boasts three superb parkland golf courses, the King's Course and Queen's
Course, both designed by the legendary James Braid and the modern Monarch's
Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. While the King's Course is perceived
as being the jewel in Gleneagles' crown, having played all three, picking
the best would be a difficult decision to make.
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
King's Course has drawn nothing but the highest of 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.
Second only in length to the King's Course, the Queen's Course has played
host to many legends of the golfing fraternity including Johnny Miller,
Greg Norman and Tom Watson. Meandering through the estates' many high
ridges, the picturesque woodland setting offers true moorland characteristics.
Though excellent holes abound, the par 4, eighth named "Auld Fauld"
or "Sheep Pen" is of particular note. Aptly named, as one can imagine
a sheep pen nestling in the sheltered hollow that houses the green, an
array of bunkers will punish a timid approach, while an overzealous stroke
will carry down the sloping green away from the hole.
most recent addition to the golfing crown of Gleneagles is the Nicklaus
designed Monarch's Course and though it has only been in existence since
1993, it is already being touted as a possible Ryder Cup venue in 2007.
Even for a proven architect like Nicklaus, the Monarch's Course was a
real test as it had to be unique in its challenge, do justice to the existing
courses and fit the landscape in a way that did no violence to the great
Scottish golfing tradition. Complimenting the layout and obvious quality
of the course, one of its features is the feast of spectacular views.
Each course at Gleneagles thoroughly deserve their regal titles and whatever
course you play or whether you play all three, you will walk away knowing
that you have experienced something special.
When playing any of the golf courses at Gleneagles, it's recommended that
one stay at Gleneagles Hotel.