The Gleneagles Hotel - King's Course

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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6790 yards
Slope 139
Rating 0.0
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.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6790 yards 139
White 70 6471 yards 136
Yellow 68 6066 yards 133
Green 75 5873 yards 134
Red 71 5220 yards 129
Scorecard for King's
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 74.0/133 362 436 374 466 178 480 444 178 409 3327 499 230 442 464 309 459 158 377 525 3463 6790
White M: 73.0/131 362 405 374 466 161 476 439 158 354 3195 447 230 395 448 260 459 135 377 525 3276 6471
Yellow M: 71.0/126 352 386 360 443 149 455 430 155 335 3065 429 162 352 423 249 438 128 367 453 3001 6066
Green M: 68.0/114 W: 75.0/134 344 376 344 442 130 422 423 138 326 2945 410 156 346 418 241 431 123 359 444 2928 5873
Red W: 71.0/129 286 287 290 420 114 391 369 131 289 2577 371 114 332 360 215 402 113 329 407 2643 5220
Handicap 6 14 9 2 16 8 4 17 12 1 10 13 7 15 3 18 11 5
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 1919
Golf Season Year round
Architect James Braid (1919)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - for medical reasons only
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes - mandatory for medical reasons
Golf School Academy Yes - "The PGA National Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed Rental shoes available
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No denims or collarless shirts.

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A non-links paradise in Scotland

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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A heathland gem

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.

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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Great golf, no links required

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!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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$145 Starting price
Valid dates: Feb 11, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
4 days/ 3 nights with unlimited golf, starting at $145 pp/pn
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