Gleneagles Golf Club- Centenary Course
Perthshire — Scotland, U.K.
International Championship course
Playable on simulator at Golf en Ville, the premier commercial indoor center of Paris
Architect: Jack Nicklaus — Designed: 1993
Severity index: 1 — Easy
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7067 yards
About Gleneagles Golf Club- Centenary Course
Host Venue of The 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup.
The PGA Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus, 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 a truly great golf course, set as it is in the heart of Scotland, the country that gave the world golf. Thankfully Nicklaus described the course as "the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with".
It had to be unique in its challenge, a golf course in the modern design ethos that at its fullest stretch tests the greatest players, while, in the immortal phrase of Bobby Jones, "offering problems a man may attempt according to his ability... never hopeless for the lesser player nor failing to concern and interest the expert".
The tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,815 yards from the white markers down to 5,322 from the red. Fittingly, The PGA Centenary Course begins by playing southeast towards 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, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards 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 Trossachs.
Hole-by-Hole GuideCredits globalgolfermag Hole 1 Bracken Brae, 442 yards, Par 4
A gentle doglegging opener. Best to drive left and avoid the bunker on the right and the heavy rough beyond it. The green juts out to the right with the land falling away to sand and a steep bank. The best approaches will come in from the left with a deep grass bunker long the only hazard to catch a pulled or over-hit approach.
Hole 2, Wester Greenwells, 516 yards Par 5
A signature hole named for the ruined croft which sits on the hill beyond the green. A cast iron birdie chance for Ryder Cup players who can drive it long over the left fairway bunker and leave a long to mid iron into the green. There is water short left and three bunkers on the bank side to catch an approach shot that skips off the narrow back portion of the green.
Hole 3, Schiehallion (‘Hill of the Scots’) 431 yards, Par Four
A fine hole with some outstanding views of the hills surrounding Gleneagles. The land rises and falls gently from each side of the fairway and the perfect drive must arrow into the centre or the left side to leave the best approach into the pin. The green is a two-tier kidney bean shape protected by two front bunkers front right and left. It’s better to stay short of the flag leaving an uphill putt than to fly past and risk a downhill putt.
Hole 4, Gowden Beastie (Golden Bear) 239 Yards, Par 3
A long uphill par three named for its designer Jack Nicklaus, this hole could play up to a 3 wood or driver from the back tips with wind in the face. The green has a raised front and falls sharply away if the tee shot doesn’t carry onto the green. The green has a flat middle plateau and falls away at the front and back tiers making the challenge even harder once you find the green.
Hole 5, Crookit Cratur, 461 yards Par 4
At Global Golfer we rate this the toughest hole and most intimidating tee shot on the golf course. It’s a real “eye of the needle” tee-shot with left hand trees creeping in to snag anything pulled or set off slightly left. You simply have to nail the tee shot to go for the green in two, otherwise it’s a lay-up and a pitch on at best. There is a marsh short and right of the green, so lay well back and give yourself a fullish wedge shot to try and salvage a par.
Hole 5 Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course
The toughest hole at Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course – as rated by Global Golfer
Hole 6, Mickle Skelp, 201 yards Par 3
In auld Scots ‘mickle skelp’ means small hit. Shorter than the 4th hole certainly, but, it’s no ‘Postage Stamp’ or flick with a wedge. A well-set mist obscured our view of this pretty par-three late in the day but we could see enough to tell you hitting long outweighs coming up short in the water or left into the bunker and heavy rough. The green is well framed by mature pines and disguises the size of the green which is only 23 yards wide.
Hole 7, Larch Gait, 468 yards Par 4
An uphill dogleg left to right to a plateau green. The second shot looks challenging but the built up slope to the right of the green feeds the ball down towards the flag. Take enough club to miss the false front and run-off at the front of the green and favour the right side – you never know – you may even make an eagle two!
Hole 8, Sidlin Brows, 419 yards Par Four
A pretty hole framed by a series of well-placed cross bunkers. Big hitters can carry them but the safest line is to the right of the farthest fairway bunker from where the fairway will kick the ball naturally to the left. The right hand side of the green is heavily contoured and there are four bunkers surrounding it. This hole should yield several birdies in The Ryder Cup.
Hole 9, Crook O’Moss, 618 yards Par 5
For us number 9 is a stand-out hole on the PGA Centenary Course, a muscular risk and reward par-five with an elevated tee and a captivating drive between two high hillocks and a trio of clever bunkers. It’s out of reach for all but the longest but the lay-up itself poses a challenge, with two options – short of the water leaving a longer third or into the generous neck of fairway left without risking going into three more intelligently sited bunkers. The approach shot should hug the left side as there is nothing but trouble right, including a steep bank and a gaping bunker.
Hole 10, Sleekit Howe, 208 yards Par 3
After playing the ninth hole the 10th can feel a little underwhelming. It’s ok, the tee is elevated and the hole plays downhill to a generous green but the challenge comes more from what the wind is doing than anything woven into the design of the hole. Compared to the 4th and 6th this short hole is a touch forgettable.
Hole 11, Laich Burn, 350 yards, Par 4
I’m a passionate believer that a hole doesn’t have to be long to be tough or exciting. Some of the best par fours in the world are short, like the 10th hole at The Belfry. The Laich burn dissects the fairway short of the green and ensures that the best strategy is a 3 wood or long iron leaving a full shot into the long green which thins and narrows from front to back.
Hole 12, Carn Mairg, 445 yards Par 4
The first of a pair of bruising par fours that form the backbone of the inward nine. The ideal drive is to the left side of the fairway but the right hand side seems to have a magnetic pull towards the hillocks, bunkers, trees and heavy rough. The green has a pronounced ridge running through it and leaving the ball on the same level as the pin is essential to scoring well.
Hole 13, Wimplin’ Wyne, 481 yards Par Four
This is a tough par four, from tee to green. It’s simple, two of your best blows are needed to reach and the fairway narrows in the further you drive the ball. The green is raised and undulating and surrounded by a lone bunker and grassy swales. Par here is an achievement.
Hole 14, Nebit Knowe, 320 yards Par Four
Working on the theory that short par fours can be great matchplay holes expect to see fireworks here during The Ryder Cup as the players attempt to drive the green in fourballs and singles matches. It’s a short tight hole laden with danger. The green is reachable but small and hard to hold and its left portion is the best line as missing short right is a tough up and down.
Hole 15, Ochil Sicht, 463 yards, Par Four
The toughest two shotter on the back nine. A draw is needed from the tee and the fairway tightens at driving distance. A raised green is slim, firm and hard to hold.
Hole 16, Lochan Loup, 543 yards, Par Four
The closing stretch at Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary is perfect for an event like The Ryder Cup, two reachable par-fives sandwiching a great short hole. The tee shot is funnelled down a chute and can bound forward to leave a chance to go for the green. There is water short but it shouldn’t come into play. A heavily contoured green makes two putting difficult.
Hole 17, Ca Canny, 194 yards, Par 3
A great short hole begging to be attacked with a mid to long iron. The pair of bunkers to the left encourage a shot to the right half of the green which brings a ridge into play and severe slopes on any approach putt or chip.
Hole 18, Dun Roamin, 513 yards, Par 5
The home hole is a love-hate affair. You’ll love it because you can reach it easily in two and the lure of a closing birdie is strong. On reaching the green, love can quickly turn to hate when your approach shot, pitch or chip is foiled by the severity of the slopes, swales and run-offs that have been created to deliver drama and tension at a perfect golf amphitheatre. The entrance to the green is tiny, 14 yards wide, and surrounded by slopes, swales and cavernous bunkers. It’s arguably unfair but at The Ryder Cup it will guarantee a potent cocktail of heroics and despair and perfect made for TV entertainment.
Play Gleneagles Golf Club- Centenary Course in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can spend a good time and play Gleneagles Golf Club- Centenary Course (or one of other 99 international courses available) in the Paris area, on simulator, in very realistic conditions.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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