Gleneagles Kings Course, opened in 1919, is a stunning success of golf course design, which has tested the powers of golfing, both professional and amateur, for almost a hundred years. The course provides a winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure and is ranked amongst the very best golf courses in the world, offering challenges for all levels of player.
It is certainly one of the most striking and stimulating places to play golf in the world, with 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.
You find out all about the challenge with your first approach shot. What looks like a simple pitch to the elevated green is much more of a challenge with severely sloping greens and a bunker twenty feet below. You must be sure to select the correct club, because the shot is always a little longer than you think, with the wind over the putting surface often stronger than you can feel it from the fairway.
All the holes have evocative and pithy Scots names. For example, the fifth, “Het Girdle” (Hot Pan), is a challenging par 3 with trouble every-where except on the green, while 17th’s name, “Warslin’ Lea” (Wrestling Ground), reflects the difficulty so many golfers have had with this long, sweeping par 4.