Gleneagles Golf Resort King's Course Key Information
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|Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1NF.
|+44 (0)1764 290 030
|£275 a round high season; from £80-£200 at other times of year
|No stated restrictions
|Men: 71 blue, 70 white, 68 yellow; Ladies: 75 green, 71 blue
|Men: 139 blue, 136 white, 133 yellow; Ladies: 134 green, 129 red
Golf Monthly Verdict
The majesty of the glorious Perthshire countryside makes any round here an unforgettable experience over an historic and highly enjoyable James Braid course held in near-universal high esteem.
The King’s plays over a wonderfully undulating piece of land that offers visitors a tranquil golfing experience. It is a course of true quality and achievable challenge in just the right measures. There is no doubting which country you are in when you are here - it feels so inherently Scottish.
REASONS TO PLAY GLENEAGLES KING'S COURSE
- The chance to play one of Braid's finest courses exhibiting many of his best design traits
- One of the most glorious backdrops of any inland golf course in the UK&I
- Gleneagles is the perfect place to take in three adjacent but distinctly individual golf courses
UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 36
James Braid’s long-revered Perthshire masterpiece enjoys quite simply one of the most beautiful settings for golf in the UK&I. Carved through the pine trees, the King’s course rises and falls over springy moorland turf.
It may not be the longest (though longer than the sister Queen's course), but with blind shots, humps, hollows and sloping greens, this is a course that will only reward precise and considered play. Gleneagles is also one of just eight golf clubs or resorts to have more than one course that features in the Golf Monthly Top 100 Courses UK and Ireland.
The King’s opened for play in 1919 and has frequently been used for big events, among them several stagings of the Scottish Open. In 1921, a group of American professionals, including Walter Hagen, took on a team from Britain around the King’s course, a contest that would prove the testing ground and forerunner to a little event you may have heard of called the Ryder Cup six years later.
The opener is a stirring sight well-known to a certain generation of golfers who may never even have visited, courtesy of the popular Pro-Celebrity Golf series hosted by Peter Alliss in the 1980s. This modest-length par 4 rises steeply at the far end to a shelf green protected by a deep central bunker and several others to immediately gain elevation and further enhance the views.
The 3rd is then played totally blind over a steep crest, and whatever you may feel about such challenges, you’ll still experience a real sense of excited anticipation as you come over the brow to find out if you picked the right club and your approach is as good as you thought it was.
Of course, no-one would design such a hole these days, but this is Braid’s playground, and over recent years the resort has re-introduced a number of other long-lost Braid features to take fuller advantage of the King’s course’s heritage. The King's rightly continues to rate very highly in any list of the best inland golf courses in Scotland.
The majesty of the glorious Perthshire countryside makes any round here an unforgettable experience over an historic and highly enjoyable course held in near-universal high esteem.
What The Top 100 Panel Said
Gleneagles is a giant golfing playground (other pursuits are available) and, for me, the King's is the best test of golf. Perhaps not as sporty as the Queen's but more playable and enjoyable than the PGA Centenary. This is premium-level golf at a premium price, but all things considered, if you’re looking to treat yourself to something special, you won’t go far wrong here.
The King's course is pretty to look at. It has all the strengths and finesse of the Queen’s course, but there is just more of it to enjoy! The views from the 10th tee and high point on the 11th fairway towards or down Gleneagles Glen are excellent. A test for golfers of all abilities who can afford the green fees.
Gleneagles King's Course Location
Gleneagles King's Course Green Fees
|April 2023 - round / day
|£120 / £180
|Row 0 - Cell 2
|May 2023 - round / day
|£170 / £255
|Row 1 - Cell 2
|June 2023 - round / day
|£220 / £330
|Row 2 - Cell 2
|July to September 2023 - round / day
|£275 / £450
|Row 3 - Cell 2
|October 2023 - round / day
|£170 / £255
|Row 4 - Cell 2
|November 2023 - round
|Row 5 - Cell 2
|December 2023 - round
|Row 6 - Cell 2
Best Courses Near Gleneagles
It may be a relatively short track by modern standards, but the Queen’s delivers a complete test of golf. It’s long been a favourite at Gleneagles and works over recent years have greatly enhanced what was already a tremendous course in terms of both aesthetics and playability. Set on the high ground of the Gleneagles Estate, the views are phenomenal.
James Braid is one of the most prolific architects in our Top 100, and the Rosemount is his 1930s reworking of an earlier Alister MacKenzie design. While finding the fairways on this tree-lined classic is more about accuracy than brute force, the reward for so doing will be the chance to play from a perfect lie.
Best Places To Stay Near Gleneagles
Gleneagles - Book now at Booking.com
The world-famous five-star resort is set in 850 glorious acres and embraces the best of old-world French chateau-style class and 21st century standards. The beautiful grounds were inspired by Capability Brown, while dining options range from the Strathearn, The Birnam and Andrew Fairlie’s restaurant, to the informality of Auchterarder 70 in the clubhouse (Gleneagles' first telephone number!). It is simply a superb place to stay.
Cairn Lodge - Book now at Booking.com
Located in Auchterarder, the closest town to Gleneagles, Cairn Lodge is a charming Victorian hunting lodge with free WiFi and free parking. It offers luxurious accommodation and a restaurant specialising in seasonal dishes. Spacious and elegant, with a flat-screen TV, each room benefits from a modern en-suite bathroom.
Gleneagles King's Gallery
GLENEAGLES KING'S COURSE HISTORICAL TOP 100 RANKING UK&I
- 2023/24 - 36
- 2021/22 - 38
- 2019/20 - 37
- 2017/18 - 37
- 2015/16 - 40
- 2013/14 - 36
- 2011/12 - 27
- 2009/10 - 20
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best course to play at Gleneagles?
The beauty of Gleneagles is that each of the three courses - King's, Queen's and PGA Centenary - offers something slightly different. The King's and Queen's are both James Braid designs steeped in history, with the King's a little longer and the Queen's boasting just one par 5 that makes it also play a little longer than its relatively modest overall yardage. The newer PGA Centenary course offers some fine views especially on the front nine where it plays closer to the King's course before taking on a slightly different feel back over the road from the 9th. It has divided opinion a little, but does offer up some superb backdrops over its opening holes.
What pro events has Gleneagles King's course hosted?
Although it is now considered a little short for the top-level tour golf, it did host an event called the Scottish Open Championship in 1935 won by Peter Alliss' father, Percy. That event was a forerunner to the Scottish Open, which it would go on to host on the European Tour for nine years from 1987 to 1994. In 2022, it staged the Senior Open Championship for the first time, with Darren Clarke emerging the winner.
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
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