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Golf Australia Express : September 2014
It was a team match play event and the first time the two sides had played against each other. There were five matches in foursomes and 10 singles to determine who ruled world golf. And while the Brits were comfortably triumphant on that occasion, it was lauded a success by the players involved. Fast forward 93 years and a remarkably similar event is returning to Gleneagles. This time around the crowds will be bigger, the equipment flashier and the mode of transport to and from the venue slightly higher in its trajectory. But the stakes remain the same. No money. Just pure pride. The course for this month’s tournament — the Jack Nicklaus designed PGA Centenary course — opened in 1993 as the ‘Monarch’s Course’ and is considered one of the finest layouts suited to match play golf in the world. To label the scenery at Gleneagles as spectacular would be to do it an injustice. Nicklaus himself described it as “the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with”. This is golf in Scotland. For most of us, when ‘Scotland’ and ‘golf’ are mentioned together, a picture of a pure, historic links track overlooking crashing waves start to form in our mind’s eye. But that’s not so at Gleneagles. In fact, this 6815-yard beauty is no links layout at all. It does not run alongside the sea and it doesn’t have the sandy loam subsoil of a Carnoustie. Instead, a cacophony of rolling hills echoes the sounds of errant golf shots along the pure Scottish countryside at Gleneagles. “THE FINEST PARCEL OF LAND IN THE WORLD I HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN TO WORK WITH.” - Jack Nicklaus