The Gleneagles Hotel
Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1NF
Tel : (01764) 663543 Fax : (07194) 694383

One of Britain's top clubs with several courses laid out over heathland, Gleneagles has long been a haven for great golf. Designed with help from the legendary James Braid, the courses offers wide fairways, large greens and strategically placed hazards. In previous years, Gleneagles has hosted the Curtis Cup and in 1921, the first match between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland, which later became the Ryder Cup.

20 miles south of Perth on A9; 20 miles north of Stirling.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 18 Aug 1998. Golf academy with driving range. Hotel number is (01764) 662231

Course Details

Course Name: Kings Holes: 18 Yardage: 6471 SSS: 71
Quite a long course made up mostly of par 4s, this course poses great challenges with a lack of accuracy severaly penalised by the numerous hazards. Confidence and skill are required to master the course and it should therefore be particularly appealing to the low handicapper.

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Course Name: Monarch Holes: 18 Yardage: 7081 SSS: 74
The fairly new Jack Nicklaus designed, monster, which is an experience of a different kind. Set in Scotland with that American edge to it, this course has some outstanding holes to play upon and if you have the time to stay and then play at this excellent resort then you will have made a wise choice.
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Course Name: Queens Holes: 18 Yardage: 5965 SSS: 69
This course is one of the most aesthetically pleasing courses in Scotland. Grandiose views, tranquil settings and a shear joy to play. Not as long as the Kings course but more picturesque, this course is similarly designed. It has more hazards, particularly water and trees. Once again, the great challenges set by this course guarantee a rewarding experience. However, the course is perhaps more suited to the more experienced golfer.
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Course Name: Wee Par 3 Holes: 9 Yardage: 1481 SSS:
This course opened in the summer of 1928 and was designed by George Alexander who was the head green keeper at the time. This is a hilly course.
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Reader Comments / Reviews Leave a comment
  • KIngs Course

    Mark wrote on: Aug 31, 2004

    Having just returned from a stay at Gleneagles I felt compelled to write. The Kings course was a fantastic round of golf. The views were great and the holes each had their own distinctive look and challenge. I was fortunate enough to have a caddy with 24 years experience of the Gleneagles courses, his knowledge was unquestionable and his guidance superb but more than that at the end of the round I felt I had gained a friend. The stories we shared and the laughs we had only added to the wonderful day. It turned a round of golf into an iluminated guided tour. I will be going back to play again and I will certainly be asking for the same caddy whom I could not recommend more highly.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Burk and Jeannie 8/99

    Burk and Jeannie wrote on: Jul 31, 1999

    I was able to play the Kings course twice this year at the end of April. The first time I played it was on my own as a single. Playing late in the afternoon, I was able to marvel at what a wonderful golf course that Braid designed. I played the course also with a caddy 2 days later. The elevation changes of the course and the variety of the holes is fabulous. We have been able to play on a number of courses in the Isles,U.S., and Mexico, but this one is one of the best. Number 4 is a 466 yard par 4 that is uphill! And there are 3 or 4 others that are just as strong, but these are not long just to be long-they have character to match. If you ever have a chance to play this one, do not pass up the chance. You may not shoot your best score, but the experience will not be forgotten. Also with 2 starters with the last names of Watson & Cruickshank, what more can you ask!


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Eoin Dickson 11/98

    Eoin Dickson wrote on: Oct 31, 1998

    The Kings Course is a magnificent place to play golf. One tip - if you can then get yourself a caddy - here's some real 'characters' caddying there. If you ask for a line from the tee the reply will invariably be 'On the right side of the left trap' or 'On the left side of the right trap'. Always tip them well, but don't be tempted to add a little something if they tell you its their birthday, its a cunning trick.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Sorrell, Sean J 11/98

    Sorrell, Sean J wrote on: Oct 31, 1998

    I played the Kings course twice and Monarch once during my visit there in June '97. The caddies were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and very competitive. They had side bet working on the golfer for whom they were caddying. They also were susceptible to taking one or more snorts of Scotch should you carry a flask in your bag--highly recommended!
    Most courses tend to start out gently allowing you to get your swing tuned and ready as it becomes increasing more challenging--but not the Kings as Number 1 is the best starting hole I have ever played. From the medal tees, it showed to be about 420 yards, but it plays into the prevailing wind, and the green is at least 30 feet above the fairway. It is also two tiered, so even if you are fortunate to be on, the adventure is not over. The stretch of 4-7 is just outstanding, as most of the back nine. It's a shame they moved the Scottish Open from here, but the Hotel is a little out of the way. About the Kings course, Lee Trevino said ' If Heaven is better than this, I can't wait to get there.'
    The Monarch is the newest course, and while it had some very good holes, the Jack Nicklaus layout, and the presence of golf carts sort of subtracted from the experience. The Hotel is outstanding, the beer is cold and the Hotel bar has some very knowledgeable bartenders in regards to Scotch.