Nicklaus described the course as "The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with".
It had to be unique in its challenge, a course in the modern design ethos that at its fullest stretch tests the greatest players, while, in the immortal phrase of Bobby Jones, "offering problems a man may attempt according to his ability... never hopeless for the lesser player nor failing to concern and interest the expert."
A feature of the PGA Centenary Course are without doubt the views of the spectacular Perthshire countryside in which Gleneagles is set. Putting on the two-tier second green, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards over the next few holes, the rugged Grampians come into view on the right, then distantly purple ahead, Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs.
Buggy is advisable as the walks from green to tee are fairly long. This can be organised and paid locally should you wish to make use of a buggy.