Those coming to play the Queen’s at Gleneagles can expect an immaculate course in a stunning Perthshire setting. Although short, at around 6,000 yards, it is a par 68 so it’s no walkover. The opening few holes are probably the hardest test with several par 4s topping the 400-yard mark that demand long, straight driving. Get warmed up for the closing holes – they aren’t as intimidating and an opportunity to shoot low. Hole after hole the course remains incredibly pretty and you find yourself admiring the landscape as much as you do enjoying the golf.
The back-to-back par 3s at 13 and 14 are right in the centre of the course and you see them on the lower level when playing the 4th and 5th. They aren’t the best par 3s you will ever play but there is a sense of calm when down on that section of the course that makes it pretty special. There is also a pond that will gather anything off line.
Despite looking short on the scorecard, the Queen’s course is no gimme. You need to drive it long and straight if you are to make any inroads here. The par-3 17th has a huge slope from front to back, try to get your ball past the hole to make it an easier two putt.