Gleneagles King’s

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  • Architects:
    • James Braid
    • Hutchison, Major Cecil Key (C.K.)
    • Matheson, Donald
  • Holes of Merit:
    3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18
  • NCG Rank:
    45/100 in GB&I

At A Glance

Scale, width and elevation changes are the overwhelming trademarks.

The bunkers have their own distinctive shape and style.

Gleneagles is known as the Riviera of the Highlands.

Alister MacKenzie felt the King's course was James Braid's best work. (Perthshire Advertiser 19 March 1921)

The location of the resort was advised upon by Harry Colt. (The Times May 1921)

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the routing.

James Braid lent his name to the 13th, Braid's Brawest, indicating it as his choice as the best on the course.

Further Reading

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found by clicking here.

Further Viewing

Erik Anders Lang visited the course and the video can be seen by clicking here

Hidden Links video can be viewed here


Full Course Review

Gleneagles Kings was designed by James Braid. With 400 courses under his belt, it is indeed a compliment to call Gleneagles Kings his best. Opened in 1919 after the Great War,  it has always been known to exceed expectations. Patric Dickinson wrote that "Gleneagles is something that was created, and exists, sheerly to please." Frank Pennink said that the greenkeeping was second to known with immense vistas from elevated tees, big greens and springy turf - a swirling wind can turn this gentile course into a real challenge.

Hole Names

All 18 holes are named and aptly chosen. Here is a breakdown of what they're called and what they mean:

1 - Dun Whinny - Gorse Hill
2 - East Neuk - East Corner as it is the most easterly part of the course.
3 - Silver Tassie - Silver Cup - in reference to the cup-shaped green.
4 - Broomy Law - Hill of Broom
5 - Het Girdle - Hot Griddle - so named as hot oil runs easily off a griddle the same way a ball runs off the green if not perfectly struck.
6 - Blink Bonnie - Glimpse of Beauty
7 - Kittle Kink - Tricky Bend
8 - Whaup's Nest - Curlew's Nest - refers to the way the green is nestled amongst the heather, reminiscent of the long-billed bird's nest.
9 - Heich o'Fash - Height of Trouble

10 - Canty Lye - Pleasant Meadow
11 - Dei's Creel - Devil's Fishing Basket
12 - Tappit Hen - Wine or Ale Pewter Measure
13 - Braid's Brawest - Braid's Best
14 - Denty Den - Dainty Dell
15 - Howe o' Hope - Hollow of Hope
16 - Wee Bogle - Little Ghost
17 - Warslin' Lea - Wrestling Meadow - so named because the narrow fairway is tough to find.
18 - King's Hame - King's Home Hole

Its' Most Prestigious Accolade?

Gleneagles Kings is number 78 on Ran Morrisett's 147 Custodians of the Game. What qualifies it for such an honour? To earn a spot on the list, it must:

  • provide an engaging puzzle
  • encourage the ground game
  • be a club where you can carry your bag at anytime
  • be a club where you can play quickly while walking
  • be a course that can be enjoyed by a golfer of any age
  • not be manicured but rather sport understated maintenance
  • be a club which emphasizes the simple game rather than status
  • be a course you want to play repeatedly

Gleneagles Kings is one of Scotland's best golf courses, which is a ringing endorsement seeing as it is an inland course. Perhaps only rivalled by Loch Lomond, Gleneagles Kings is an institution and an iconic course which is worthy of all the praise heaped upon it.


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The Essentials

Everything you need to know before you go!