The Kings Course Gleneagles, Perthshire
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Gleneagles: Kings Course
- Links- No
- Heathland- Yes
Gleneagles is a classic inland golf course, resembling the architecture of the older style Scottish links courses, but playing with a classic parkland feel. James Braid was commisioned to turn this dramatic landscape into the Kings Course. Opened in 1919, the course is widely regarded as Braid's masterpiece of course design. The individual holes are separated by ancient glacial gravel mounds which create the impression of a secluded private golf course to each group of players. The springy turf makes the course a joy to play on, but the greens often play a great deal slower here than on the coastal links courses. Take a few moments to acclimatise to the green speed before embarking on the round- it will be time well rewarded by the end of the round.The course is challenging but easier than some of the huge links courses on the east and west coasts. We suggest that perhaps you use this course to relax in between a game at St Andrews or Turnberry .
Yardage: Championship Tees 6790, White Tees 6471
The course, at 6790 yards from the championship tees, is probably a little bit short for the golfing superstars of today, but for us mear mortals, the course is a magical blend of enjoyment and daring. Right from the 1st hole gleneagles displays what is to follow. This relatively short par 4 with its wide open fairway is followed by a short iron to the raised green. The course does not demand great accuracy of tee shot but always has that little twist with several blind shots off the tees or to one of the lush greens. The third hole is our favourite and catches many a golfer out. At only 350 yards, into the prevailing wind, it can seem like a 450 yarder. The downhill narrow fairway leaves
Best Hole At The Gleneagles Kings Course
Hole 16 (The Wee Bogle)
A huge part of the charm of this course is how all the holes have a Scottish name. Hole 16: The Wee Bogle (little ghost or goblin) is actually the shortest hole on the whole course and let me tell you this par 3 is a lot of fun. The green has a steep slope to the back, but the fact there are nine (not a typo by the way!) bunkers surrounding the green mean this is a hole that can get you in trouble. Will you take the risk and try to make the green from the tee? Or will you go with a smart approach and go for par? Just be sure to check the wind, pick the right club and think, before you take on The Wee Boggle.
Some Things You Need To Know About Playing A Round At Gleneagles Kings Course
Get A Trolley!
I have borrowed more than a few trolleys that were past their sell by date in my time. But here at Gleneagles I was like a kid at Christmas when the gentleman showed me what I would be using, the latest, Powakaddy Twinlines! This is just another thing that makes a round of golf at Gleneagles just first rate all the way!
A Whole Day Of Golf
We have already established that the Kings Course is a fantastic 18 holes, but Gleneagles is also home to The Queens Course and the PGA Centenary Course which of course is famous for the 2014 Ryder Cup. They offer a fantastic Golf Day ticker where you can play any two of the three course for one great price. If you have the time this is well worth thinking about.
Gleneagles are very proud to be the first golf club in the whole UK to make use of the highly thought off, CADDIEMASTER. You will have a truly world class, caddie with you who will carry your bag, clean your clubs, take care of the flagstick on putts and help you with their wealth of knowledge about the course and golf in general. It is not an exaggeration to say that some of the most skilled caddies in the UK are here.
Where To Eat & Have A Few Drinks
The Dormy Clubhouse is perfect for a nice drink or some good food during your time at Gleneagles. It saves you having to drive anywhere else to eat and it is just fantastic in every way. The last few years have seen some serious money be spent on the clubhouse and it really shows. Enjoy a nice, Grilled Cumberland sausage or perhaps something a little lighter. Your meal is made all the better as you have a great view of both the Kings and Queens courses.
Something To Do Near Gleneagles
Let’s face it you come to Gleneagles for the golf! But if you do want to do something a little “touristy” then take a short, 20 minute drive to the amazing, Stirling Castle. Which is one of the most amazing castles in the whole UK!