Gleneagles is located in the beautiful Perthshire countryside, and the King’s Course lives on site of one of Scotland’s most beautiful five-star golf resorts in the world. Gleneagles boasts a fabulous hotel, suites, a spa, the Michelin star restaurant, and three championship golf courses with ‘The King’s Course’ being the jewel in the crown.
Celebrating its centenary in 2019, golf was first played on the King’s Course in 1919 and was designed by the legendary James Braid. Famous for hosting the inaugural match between British and US pros in 1921, that event subsequently became known as the Ryder Cup.
A James Braid classic, the 6,790yard course presents unforgettable panoramic views from every tee. The dramatic scenery of mountains and hills of the Perthshire countryside is simply spectacular with wildlife often making an appearance to add to the experience. Beautiful colors and views are married with a brilliant routing, dramatic moorland and heather fringed holes showcasing the course perfectly in all its charm. Each of the holes have unusual Scottish names such as Het Girdle and Warslin Lea – let your mind wander as to the meanings!!
The King’s Course was home to the Scottish Open from 1987 until 1994 as well as having hosted other prestigious events such as the Dunhill Trophy, Curtis Cup and WPGA Championship of Europe.
There are so many great holes to mention just one, but the third is often cited as the firm favorite. With an unusually steep hill, and blind approach shot it is undoubtedly one to watch out for early in your round…..Lee Trevino famously remarked ‘If Heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee times left’ – and its eighteenth is one of the most glorious finishes in golf.
Overall the King’s Course fits effortlessly into the land and oozes appeal to players of all abilities. When you combine your golf with a stay in the fabulous hotel, this is a match made in heaven and worthy of inclusion on any golf vacation to Scotland.