much in play at the uphill 14th hole, which will be driveable for some at 320 yards from the tips.

Even those of us who don't hit it like Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson will still appreciate the course's other hilly holes and sweeping views of some dramatic countryside.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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