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Gleneagles - King's golf course - hole 1
The first hole on the King's Course at Gleneagles climbs to an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - King's golf course - hole 2
Four bunkers ring the second green on the King's Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - King's golf course - hole 4
The par-4 fourth hole on the King's Course at Gleneagles plays tough at 466 yards long. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - King's golf course - hole 5
Good luck hitting the plateau green on the par-3 fifth hole on the King's Course at Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles - King's golf course - hole 7
The seventh hole on the King's Course at Gleneagles slings left. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The par-3 eighth green on the King's Course at Gleneagles slopes from front to back. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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After a tricky drive, the par-4 ninth hole on the King's golf course at Gleneagles gets even more difficult with an approach to an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The King's Course at Gleneagles offers up views of beautiful glens and mountains. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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If you can carry the bunkers, the ball should kick near the green on the short par-4 14th hole of the King's Course at Gleneagles. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The 17th hole of the King's Course at Gleneagles doglegs left to an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Scotland's best inland golf: The King's Course at Gleneagles

AUCHTERARDER, Scotland -- For golfers who think blind shots are only a phenomenon on a links, try a spin on the wild and wonderful King's Course at Gleneagles .

The King's Course, a heathland layout by James Braid that dates back to 1919, rides the natural ridges and fall lines of glacier-cut hills. Some of the movement is so severe that blind shots are inevitable. The best example is an intimidating wall of green grass guarding the hidden third green. Only an aiming post gives the indication there's golf to be played on the other side of the climb.

Other similarly interesting holes stock the King's, which hosted the Bell's Scottish Open eight times. The first hole rises skyward to a green located a three-club difference above the fairway. The par-4 seventh hole sling-shots left over a pair of bunkers. Ten protectively placed bunkers aim to block golfers from driving the 14th green on "Denty Den."

The resort's new owners have invested heavily to restore the King's to the look and style Braid intended. Rough has been shaved back and fairways widened to encourage a ground game similar to links golf. Greens have been enlarged to their original shapes and fairways realigned to bring bunkers back into play. The new look is actually nearly a century old. The King's will celebrate its centenary in 2019.

Did you know that the King's hosted the first match between British and American professionals in 1921, a precursor to The Ryder Cup? That's how historically significant this special course is.

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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