The Gleneagles Hotel - King's Course

4.7058823529 4.7 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6790 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Layout

  • The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland PH3 1NF
  • 1 (866) 881 9525, +44 (0) 1764 662231
  • +44 (0) 1764 662134
  • gleneagles.com
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Year built: 1919
Architect(s): James Braid (1919)
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - for medical reasons only
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes - mandatory for medical reasons

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "The PGA National Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: Rental shoes available
Dress code: No denims or collarless shirts.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6790 yards N/A 139
White 70 6471 yards N/A 136
Yellow 68 6066 yards N/A 133
Green 75 5873 yards N/A 134
Red 71 5220 yards N/A 129

The five-star Gleneagles Resort is home to three heathland golf courses, two of which are James Braid-designed classics from the 1920s: the Kings and Queens courses.

While the 2014 Ryder Cup is set to be played on Gleneagles' modern PGA Centenary Course designed by Jack Nicklaus, resort golfers enjoy the traditional stylings of Braid, complete with large, menacing bunkers set through beautiful Scottish countryside. Gleneagles is also conveniently located less than an hour's drive from St. Andrews making it a favorite on many east Scotland golf tours.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

5 out of 5 reviews


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t1140976785's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



t1858928591's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A non-links paradise in Scotland"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Moorland, heathland, inland - I've seen all three words describe the King's course. I can add one more - special. It's tough for a non-links course to resonate with Americans visiting the Home of Golf, but this is one old-school classic that does.

The King's owes its impressive pedigree to James Braid, who took great advantage of the miraculous terrain carved by glaciers centuries ago. The first hole is the prime example with a rise to an elevated green that requires two to three clubs extra to reach in regulation.

Some of the views of the surrounding glens and mountains stretch for miles. The King's has hosted the Scottish Open and Curtis Cup, so it's a fine test of golf that's centrally located between the highlands and the Glasgow/Edinburgh airports.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A heathland gem"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

If you play one non-links golf course during your visit to Scotland, The King's Course at Gleneagles is probably your best option. It's an old world, James Braid design full of flavor. Bunkers are monstrous, there are blind shots and plenty of difficulty, but peppered in are some delightful shorter holes and an overall sense that this is the ideal amount of challenge one would want in a round of golf. The surrounding scenery is surreal and pace of play is excellent. The resort, of course, is 5 stars all the way. It's roughly an hour's drive from St. Andrews, so be sure to stop by for a round if you can.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great golf, no links required"


picayune1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

After travelling so much in Scotland I am often asked what are my favourite golf courses, and my response is always Royal Dornoch, Cruden Bay and North Berwick. I love links golf! Having said that, I have to say that The Kings Course at Gleneagles could easily be one of my top three. This is a championship quality golf course at a world class resort. Forget the Nicklaus designed PGA Centenary Course, who wants to play a typical US style golf course in Scotland. The Kings Course is a classic moorland (hilly) course with great sightlines, breathtaking views, and some great golf holes. The resort itself is high end, the golf course reflects this. If you're tired of the links I highly recommend this golf course!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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