PGA Centenary Course
St Andrews, Scotland
PGA Centenary Course overview
The PGA Centenary Course is the youngest of the trio of 18-hole courses at Gleneagles and opened for play in 1993 after design work by Jack Nicklaus. Jack was quoted as saying it was “the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with”.
Golfers will find a very different experience here compared with the other layouts at Gleneagles as this course has been built for tournament golf with a more parkland feel to it. Measuring 7300-yards from the pro tees it is long and golfers should choose their tees wisely (thankfully there are 5 sets choose from), especially with the abundance of long par-4’s. Golf carts are also recommended here as distances between greens and the next tee box can be a tiresome walk.
Whilst it may be fair to say this course does not garner the affection that the Queen’s Course and King’s Course does, it nevertheless still provides beautiful scenery and allows golfers to say they have played at a Ryder Cup venue (2014).
The 9th hole on the PGA Centenary is probably the signature hole, a classic risk and reward par-five that has an elevated tee which offers an inviting drive between two high hillocks and a trio of clever bunkers. The green is only reachable in two for the longest of hitters but laying-up itself also poses a test, offering golfers two options – aim short of the elongated greenside pond leaving a longer third or hit into a generous area of fairway left whilst making sure another trio of bunkers are avoided.
Did You Know?
The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014, with the European team winning 16.5 – 11.5 points.
Accommodation near PGA Centenary Course
The Rusacks Hotel is one of the best properties in St Andrews. Recently improved to become a 5-star venue and situated overlooking the 18th hole of the Old Course, staying here is a real treat.
The Gleneagles Resort
The Gleneagles Resort is a superb 5-star venue in Central Scotland that offers a luxury hotel, stunning private grounds and championship golf courses (King’s Course, Queen’s Course & PGA Centenary Course)