Thursday, 27 August 2009

Greens
Type of grass - Bent, Poa Annua
Height of cut - 2.5mm, option 2.2mm
Speed/stimpmeter reading - 11' beginning of week
Any specific comments - Built to USGA specification

Fairways
Type of grass - Bent, Fescue
Height of cut - 10mm
General width and contouring - 20 to 25m wide

Tees / collars
Type of grass - Bent, Poa, Fescue
Height of cut - tees 8mm, collars 6.5mm

Rough
Type of grass - Bent, Fescue
Height of cut - semi 25mm, intermediate 64mm

Weather
Weather in advance - Very wet weather over the last three months
Forecast for tournament - Wet and windy

Course
Opened - 1993
Course designer - Jack Nicklaus
General playability - The course is in very good condition
Undulating / flat - Undulating
Tree lined / exposed - Both tree lined and exposed areas
Many / few water hazards - Quite a few water hazards
Changes to the course - Holes 4, 6, 8, 12, 13 and 14 re-designed by David McClay Kidd over the past few years - Hole12: Has had a newly designed and built green making the hole a par 4

Other features
Very scenic golf course with panoramic views of the Ochil Hills & Glendevon to the West and the Grampian mountains to the North
The name of the course changed from the Monarchs Course to The PGA Centenary course in 2001 - this is the course which will host the 2014 Ryder Cup
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Johnnie Walker Championship and the 100th anniversary of Johnnie Walker Black Label

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