News & ToursSeptember 27, 2014

The interesting, but completely unnecessary structures at the Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles has gotten a lot of attention at this week's Ryder Cup, but what about the various structures on the grounds? Here's a look at some of the interesting, but completely unnecessary ones we saw while walking around.

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Let's start with this very shiny, very curvy display, located outside the media center and in several other spots on the course:

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You probably can't tell, but this is also a waterfall. Very cool, but a little over-the-top, no? Plus when it gets windy, that water starts to splash people walking by.

Then there are these two statues representing Europe and the U.S. How patriotic!

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OK, so those are really just large-scaled ads for Johnny Walker -- one of the Ryder Cup's five main sponsors -- but at least, they fit in with the week's vibe. On the other hand, we're not sure what these two statues represent:

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Again, very cool, but VERY random.

And finally, we end with what Gleneagles Hotel described as the "Fabulous golf structures to welcome the fans as they arrive to the Ryder Cup."

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We appreciate the effort, but "Fabulous"? That might be just a touch strong.

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