Gleneagles is one of the world's most famous golf resorts with luxurious accommodation and guest facilities and three world class golf courses.
Although The King's course is regarded as the championship course, the Queens course wins the popularity stakes.
Designed by golfing legend James Braid with CK Hutchison, the course first opened in 1919 and has changed little since- although a significant renovation a century later improved the playability of the course in the modern era.
The Queens course is set in beautiful rolling hills and forest within the 400 acre Gleneagles estate.
It displays both heathland and parkland characteristics, although I am hesitant to label it as either.
Importantly it does roll naturally with the land.
The Queens is a par 68, and it is a short course playing less than 6000 yards from the medal tees.
It is a good course, but not without it's idiosyncrasies.
The ladies in our group were not impressed with playing a course where seven out of the first twelve holes were par 5's!
What a slog..
After a relatively straight forward start on the front nine with a series of classic, challenging holes- the course moves into more undulating land.
The increasingly choppy landscape introduced a series of short par 4 and par 3's.
It is quite a different look and feel to the earlier part of the course.
The back nine is par 33, and measures only 2738 yards off the back markers.
Nevertheless it is pretty land with quality holes, and we enjoyed our day.
The Queens' courses sits beside the King's Course but has a very different feel to it.
Serious golfers will want to experience the King's Course as a priority, but all will enjoy the shorter, quirkier Queen's as well.
There are some great holes and it is a fun course.
Notable holes include:
- the uphill par 4 sixth hole called Drum Sichty
- the par 5 seventh hole (Westin Wyne)
- the pretty par 4 eighth hole (Auld Faul) (see pic at top of page)
- the long par 4 ninth hole called Stey Brae
- the uphill par 4 twelfth hole (Tinker's Gill)
- the delightful par 3 thirteenth hole (Water Kelpie)
- the par 3 fourteenth hole (Witches' Bowster)(see pic mid page)
- the short par 4 fifteenth hole (Leddy's Ain)
The Queens course has a lot going for it- it is a beautful place to be, a fun course that caters for all level of golfers- it really is a joy to play.
It is also the preferred choice for the locals, who vote with their feet!
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