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1DRESSEDTOPLAY

LEARNING THEME: DRESSED TO PLAY

No. 1 - "Bracken Brae"

426 yards, Par 4 Most players take a driver and hit past the fairway bunker on the right. This leaves a slight downhill approach to the green. The safe approach is to the left centre of the green, even when the pin is positioned back right (on last day). Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

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7HOSPITALITY

LEARNING THEME: HOSPITALITY

No. 7 - "Larch Gait" 419 yards, Par 4 This hole needs an accurate drive followed by a good 7 or 8 iron into the green. The green slopes from right-to-left making it difficult for the approach shot to hold the putting surface, particularly with the prevailing wind coming from the right side. Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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2HISTORYOFRC

LEARNING THEME: HISTORY OF RYDER CUP

Hole 2: "Wester Greenwells" 516 yards, Par 5

A long raking draw would be the perfect drive for this par 5. The pros will hit level or just past the left fairway bunker. Wherever the pin is on this split-level green, most players will play to the front right. This hole offers a good birdie chance early in the round.

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

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3RC2014

LEARNING THEME: RYDER CUP 2014

No. 3 - "Schiehallion" 431 yards, Par 4

Players hit level or just past the bunkers on the right. Hitting the fairway on this dogleg right is the key to getting a good angle into the well-bunkered green.

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

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4HISTGOLF

LEARNING THEME: HISTORY OF GOLF

No. 4 - "Gowden Beastie" 211 yards, Par 3

The safe shot is back right on a very large green with a tricky ridge running through the centre. An extra club may be needed to carry the bunker. Par is a good score on this hole, even for the pros.

 

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

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6CEREMONIES

LEARNING THEME: CEREMONIES

No. 6 - "Mickle Skelp" 201 yards, Par 3 Club selection can vary depending on the wind – anything from a mid to short iron. The safe side to miss this cleverly guarded, par 3 green would be to the right where most shots kick back in off the bank and feed on to the green. Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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5GOLFANDENVIRO

LEARNING THEME: GOLF AND ENVIRONMENT

No. 5 - "Crookit Cratur" 461 yards, Par 4 Some would describe this as a signature hole on the first nine. A good drive is a must to set up the second shot to a green that has trouble all around. Prevailing wind is normally against, so driver is the club to have a chance of making it in two… even for the big boys. Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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8EVENTMAN

LEARNING THEME: EVENT MANAGEMENT

No. 8 - "Sidlin’ Brows" 392 yards, Par 4 Only the longest of drivers can contemplate carrying the bunkers from the tee so a lay up short of the bunkers is likely to be the shot chosen by the majority of pros. However, if the tee shot finds the wrong side of the fairway, the approach to the green will be blind. Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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18CHANCEOFALIFETIME

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME COMPETITIONS

No. 18 - "Dun Roamin’" 533 yards, Par 5 The ideal drive favours the left side of the fairway opening up a chance of going for the green in two. Laying up short leaves a pitch to the well-protected green, but beware, missing the target leaves a challenging up and down.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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9HOLEDESIGN

LEARNING THEME: GOLF HOLE DESIGN

No. 9 - "Crook O’ Moss" 564 yards, Par 5 The perfect line is between the two bunkers, right and left, protecting the landing area for the drive. Depending on wind direction, safe play with the second shot is to the left leaving a short pitch/chip for an up and down birdie. However, on a calm day, this par 5 can provide great spectator excitement when the big hitters open their shoulders.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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10PLAYINGGOLF

LEARNING THEME: PLAYING GOLF

No. 10 - "Sleekit Howe" 208 yards, Par 3 It is always exciting to play a par 3 from an elevated tee. However, the wind will play a great role in club selection because this tee is very exposed. Depending on the direction of the wind, this hole plays a mid to short iron. Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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11EQUIPMENT

LEARNING THEME: GOLF EQUIPMENT

No. 11 - "Laich Burn" 350 yards, Par 4 A 3 or 4 wood may be the favoured tee shot to give a full pitch to the plateau green. Getting the yardage right is important on the approach, with bunkers awaiting short and long. Not many players will want to miss right.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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16MARKETING

LEARNING THEME: MARKETING GOLF

No. 16 - "Lochan Loup" 543 yards, Par 5 Ideal drive is over the central fairway bunker with a little draw. Like the 9th hole, it can be fun to watch the big hitters reach this par 5 in two. Putting from anywhere on the back half of the green is quick.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 
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17GCAWORLD

LEARNING THEME: COURSES AROUND THE WORLD

No. 17 - "Ca’ Canny" 194 yards, Par 3 A very well-guarded green surrounded with bunkers. Club selection will be anything from mid to short iron, depending on wind. Because of a ridge running across the middle of the green, it is a difficult up and down from the bunker on the right.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

 

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12TOURSM

LEARNING THEME: TOURISM

No. 12 - "Carn Mairg" 503 yards, Par 5 A good drive will hug the left side of the fairway, providing a view of the green for the second shot. Bunkers front left and back right protect the green that has a pronounced ridge running across it. The pros will be challenged on their second shot to get the ball on the same level as the pin. This is key to making a good score.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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14ORGANISEMAJOR

LEARNING THEME: ORGANISING A MAJOR

No. 14 - "Nebit Knowe" 426 yards, Par 4 This short par 4 gives the pros a chance to pick up shots. The intention is to tempt the big hitters to go for the green and the chance of an eagle 2. Most pros will look to find the fairway with a long iron, leaving a short approach to the green and set up the chance of a birdie.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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13RULESOFGOLF

LEARNING THEME: RULES OF GOLF

No. 13 - "Wimplin’ Wyne" 449 yards, Par 4 This hole should prove to be a tough test even for the best players. Tour players will probably take a driver and fly the ball over the right side of the bunker, which is about 260 yards from the tee, but another bunker waits for a drive that slips right and deep rough waits for a shot going left. Into the wind, the front bunker guarding the approach to the green might come into play. Any second shot missing the green will leave a very tricky up and down.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort

 

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15MEDIAANDGOLF

LEARNING THEME: THE MEDIA AND GOLF

No. 15 - "Ochil Sicht" 463 yards, Par 4 The first of the tough closing holes on the back nine. A long draw would be the ideal start on this slight dogleg to the left. Accuracy is more important than distance for the second shot into this long, narrow green. We’ll see a lot of ‘knock down’ second shots hit the green.  

Hole information provided by Andrew Jowett, Head Professional at Gleneagles Resort