Scottish golf star Carly BOOTH (GBR) has played Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course many times.
Jack NICKLAUS (USA) designed it and Europe beat the USA to win the Ryder Cup over the course four years ago.
Now, as Europe’s men and women prepare to take on its challenges in a unique team event beginning on Wednesday, BOOTH gives her guide to what they face.
“I feel as if it’s a bit of a beast of a course,” BOOTH said. “It suits a long hitter, a straight hitter for sure.
“The rough is always quite long and there are a lot of well-placed bunkers. Course management is going to be key.
“There’s something about the fifth hole for me that I find challenging.”
The inaugural European golf team championships feature men and women playing together and BOOTH says it will be a huge boost for women’s golf.
“I think people don’t see how talented women golfers are,” she said. “It’s a great way to showcase women’s golf, especially if we do well. A great booster for the European ladies’ tour.
“This event is key for us to start getting the European tour to how it used to be and get some more tournaments back.”
Booth, 26, is finding her form again following a blistering start to her career that brought titles and made her a star of the women’s tour.
Here is her lowdown on what to expect at Gleneagles:
Tee shot is important. Hazard comes in on the right.
A tester, you’ve got water on the left and bunkers.
After a long walk up that big hill, bunker’s on right so you’d favour left.
Tough par-three. There’s a big bunker on the left side.
Narrow tee shot. Water short of the green and right side.
Pretty par-three. Back of the green runs away from you.
As you see it. Make sure you leave yourself short of left bunker.
Par-four, lot of bunkers.
Love the new changes, makes it tougher to attack.
Downhill par-three. Two bunkers each side of the green.
Always played three or five wood. Hitting over a river.
One of the stronger holes, play it as you see it.
Go long and there is a big drop behind the green.
Drivable par-four. It’s risk and reward.
One of the harder holes. Narrow opening to green.
Rock a driver down there, good par-five.
Middle of green and you are OK.
Great finishing hole with a tough green.