Jack Gets Gleneagles In Shape For Ryder Cup In 2014

30th July 2012

Jack Nicklaus has paid a visit to The Gleneagles Hotel to see the changes to the newly reopened PGA Centenary Course, Host Venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup from Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28th.

The Nicklaus-designed course has undergone extensive modifications, in close consultation with Nicklaus Design team, and reopened recently.

Nicklaus said: 'When I was asked to do the course more than 20 years ago, in those days it was a pretty challenging golf course. With the equipment and the golf ball and everything going so much further it needed alterations.'

'The 18th hole was the biggest change. We dropped the green five or six metres and created a tremendous amphitheatre.'

'Itís more about creating good golf than creating the most difficult shots and course in the world. Itís about creating a course that the guys will enjoy - and I think they will enjoy it. I'm very proud of it.'

Gleneagles Managing Director Patrick Elsmie said: 'After many months of working closely with Jack and his team to remodel the PGA Centenary, weíre delighted to welcome him here to give the course his seal of approval.'

'Itís terrific to hear his positive comments on the course, which have been echoed by those guests and members who have had the opportunity to play it since the reopening.'

In the run-up to the Ryder Cup in 2014, we expect thousands of golfers will take up the chance to play the final tournament course before it sees the golfing greats of the US and Europe do battle.'