The PGA Scottish Region headquarters are to be established at Gleneagles. To mark the start of a long-term relationship and to commemorate the PGA centenary year, Gleneagles is to rename one of its renowned championship courses.
Peter Lederer, managing director of The Gleneagles Hotel and Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA made the joint announcement and welcomed a new strategic relationship between their two organisations.
The PGA will move from their current offices at Glenbervie, Larbert into larger modern premises beside the first tee of Gleneagles’ famous King’s Course and close by the Jack Nicklaus designed Monarch’s course, which is to be renamed The PGA Centenary Course.
Peter Lederer said, “Golf is the essence of Gleneagles and will be long into the future. The hotel has invested substantial sums of money in its golf facilities and in major golfing events, particularly in the last ten years.
“The Monarch’s course was opened eight years ago as a championship course of the future and we have significantly improved the lay-out and the condition of both the King’s and Queen’s courses. In addition, we have created a golf academy with some of the finest coaching facilities in Europe.
“In terms of tournaments we helped develop the Bell’s Scottish Open, we hosted the McDonald’s WPGA Championship of Europe and two years ago we became the venue for the Scottish PGA Championship.
“Looking to the future, we believe there are important synergies for both Gleneagles and the PGA in locating the PGA Scottish Region offices here. Some of the best golf courses and golfing facilities in Scotland are here and it is a logical, central location for conducting PGA affairs in Scotland.”
“Glenbervie has been a good home for the SPGA for many years and we have valued and appreciated their support over that time,” said Sandy Jones chief executive of the PGA. “We need a different range of facilities as we look to the future. We are delighted to have had the offer of spacious, high quality accommodation at Gleneagles, which is very central, with good direct communication links and where a wider range of golfing facilities are immediately available to us.
“We have had many successful tournaments at Gleneagles and we are looking forward to a long-term relationship which will help us to address our members’ needs and to meet our objectives of encouraging more and more people to make golf their sport of choice.”