Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 1
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 1
The first hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a long par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 2
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 2
The second hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a short par 3 that plays 146 yards from the white tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 7
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 7
The seventh hole (Westlin' Wyne) is the only par 5 on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 9
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 9
The par-4 ninth hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a sharp dogleg right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - James Braid
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - James Braid
James Braid designed the two original courses at the Gleneagles Resort (King's and Queen's) and Jack Nicklaus designed the PGA Centenary Course in 1993. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 10
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 10
The par-4 10th hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a long par 4 that plays 421 yards from the white tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 13
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 13
The 13th hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a short but delicate 140-yard par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 15
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 15
The 15th hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a drivable par 4 that plays over large bunkers to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 17
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 17
The par-4 17th hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort is a long, demanding par 4 that plays to a narrow green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 18
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Gleneagles Resort - Queen's Course - hole 18
The 18th hole on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort plays 412 yards from the white tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gleneagles Resort - Dormy Clubhouse
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Gleneagles Resort - Dormy Clubhouse
The Dormy Clubhouse has fine locker facilities, a restaurant and a pro shop, all steps from the 18th green on the Queen's and King's Courses at the Gleneagles Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

The Queen's golf course at Gleneagles Resort a classic, Scottish heathland

The Queen's Course at Gleneagles Resort in Perth and Kinross is undeniably one of the great golf courses that play less than 6,000 yards.

This old-world gem dates back to 1918, when champion golfer James Braid began designing golf courses throughout the country. Playing beside the longer King's Course on the property's high northern and west ridges, the Queen's plays 5,965 yards from the medal tees. The two courses share both a halfway house as well as the Dormy Clubhouse, which was recently renovated and updated in preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Its short length can be deceiving, however, especially on the front nine. The opening hole (Trystin' Tree) is a 400-plus-yard par 4 that demands a long and straight drive, followed by an accurate approach to a small green. Another hole that has surely stood the test of time is the long par-4 sixth, which features a sunken, bowled fairway and an elevated green.

The back nine has some shorter holes, like the 15th, a drivable 252-yard par 4. But deep and intimidating bunkers, like on the King's Course, await those errant drives. The variety of par 3s is especially exciting on the Queen's, ranging from two that are less than 150 yards to the 14th, which is 211 yards.

In addition to the original King's and Queen's Courses, Gleneagles is also home to the PGA Centenary Course, a Jack Nicklaus design and the course for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Those who want an even shorter round than the Queen's can make use of the property's pitch 'n putt course on the hotel's front lawn, just across the street from the golf course.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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