Scotland's Golfing Heaven

Gleneagles is one of the most famous golfing destinations in the world and was awarded the European Golf Resort of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. It oozes class from the moment you arrive. The 850-acre Gleneagles estate offers an unrivalled array of attractions that includes a five-star luxury hotel that holds the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars, an award-winning spa and of course three outstanding golf courses. It is also blessed with a train station just two minutes from the hotel with direct trains from Glasgow and London.

The three outstanding championship golf courses at Gleneagles were designed by James Braid - who brought both the King's and Queen's courses, while probably golf’s greatest player, Jack Nicklaus, added the PGA Centenary Course. Playing any of the three courses is a phenomenal experience that is like a golfing heaven. The flowing green hills to the South, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich to the West mean that the views of the surrounding area of Auchterarder and beyond are breath-taking and will having you continually reaching for your camera as much as your golf clubs.

Gleneagles has hosted a number of major golf tournaments, the most notable being the 2014 Ryder Cup, which was played on the PGA Centenary Course. Gleneagles also hosted the 2019 Solheim Cup.

The Queens course is described as the shortest of the 3 available but certainly doesn't lack behind either of the other two. The layout is simply stunning. The holes are cut into the beautiful natural surroundings and are undulating and contoured without being punishing.

The Kings Course is similar in design and feel to the Queens Course however it is an entirely different beast - and by that, I do mean BEAST. Even a moderate wind is enough to make this course a real challenge. At just under 6100 yards, it’s hardly a monster on the scorecard but then when you realise there are no Par 5`s and there are 7 par 4`s that hover around the 450 yard mark, you can see why all abilities need to be on top of their game to score well here.

The course is undulating and almost every lie is either above or below your feet and this offers an even greater test of ability. However, it is an absolutely phenomenal golf course and every single hole is memorable. The fifth, "Het Girdle" (Hot Pan), is a challenging par 3 with trouble everywhere except on the green as it’s like an upturned wok with bunkers peppered around it. The 15th is long par 4 down a steep hill and is just simply stunning. A solid drive left a 7/8 iron to hit 170-180 yards - even for those who are used to maybe only getting 150 yards from that very club.

The PGA Centenary course seems to divide opinion if you read online reviews. It’s a different animal from the 2 others at Gleneagles - with them being cut and contoured more into the natural undulations of the land and the PGA being more placed into the surroundings. Also, the length of walk between green and next tee is typically American with long and winding cart paths that must add a couple of miles to the overall step count on the course. The fact that you can only hire buggies for the PGA tells you it’s a long old walk. However, don't let these points put you off as this is a sensational 18 holes of golf that Jack Nicklaus has designed.

There's more of a PGA/USA feel to the course, with plenty more water and the placement of bunkers, but the views and appearance are in keeping with everything else at Gleneagles - simply unreal. Being able to walk through the tunnel to the 1st tee [that is still bearing the branding from the Ryder Cup] and hit the tee shot that you will have watched all those stars smash down the 1st tee is worth the visit alone.

More Than Just A Golf Venue

At Gleneagles, guests can enjoy an extensive range of country pursuits and leisure activities such as shooting, falconry, riding, tennis, fishing and archery; all of which take place within the estate. Instructors are experts in their fields and take enormous pride in their work, adhering to the very highest of professional standards.

At Gleneagles, they also believe that age should not be a barrier to enjoying the activities on offer, which is why everything adults can do, children can do too, from driving scaled-down Land Rovers to riding miniature ponies. Gleneagles is something any keen golfer should go and experience. Yes, it doesn`t come cheap - but it offers value relative to what you get. The resort also has seasonal offers that are worth looking out for as once you have been you will continually dream of a return.

Why Not Tour The Local Golfing Area?

Aside from the Gleneagles resort, Perthshire is blessed with many other beautiful golf courses that suit all budgets. Courses such as Blairgowrie, Auchterarder, Alyth and Pitlochry.

Find all the courses in the local area along with information and golfer reviews. Plus details on any deals and offers for the clubs. Click READ MORE below. 

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