The Carrick at The De Vere Deluxe Resort, Cameron House will stage the club professional’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup in 2009 with provisional dates of 14th – 20th September pencilled in. It will be the fourth time that the Llandudno Trophy, donated by Peter Alliss, has been contested north of the border. The last visit was to Gleneagles in 1996.
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones admitted he was delighted to see the event return to the Home of Golf and declared The Carrick a fitting venue for one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA schedule.
“The PGA is delighted that the 24th PGA Cup will again be visiting the Home of Golf in Scotland,” he said. “The Carrick is one of Scotland’s outstanding new courses and it will not only provide an excellent test of golf but boasts a stunning backdrop in the shape of the world famous Loch Lomond.
“The players from both countries will be welcomed with Scotland’s renowned generous hospitality and we look forward to either defending or attempting to win back the Llandudno Trophy.”
Stephen Carter, operations director of De Vere Deluxe, said the tournament would help boost the profile of The Carrick. “We at De Vere Deluxe are delighted to be continuing working alongside the PGA and are thrilled that they have acknowledged The Carrick Course at Cameron House is the ideal venue for the 2009 PGA Cup, particularly as the course is not yet twelve months old,” he said.
The course, which was designed by acclaimed golf architect Doug Carrick and constructed by M J Abbott Ltd, measures 7,068 yards from the championship tees and is part of the five star Cameron House hotel resort. The venue is already on the international golf circuit and has just staged the Ladies European Tour’s De Vere Scottish Open.
The PGA Cup is a biennial contest that started in 1973 at Pinehurst in North Carolina. It brings together the finest PGA golf professionals from Great Britain & Ireland and the USA in a Ryder Cup style-format with teams of ten players competing over three days for the famous Llandudno Trophy, playing fourballs, foursomes and singles.