The beautiful rolling hills, glens and ancient woodland make Perthshire an ideal venue for some of Scotland’s most picturesque golf courses. Heathland masterpieces like The King’s and Queen’s at Gleneagles as well as Blairgowrie stand out on the golfing landscape. It’s not all links golf all of the time in Scotland!
The Queen’s Course is known as the pretty little sister at Gleneagles. Again, designed by James Braid it opened for play in 1917. From the medal tees the course measures less than 6000 yards but it is still exquisitely delicate and stunningly beautiful. Ranked 74th in Scotland.
In 1908 the idea for a “Palace in the Glens” came from Donald Matheson the manager of the Caledonian Railway Company and it aimed to attract noble and wealthy travellers. James Braid was commissioned to design the King’s course which opened in 1919 and hosted the first Ryder Cup in 1921. Arguably the finest moorland course in the world it has hosted The Curtis Cup, Dunhill Trophy, Scottish Open and WPGA Championship of Europe. Ranked 16th in Scotland and 38th in UK it is a course of considerable fame and repute.
Few places can boast 3 courses, let alone 3 in the top 100 in one country- but then there is only one Gleneagles. Designed by Jack Nicklaus the PGA has an American style layout and was built as a stadium course measuring 7300 yards from the back tees. The course opened in 1993 and played host to the 2014 Ryder Cup which was won by Europe 16.5 to USA 11.5.
The Lansdowne is set in the picturesque village of Blairgowrie in Perthshire. The heathland course winds its way through pine and silver birch forests. The course is tight and requires accuracy in favour of length. The tree-lined fairways often give you the impression of complete privacy and offer a very different feel to the traditional windswept links. A Scottish top 100 golf course, it is a beautiful and unique place to play golf.