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Gleneagles – King’s Course

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Founded: 1919
Designer: James Braid
Championship Length: 6,790 yards
PAR: 71
SSS (Course Rating): 71
Type: Parkland
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer who would like to play one of the top parkland courses in all of Scotland. The 2014 Ryder Cup was hosted by another Gleneagles course (PGA Centenary) but most consider the King’s Course to be the best of the three (the Queen’s being the third).


Gleneagles boasts three superb parkland golf courses: the King’s Course and Queen’s Course, both designed by the legendary James Braid, and the modern PGA Centenary Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. While the King’s Course is perceived as being the jewel in Gleneagles’s crown, having played all three, picking the best would be a difficult decision to make.

Offering an often-welcome respite from the differing demands of links golf, Gleneagles is truly a golfer’s paradise. Set among ridges and hollows, copious quantities of heather, bracken and gorse enhance the challenge. On any of the courses, if you play well and rise to the challenges imposed by the superb layouts, your round can enter the realm of dreamland; but slice a shot here and miss a green there, then your only consolation may prove to be the stunning surrounding scenery.

The King’s Course has drawn nothing but the highest praise from various golfing luminaries. When Lee Trevino first played here, he remarked, “If Heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee times left.” Braid’s plan for the King’s Course was to test even the most accomplished golfers’ shot-making skills, a goal he achieved with admirable results. One of the most exhilarating venues at which to play golf, the King’s Course offers a majestic layout, springy moorland turf and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

Each course at Gleneagles thoroughly deserves its regal title, and whatever course you play or whether you play all three, you will walk away knowing that you have experienced something special.

Course review content courtesy of Golf Publisher Syndications

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“Our favorite course was Gleneagles (just about got a glen eagle on the 14th hole – drove the green and just missed the putt for an eagle!).  Gleneagles has redone their club house – very nice.  Course is spectacular”

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