Gleneagles is one of Scotland’s most luxurious 5 star resorts and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Set in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles is home to three of the top Scottish Championship Golf Courses (The Kings, The Queens & The PGA Centenary) plus the 9 hole 'Wee' course.
The King's Course, opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of design, which has tested the very best of professional and amateur golfers. James Braid's plan for the King's Course was to test even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes and he certainly suceeded as selecting the right club for the approach is the secret on the King's. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.
The Queen's Course, in its long history, has played host to some of the world's golfing greats. Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen's offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics. At 3,192 yards long, the challenge of the first nine can be deceptive, with even some of the best players finding it a test to make par into a fresh south westerly breeze.
The PGA Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus, is a modern classic. The tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,558 yards from the white markers down to 5,072 from the red. Fittingly, the PGA Centenary Course begins by playing southeast towards the glen, sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon. A feature of the PGA Centenary Course is the feast of views of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set. Putting on the two-tier second green, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards over the next few holes, the rugged Grampians come into view on the right, then distantly purple ahead, Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs.
The 9 hole "Wee Course" recalls the original nine hole course at Gleneagles which was constructed in the summer of 1928. The original Wee course was extended to 18 holes in 1974 and renamed the 'Princes' course, but the original 9 hole course has been resurrected (mostly on the ground of the original course) and the 'Wee' course reborn.
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