Perth & Kinross

Perth & Kinross is a land locked region so there’s no links golf played here. Instead, there are some wonderful tracts of moorland, heathland and parkland terrain to be found and it’s on some of these prime sites where top tracks like the three 18-hole layouts at Gleneagles or the two 18-hole courses at Blairgowrie have been laid out.

Around forty golf clubs and societies come under the auspices of Perth & Kinross County Golf Union and many of these clubs operate from little 9-hole courses tucked away in the glens of the Perthshire hills. There are more than a dozen of these wee charmers dotted around the area and it’s worth taking the time and trouble to turn off the beaten track now and then to discover these hidden gems.

Since the Scottish Area Team Championships was inaugurated by the Scottish Golf Union in 1977, Perth & Kinross district has won the event on three occasions. The first two titles came with back-to-back victories at Panmure in 2001 then at East Renfrewshire the following year. The most recent championship was claimed on home soil at Blairgowrie in 2012.

Not many people are aware that the oldest Royal golf club in the world resides in the county of Perthshire & Kinross. Royal Perth Golfing Society and County and City Club, as it's now named, was the first club to have the honoured Royal title conferred by a British monarch (King William IV) in 1833, eleven years after its formation.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Perth & Kinross

Gleneagles (King's)

1st Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

Gleneagles is the perfect setting for a game of golf and the King’s course is surely the best moorland track in the world.

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Gleneagles (Queen's)

2nd Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

The Queen’s course is the pretty little sister at the Gleneagles Hotel. She’s only short course but she's exquisitely delicate and stunningly beautiful.

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Blairgowrie (Rosemount)

3rd Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

The Rosemount course at Blairgowrie Golf Club is charmingly situated at the feet of the Grampians, amongst the majestic pines, birch and heather.

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Gleneagles (PGA Centenary)

4th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

From the back tees, the PGA Centenary at Gleneagles is the longest inland course in Scotland. It was also the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Blairgowrie (Lansdowne)

5th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

The Lansdowne course at Blairgowrie Golf Club is routed through swathes of pine and silver birch trees which put a premium on accuracy off the tee.

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Auchterarder

6th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

Situated next door to the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles, Auchterarder Golf Club’s 18- hole moorland layout was extended from a 9-hole course in 1979.

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Pitlochry

7th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

If you can survive the climb up the first few holes at Pitlochry Golf Club, then the views are quite possibly the most breathtaking in golf.

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Alyth

8th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

Alyth Golf Club, in the Vale of Strathmore, is a little off the main Scottish golfing tracks, but is well worth the deviation away from other more well known courses.

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Crieff (Ferntower)

9th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

Located at the “gateway to the Highlands”, Crieff Golf Club is surrounded by dramatic scenery with views over the Strathearn Valley.

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Strathmore (Rannaleroch)

10th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area

Opened in 1996, the 18-hole Rannaleroch layout and 9-hole Leitfie Links short course comprise the exciting 27-hole golf facility at Strathmore Golf Centre.

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