Gleneagles Centenary (44)
The three wonderful courses at Gleneagles bear the hallmarks of two of golf’s greatest names; five-time Open Championship winner James Braid laid out both the King’s and Queen’s courses, while all-time great Jack Nicklaus added the stunning Gleneagles Centenary Course. Playing any of the three courses at Gleneagles is a delightful experience, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the green hills to the South, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich to the West.
Kings’ signature 18th is a brilliant finish to a fantastic round and was included in the book, Classic Golf Holes. Straight from the tee, the golfer is presented with a risk-reward shot, whereby, if they can clear the ridge and catch a down-slope, the large green is easily reachable in two. However, the risk comes in the form of two bunkers either side of the ridge, meaning that a few yards could be the difference between birdie and bogey. Once at the green, the golfer is allowed no let up and an uphill front half of the green makes for a challenging finish to a compelling round.
Threading through the high ridges on the north and east side of the estate, the Queen’s has many moorland characteristics, and offers beautiful woodland settings as the course meanders through the glen. With indigenous lochans and streams incorporated as water hazards, this is a beautiful and genuine Perthshire classic.
Jack Nicklaus’ monster PGA Gleneagles Centenary hosts the 2014 Ryder Cup Matches, and while most agree that the Golden Bear has created a modern classic, Jack himself gave the credit to the canvas he was supplied with, saying that it was “the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with.”
Gleneagles Centenary is scheduled to be the host of the 2019 Solheim Cup.