Gleneagles (Queen's)

Gleneagles (Queen's)

Gleneagles (Queen's) Golf Club

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The Gleneagles Resort is home to three stunning courses, with the James Braid-designed Queen's Course being one of them.

The course was designed by the five-time Open Champion prior to the First World War. Following the War, construction continued, and the course was opened in 1919, alongside the King's Course.

The course sits on the north and west parts of the resort, and winds its way through high ridges. There is some distracting scenery, which can take your eye off the danger that lies in wait during a round on the delightful Queen's.

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A Brief History of Gleneagles (Queen's) Golf Club

Donald Matheson was the man behind the plans for the Gleneagles Resort, with a project implemented to bring golf and a hotel to the region.

Those plans were halted when the First World War began in 1914, but soon came to fruition after the War. James Braid, the five-time Open Champion, was brought in to design the King's and Queen's Courses, with the two 18-hole lay-outs both opening in 1919. The hotel at the Gleneagles Resort was opened five years later.

The venue made sporting history in 1921, hosting the first international match between a team of American golfers and a team of British golfers, in a precursor to the Ryder Cup. During the Second World War, the hotel was used as a military hospital for injured soldiers, before becoming a rehabilitation centre for miners. It reopened as a hotel in 1947.

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The Queen's Course is considered to be the easiest of the three courses at Gleneagles, but as a Par 68 at around 6,000 from the back tees, it is certainly a tough test for golfers of all abilities.

The course opens with what might be classed as a gentle par-4, but it still measures at more than 400 from the tips. A short par-3 follows, but club selection is vital, as four bunkers lie in wait for anything short of the green. A pair of par-4s come before the second par-3 on the course. The 5th has five bunkers dotted around the green, and at 177 yards to the centre from the back tees, it requires a mid-to-long iron, at least.

A lengthy par-4 follows on, with views over the course coming from one of the highest points. 7 is the first par-5 on the Queen's, and at less than 500 yards, it is definitely reachable in two. 8 is another birdie opportunity at less than 340 yards, while the 9th is a tough test to bring the opening side to a close. 

Like the front side, the opening hole of the back nine is a tough par-4 at more than 400 yards. At just 309 yards from the tips, 11 could be seen as a driveable par-4 on a good day, but in the cold Scottish breeze, it can still be a birdie opportunity with a fairway wood or long-iron and then a short wedge. 12 is certainly tough, at 433 yards, but a good approach to the back of the green leaves an uphill putt for birdie.

13 and 14 are back-to-back par-3s, which are very different. Both feature water on the right side of the green, but that is about where the similarities end. From the backs, 13 measures at just 140 yards, while the 14th is a whopping 215 yards long. 15 offers up another birdie opportunity. It measures just 252 yards making it very driveable for many golfers.

The closing stretch on the Queen's Course doesn't get any easier. For instance, if you thought that 14 was a long par-3, then wait until you get to the 17th. The penultimate hole on the course measures at more than 250 yards from the tips. 16 and 18 are both par-4s, with the closer featuring five greenside bunkers, just for that easy finish!

Which is the easiest course at Gleneagles?

Of the 3 courses at Gleneagles, the Queen's Course is widely regarded as the easiest as it is a fair bit shorter and has the smallest greens. However, being an easier course does not mean that the rounds played here are any less enjoyable.

Where is Gleneagles Golf Club located?

Gleneagles Golf Club is located in Auchterarder, in the Perth and Kinross region of Scotland, United Kingdom. It is part of the Gleneagles Hotel and Resort complex, which includes several golf courses, with the most famous being the PGA Centenary Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The nearest train station to Gleneagles Golf Club is Gleneagles Railway Station. This station is conveniently located on the main railway line that connects cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow to Perth and other destinations in Scotland.

From Gleneagles Railway Station, it's a short taxi ride or a walk to reach the Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Club complex. The station provides easy access for visitors traveling to the area by train.

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