Gleneagles, the world-famous hotel and sporting estate and forthcoming host venue of The Solheim Cup, September 9-15, has paid a Scottish tartan tribute to welcome the biggest event in women’s golf.
In a special ‘creative takeover’ of the 2nd hole on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, greenkeepers have transformed the pristine fairways of the iconic par 5, 516-yard hole into a carpet of tartan with a painstaking, four-hour cutting makeover!
Showcasing technical expertise and industry-leading innovation, Gleneagles’ greenkeepers used a host of cutting techniques and state-of-the-art machines to create this unique homage to mark the arrival of the biggest event in women’s golf.
Craig Haldane, Golf Courses Manager at Gleneagles, said:
“This is our team doffing their hats to the heritage of golf in Scotland, showcasing turf care innovation and skill, and celebrating the arrival of what is set to be a global celebration of women’s golf.”
The greenkeeping team at Gleneagles will rise to 100 people for The Solheim Cup, where tournament standard conditioning will also extend to The King’s Course, host venue for The Junior Solheim Cup, and The Queen’s Course, that will remain open for member play during the week.
Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at Gleneagles, added: “With the level of greenkeeping resource we have invested in on all three championship courses – all prepared to tournament standard – there is an incredible opportunity for visiting golfers to experience our world-class hospitality after The Solheim Cup concludes, and enjoy what will be, quite possibly, the best-conditioned golf courses in the UK.”
Currently ranked the #1 Golf Resort in the UK & Ireland*, Gleneagles will hold a unique position in golfing history when the September event concludes, becoming the first venue in Europe to have hosted both The Ryder Cup (2014) and The Solheim Cup.
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*Golf World: Top 100 Golf Resorts, UK & Ireland, ranking, 2017