The PGA Centenary, which will see the golfing greats of America and Europe do battle over the three-day tournament, has been under maintenance since October last year to allow for extensive course modifications, devised in consultation with course designer Jack Nicklaus.
On Saturday April 28 it will reopen to the public allowing golf enthusiasts the chance to experience the Ryder Cup course for themselves in the two-year run-up to the tournament.
Over 50,000 tonnes of earth have been moved at Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary over the past six months, with 30,000 square metres of turf laid, and 1,000 tonnes of new sand used in bunkers.
The course improvements include the installation of a SubAir system – an aeration and moisture removal system – on all 18 greens in addition to the putting green.
Substantial changes have been made to the layout of several holes – with the most dramatic alterations apparent on the 9th and 18th.
Drainage in all bunkers has been improved using the “Better Billy Bunker Method” developed at Augusta National Golf Club.