Gleneagles (Queen's) - Perth & Kinross - Scotland

Gleneagles Hotel,
Auchterarder,
Perthshire,
PH3 1NF,
Scotland


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The Queen’s course is the pretty little sister at Gleneagles. The holes are set within an all together softer landscape than the King’s and PGA Centenary courses. She’s only a short course and not the most challenging, but she is exquisitely delicate and stunningly beautiful. Patric Dickinson summed up Gleneagles in his book, A Round of Golf Courses: “So let us be fair from the very start; or even before the start, Gleneagles is something that was created, and exists, sheerly to please; if I may take a simile from the theatre, it is glorious musical comedy.”

Designed by James Braid and C.K. Hutchison, the Queen’s course opened for play in 1917. From the medal tees, the course measures less than 6,000 yards, but with a lowly par of 68, it represents an immensely enjoyable challenge. This is one of the finest parcels of golfing land in the British Isles. The holes weave their way across undulating moorland, through charming woodland, to greens set in pretty glades. The ball sits proudly on the springy fairways, inviting the most solid strike. The greens are true and ideal for bold putting and this really is an enchanting and exhilarating place to play golf.

Gleneagles is unusual in that it has three different golf courses and it’s also unique because it’s the only place in Scotland to have three Top 100 inland courses. This is a place to enjoy the entertainment and have some fun. Or as Patric Dickinson said: “Gleneagles is one of the wonders of the golfing world, a kind of Hanging Garden of Babylon on a Scottish hillside, and if you marry Golf, here’s the place to spend your Hinny Mune!” ¹

¹ Honeymoon.

Gleneagles completed a renovation programme on the Queen’s course in 2017. Eighty-nine bunkers were rebuilt to improve drainage and enhance the sand line visibility on each of these hazards. Fairway mowing lines were also modified to return the course to James Braid’s original design plan. Additionally, the 16th green, which is laid out in a natural bowl shape, was also upgraded to improve drainage.

Scott Fenwick, Golf Courses and Estate Manager, said: “As with the re-launch of The King’s Course last summer, our work over the last 18 months on The Queen’s Course has taken it back to how it would have been in Braid’s day. Braid’s bunker designs at Gleneagles were based on the courses supporting summer play only, so to bring them back to his original design concept, and make them playable all-year-round, marks a tremendous achievement.

“In the mid-1980s we began changing the identity of The Queen’s to meet golfers’ expectations at that time, which included reshaping the course until the fairways became really narrow and the original bunkers were moved into the rough. Using archived photographs and Braid’s designs as our guide, we’ve reversed most of those changes, increasing the fairways by around 40 per cent.

“On the 11th hole, for instance, we’ve removed one bunker and resurrected another that used to sit in the rough – bringing back into play a more strategic hazard and ultimately transforming how the course is played, giving golfers a more traditional experience. Additionally, around the course, we’re re-introducing Scottish heather to frame the fairways and better reflect the course’s appearance in the 1920s.”

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Description: 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. Rating: 7.4 out of 10 Reviews: 27
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Mark Eley
The Queen's Course is first class and I remain unsure as to whether I enjoyed it more than the King's - that's how good it is. There are definitely more stand out holes here but length, particularly nowadays, counts against it. The 7th, 10th, 12th, 17th and 18th made a real impression on me.
April 13, 2006
8 / 10
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Jim Robertson
You can't just talk about the course! The Queen's may be the most beautiful place to play golf in the world. Sun glistens through the trees, deer appear on the fairway, birds swoop and soar, the views of the surrounding hills are simply lovely...Now, the course: the biggest differential between the halves of any course I know -- the back nine is about 6 shots easier. Both are crammed with interesting and challenging holes, notably the par 3s. But the whole experience is a golfing treat as well as an aesthetic one. If you come to Gleneagles for the first time play the Queen's first, then the King's.
February 19, 2006
8 / 10
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Peter
If this course was a baby you would pinch its cheek and say, " Ohh you lovely cute little, lovely, little, sweet, bbblll, baby, baby (possibly blow on its tummy at this stage)". I love this course. I would rate it second to only the Ailsa at Turnberry, and that said the two are far from comparable. The Queen's is a perfect club golfer track. It is short enough to allow you to score, and pristine enough to let you know you are playing at a world class venue. Take my advice on this, put your pride to one side, don't pretend that you can threaten the PGA off the blue tees (trust me I have played it), instead enjoy all the qualities of Gleneagles on this beautiful course. I hope you get a better impression of the lay out from other reviews, but I hope my review provides you with the best possible day out. Enjoy, I certainly did, and will again.
August 18, 2005
10 / 10
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Jim McCann

If the Queen's at Gleneagles is the cute little sister of the three courses then the King's is the horrible big brother and the PGA the ugly big sister (more of the latter two in their review sections). I played the Queen's in October 2003 (Gleneagles have had an internet offer of around 30 quid a course in October the last few years so keep your eyes peeled on the web) and found this to be a far better experience than the one I'd had at the King's when I played it.

It's a touch under 6000 yards from the medal tees so not too long. The condition of the course from tee to putting surface is so good – everything is well manicured and presented. Some of the views are simply stunning and the whole layout blends in beautifully to its surroundings.

The halfway house is worth visiting for a ten minute break on your way round and the Dormie clubhouse has first class facilities from a steam room in the lockers to great food in the lounge; it's pricey in here, but how often do you play at a venue like Gleneagles? If you plan to make a day of it and play two of the three courses, make the Queen's one of your choices and you'll be guaranteed at least half a good day out.

Jim McCann

January 24, 2005
6 / 10
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Bart Boudreaux
I must be missing something with the whole Gleneagles thing. Yes, great hotel and nice views but the courses are average and terribly overpriced. These types of courses come a dime a dozen in the states so maybe I'm tarnished by that. Downfield and Rosemount are as good and only half the price.
January 01, 2005
6 / 10
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Jim Robertson
On a nice day the Queens makes you glad a) to be alive and b) that you're a golfer. The views, wildlife and course design are incomparable. How you play is almost secondary (we lost 7&6 and still enjoyed it). You'll find a huge difference between the nines in terms of difficulty -- back nine about 6 shots easier -- but you will never regret anything about your day. Best holes? 6, 7, 10, 13 & 17 for the golf; all of them for the scenery!
October 30, 2004
10 / 10
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Billy
Such an enjoyable experience. A course to savour in beautiful surroundings. A complete honour and delight to play the Queen's.
April 01, 2004
8 / 10
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