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Gleneagles Kings Course

Course

9.3

Greens

8

Facilities

9.8

Value

9.5

Hospitality

10

Average rating

9.3

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Gleneagles Kings Course

Auchterarder

Perth & Kinross

Scotland

PH3 1NF

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Tough but stunning

Average rating

9.6

1st May, 2017, by Roper1592

I played the Kings Course at Gleneagles with friends from Bunkers Golf Society on 27th April 2017.

Firstly, what an unbelievable experience Gleneagles is for any avid golfer. The whole set up is just impressive from the moment you drive through the gates. The best way I can describe it is like Augusta of the UK. Literally, everything you see is immaculate. From the bedding flowers as you walk around, to the decor in the changing rooms. However, the courses [rightly] are the stars of the show.

The Kings Course is similar in design and feel to the Queens Course at Gleneagles. However, it is an entirely different beast - and by that, I do mean BEAST. We played on a day when the wind was around 15-20mph - nothing too harsh, but strong enough to make this course a real challenge. At just under 6100 yards, its 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 the fifth, "Het Girdle" (Hot Pan), is a challenging par 3 with trouble everywhere except on the green as its 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 greens were a bit behind the Queens course on our visit - due to them being 1/2 weeks behind on the maintenance schedule and also because of weather issues slowing growth, but they were still far better than most I will play on in the UK at this time of year.

The experience of Gleneagles is something everyone should experience. Yes, it doesn`t come cheap - but it offers value relative to what you get. We were fortunate to enjoy a favourable rate due to an offer that was in place during early 2017, but its definitely somewhere you should try and play.

The club house isn`t cheap [£5.50 per pint and £14 for a glass of red wine!!!] but you don`t HAVE to buy in there to enjoy the sheer quality of the venue.

Course

10

Greens

8

Facilities

10

Value

10

Hospitality

10

Superb Golf Course Play It!!

Average rating

9

1st May, 2017, by Brad67

Course

8

Greens

7

Facilities

10

Value

10

Hospitality

10

What a joy!

Average rating

9.8

29th April, 2017, by d1ashley

I had the joy of playing this course on the second day of a three day golfing break with friends from Bunkers Golf Society.
We had previously played the Queen's Course and just like the previous day we all agreed that these had been the best tracks we had ever had the privilege of playing.
The courses are simply stunning in terms of their layout, condition and presentation.
The staff could not have been more courteous or welcoming.
The weather was unusually dry and mild throughout.
I would highly recommend this course to any serious golfer!
The Dormy House was very comfortable and the bar extremely well stocked. At £14 for a glass of red wine though (yes £14!) some might choose to have their post round drink elsewhere.

Course

10

Greens

9

Facilities

10

Value

10

Hospitality

10

Albatross!

Average rating

8.8

28th September, 2015, by MrDaveKerr

It's difficult to be critical of a golf course where you have had your first hole in one; never mind one that was also an albatross! But I think I'd struggle to be critical of the glorious King's Course anyway.

The welcome from the staff is the same as all of the courses here; warm, friendly and typically Scottish!

The course itself is a classic James Braid design; undulating fairways, well guarded greens and thoughtfully located fairway cross bunkers.

Above all it's as natural as they come.

The first offers a gentle introduction with a fairway as wide as any I've ever seen leading to a (very!) elevated green.

Other holes of note on the front nine are:
- the 3rd: Silver Tassie; where a good drive puts you in ideal place to knock a blind second shot over the high ridge which sits just in front of the green. Make sure you check the pin position (could be 2 clubs different) before taking that approach shot
- the 7th: Kittle Kink; a severe dog leg left (must be nearly 90 degrees) which sees the golfer hit their drive over another ridge to the unseen fairway. Cut the corner correctly and you've got a good shot into the green but get it wrong and you might run through into the rough on the other side of the fairway
- the 9th: Heich o'fash; a dogleg right the hole drops down to a flat spot on the fairway (not something you will be blessed with a lot on this course!) then reaches back up to another elevated green well defended by a bank and testing bunkering.

The 10th will take you back into the halfway house (shared with the Queen's Course) so be sure to place your order on the tee!

It's a straight hole but plenty of gorse and heather border the fairway to gobble up any wayward golf balls.

Skipping ahead to the 13th (Braid's Brawest; he always appended his name to what he considered to be the best hole he designed on his courses) and it's classic James Braid. Uphill all the way with bunkers designed to grab golf balls and a green which slopes down from front to back (not something you see a lot in recent course architecture) this is a belter of a hole.

Now to my personal favourite; the 14th 'Dainty Den'. And please excuse the indulgence of using this review to describe my first (and so far only!) hole-in-one.

It was mid-August and the course was in immaculate condition. I was in the first group out on the first tee at 7am.

My play had been relative mediocre stepping onto the 14th tee; I was playing to somewhere around my handicap which was a modest 18.

The hole was playing around 249 from the yellow tees and I'd managed a few birdies with good drives here before so I hit the driver again.

If anything the ball came off the club a bit skinny and took a very low trajectory towards the right hand side of the green. There was a bit of rough, bunkers and a tree or two over there so, after seeing it disappear over the low ridge which sits about 2/3rds of the way down the fairway I debated whether to hit a provisional.

Deciding that I'd just take my medicine I scuttled off down the fairway after my ball.

I must have spent a good few minutes searching the rough before a greenskeeper suggested I take a look in the hole ... low and behold, there it was!

The flag was on the right edge of the green, about three quarters of the way up the green. There is some slight shouldering to the green on the front right and the ball must have found just the right slope and kicked into the cup.

It's a green a lot of people drive and now, every time I step onto the tee with friends, there's almost an expectation that one of us will hole out or, at least, get close.

Not one to forget in a hurry and is definitely the reason that the King's Course will always be one of my favourites.

From the 14th you had down the longish 15th downhill (massive green!) towards the par 3 16th and dogleg 17th before heading up the last back towards the Dormy House.

The 18th requires a properly solid drive to take you over a ridge running across the fairway then down into the, again, massive green where Terry Wogan holed that monster putt from one edge of the green to another (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOLYnb1GL4c).

A spankingly good golf course, in a spectacular location. What's not to like!

Course

9

Greens

8

Facilities

9

Value

8

Hospitality

10