April 28 marked the official reopening of The PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel, host Venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup, allowing golf enthusiasts the chance to experience the future Ryder Cup course for themselves in the two-year run-up to the tournament. The PGA Centenary Course, which will see the golf greats of the US and Europe battle over the three-day tournament, has been under maintenance since October 2011 to allow for extensive course modifications, devised in consultation with course designer Jack Nicklaus.
Over 50,000 tons of earth was moved at the course over the past six months, with 30,000 square meters of turf laid, and 1,000 tons of new sand used in bunkers. The improvements include the installation of 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 same method developed at Augusta National Golf Club.