Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 16
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 16
The par-3 16th hole at Pitlochry Golf Course falls downhill among the trees. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 1
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 1
The first hole begins the arduous climb to higher ground at Pitlochry Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 3
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 3
The fence line on the right means out of bounds on the third hole at Pitlochry Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 9
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 9
After a blind tee shot, the ninth hole a Pitlochry Golf Course bends left to this green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 10
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 10
It's a blind approach to a sunken green on the interesting 10th hole at Pitlochry Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 12
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 12
A tiny, almost invisible stream crosses the 12th fairway of Pitlochry Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 14
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 14
The 277-yard 14th hole at Pitlochry Golf Course is drivable for everybody since it's downhill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 17
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 17
Fading daylight shines on the par-4 17th hole at Pitlochry Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Pitlochry Golf Course - hole 18
The view from the elevated 18th tee reveals the colorful roof of the clubhouse at Pitlochry Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Pitlochry Golf Course sits in a lovely natural setting in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Pitlochry Golf Course in Perthshire, Scotland: Short on yardage, long on charm

PERTHSHIRE, Scotland -- My tweet proclaiming Pitlochry Golf Course the "best course in the world ... under 6,000 yards" might or might not be accurate. I haven't played too many par-69 courses that are only 5,692 yards long, but I can't image a more interesting layout in such a sublime setting anywhere else in the world.

Perhaps its toughest competition for this mythical title is an hour away: the Queen's Course at Gleneagles, a 5,926-yard, par-68 course designed by James Braid in 1917. Where I believe Pitlochry trumps the Queen's Course is the personality of its holes.

Pitlochry has more drivable par 4s (3 to 1), a cool punchbowl green at no. 10 and a series of wild climbs that add character and toughness to a handful of holes. The first three holes will take your breath away -- literally. Walking up these three par 4s is a chore, even for the fittest golfer. The views of the surrounding countryside on higher ground is worth this effort.

Most short courses have goofy spots or feel hemmed in. Pitlochry has none of that, although some first-timers might not like the daunting approach shot to a hilltop green on no. 5 or the blind tee shot on no. 9.

The day finishes at a charming red-roofed clubhouse that locals love for its quality food. If you looked up the term "hidden gem" in a golf dictionary, there most certainly would be a picture of Pitlochry.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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