Aug 5 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
ANY 13-handicapper taking to the golf course in the company of Jack Nicklaus would be forgiven for a degree of apprehension diluting the sense of anticipation.
But Scott Fenwick found the legendary Golden Bear easy company as he cast an expert eye over a golf course designed in the early nineties.
The relationship was uneasy for a spell when locally-raised architect David McLay Kidd was commissioned to re-sculpt aspects of the PGA Centenary Course.
But Nicklaus and his team will shortly be furnishing Scott with precise details of the final cosmetic surgery proposed in advance of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The plan is to have the course bedded-in by May next year.
Scott said: “We are awaiting the result of the recent visit from Jack Nicklaus and his team. Discussions have been ongoing as we try to finalise details of the remaining alterations. But Jack seemed happy when he was here and there were no major issues with what has been done.
“But we are going forward together. Jack is keen to make bunkers more visible and more prominent, bringing some to the edge of fairways. Once the final decisions have been agreed we will be ready to move forward quickly.
“There is nothing concrete yet with regard to the 18th hole for the Ryder Cup but there are also some issues relating to spectator movement to be addressed. Remember, we will have 40,000 golf fans here every day and 7000 more people involved behind the scenes. So spectator movement is vital.”