Gleneagles vies with Loch Lomond for the title of Scotland’s premier inland course. The resort has a trio of championship courses and although no formal hierarchy exists a recent poll amongst members suggested the Gleneagles Kings Course was held in the highest regarded, with 43% of the vote, the Queens course wasn’t too far behind with 38%, whilst the Centenary (Ryder Cup course) managed 19%. To some extent this might be down to historical preferences or the slightly contrarian nature of the golfer who wants to take an alternative view. It’s also true of course that the Centenary course has an ‘American’ feel to it, so perhaps isn’t quite in the tradition of Scotland. What we do know is the name has become synonymous with luxury and class
|Yardage||white tees 6471 yds|
|Ranking||36th in the UK and Ireland|
|Handicap Restrictions||No handicap restrictions apply|
Gleneagles Kings Course
The Course itself
The first thing to note is that this is a moorland course. Although courses aren’t really globally ranked by types, there is a body of opinion that would nominate the Kings Course the best of its ilk in the world. Indeed, Lee Trevino remarked, whilst standing on the first tee, that, “if heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee-times left”
Many of the greens form natural amphitheatres or wickedly exposed plateaus
Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on the King’s. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.
James Braid’s plan for the King’s Course was to test even the best players’ shot-making skills over the eighteen holes, and this is what he’s widely regarded as having achieved. It’s a classic synthesis of design and landscape combining to produce a symphony of nature. Pines, gorse, wild rough, and the purple/ lilac hues of Scotland’s signature heather lend the course a patchwork of colour set in a beautiful frame.
Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs
|Driving Range Available||Yes|
|Rental Carts Available||No|
|Rental Clubs Available||Yes|