Top 10 Golf Courses in Perth & Kinross 2015
Perth & Kinross Best in Region rankings updated
Gleneagles, in Perth & Kinross, is one of the brightest jewels in the Scottish golfing crown. Only last year, it played host to the 40th edition of Ryder Cup matches between the top professional players of Europe and the United States of America and nobody will surely ever forget how magnificent the resort looked over the course of that fantastic three-day event.
All three 18-hole courses at Gleneagles feature prominently in our newly updated regional chart for Perth & Kinross, with the King’s course retaining its number 1 position. Designed by James Braid and constructed by C. K. Hutchison, this wonderful moorland course actually hosted the first informal Britain v USA professional competition back in 1921, when the home team defeated their American opponents with a score of 9 points to 3.
Moving up one place to number 2 in the listing, the Queen’s course at Gleneagles is a shorter track that’s more suited to the average club golfer, offering a little respite from the championship rigours of the other two 18-hole courses on the property. Designed and built at the same time as the King’s course, the Queen’s is another beautiful moorland layout that’s capable of providing more than a decent test of golf.
The PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles retains the number 4 position in our new Perth & Kinross standings, and this Jack Nicklaus-designed layout (originally called the Monarch’s when it opened in 1993) was actually a redesign of the old Glendevon course, along with some holes from the Prince's. Extensively remodelled a couple of years before the 2014 Ryder Cup matches, it will certainly be remembered in very fond terms by supporters of the European team.
The only other upward movement from lower down the chart comes from the course at Alyth, which advances one place, from 9 to 8. The original 9-hole layout was designed by Old Tom Morris, soon after the club formed in 1894, then James Braid added six holes in 1934 when he fashioned the 18-hole course that still retains many of the design traits from both eminent architects today.
There’s one new entry on the chart at number 10 and it’s the Rannaleroch course at Strathmore Golf Centre, which won praise from a sizeable number of respondents to our recent regional course survey. Opened in the mid-1990s, the 18-hole layout is part of a 27-hole golf complex which was designed by John Salvesen and constructed using minimal earth movement.
We’re very grateful to all the clubs and professionals in this region who contributed to our re-ranking process. To view more details of the courses in our newly updated Perth & Kinross Top 10 rankings, click the link. If you’ve played extensively across this region and would like to help shape the next edition of the chart then please drop Editor-in-Chief Keith Baxter an email at [email protected]. We don’t publish definitive course rankings but we do like to think we present the most informed listings.Jim McCann
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