Gleneagles

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

Overview

Gleneagles is known as the Riviera of the Highlands.

Gleneagles King's Videos

See Erik Anders Lang's visit here

Hidden Links video can be viewed here

Gleneagles Videos

The resort's own montage of all 3 courses can be seen here

King's Course Reviews

Sean Arble's tour can be found here


Golf Course Review

Gleneagles has been called The Glorious Playground. The country estate is a luxury 5-star hotel with no equal. A British institution, the hotel is not only one of the best resorts in Scotland and the UK but also the world.

The hotel and resort is first and foremost a golf destination. Located in Auchterarder, Perthshire, the resort lies on the main road between Stirling and Perth. Established in 1924, the first course was the King's Course, followed by the Queen's Course and finally the PGA Centenary. There is also the Wee Course and PGA Academy.

King's Course

It was reported that the location of the resort was advised upon by Harry Colt. (The Times May 1921) However, the first golf course, Gleneagles Kings, was designed by James Braid. Alister MacKenzie felt the King's Course was James Braid's best work. (Perthshire Advertiser 19 March 1921) With 400 courses under his belt, it is indeed a compliment to call the King's Course his crowning achievement. 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 none with 'immense vistas from elevated tees, big greens and springy turf - a swirling wind can turn this gentile course into a real challenge.' Scale, width and elevation changes are the overwhelming trademarks. Uniquely, the bunkers have their own distinctive shape and style.

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 King's is an institution and an iconic course which is worthy of all the praise heaped upon it.

Queen's Course

The Queen's Course is the second oldest probably second best behind the Kings. It is considered by some to be one of the best courses in the UK & Ireland.

It is a James Braid and CK Hutchinson design. The original nine holes (now holes 1 to 4 and 14 to 18) were opened in 1919. In 1925, the second nine (now holes 5 to 13) was added. Holes 6 and 17 are considered to be of note.

It was Alister MacKenzie who advised Gleneagles to extend the course from 9 to 18 holes. (Perthshire Advertiser March 1921) However, it would be James Braid who eventually carried out the works.

PGA Centenary

Acclaimed golf course architect, Jack Nicklaus, created the course which became the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup. It is a typical 1990s Nicklaus golf course design. Despite hosting both the Solheim and Ryder Cups, for most purists, James Braid's King's Course is the one of choice.


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