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Central Scotland

Central Scotland has some of the finest inland courses to be found in the British Isles. The courses at Gleneagles, where the Ryder Cup is to be held in 2014, are complimented by the excellent parkland courses at Blairgowrie and Crieff.

Gleneagles – Kings

Central Scotland – GLENEAGLES – KINGS – 6790 – Par 71

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James Braid’s plan for the King’s Course was to test even the best players’ shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. When they play the King’s the world’s greatest golfers admire the cunning and craft with which he acheived that goal.

Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on the King’s. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.

The Kings Course is the Jewel in the Crown of Gleneagles

Gleneagles – PGA Centenary Course

Central Scotland – GLENEAGLES – PGA CENTENARY COURSE – 7088 – Par 72

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The PGA Centenary Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is a modern classic.
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Even for a champion and acclaimed golf architect like Nicklaus, The PGA Centenary Course was a challenge. It had to be a great course and, set as it is in the heart of Scotland, the country which gave the world golf, Nicklaus describes the course as “The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with”.

From the back tees, the PGA Centenary Course measures 7,088 yards, the longest inland course in Scotland. However, the tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,558 yards from the white markers down to 5,072 from the red. Fittingly, the PGA Centenary Course begins by playing southeast towards the famed glen of the eagles sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon.

Gleneagles – Queens

Central Scotland – GLENEAGLES – QUEENS – 5965 – Par 68

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The Queen’s Course, in its long history, has played host to some of the world’s golfing greats.

The beautiful settings and the challenge of the golf have attracted such top golfers as Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino, as well as great names from the entertainment and sports worlds including Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Jackie Stewart, and astronaut, Alan Shepard (the only man to hit a golf shot on the moon).

 

Crieff

Central Scotland – CRIEFF – 6402 – Par 71

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Set in dramatic Perthshire countryside, Crieff Golf club was established in 1891 and is considered to be one of the region’s best courses. Indeed, the club was recently voted the 29th best golfing facility in Britain by the readers of Golf World magazine.

The Ferntower Course with a par of 71, has hosted various championships for both men and women and affords simply marvellous views over the Strathearn Valley. The course is very much a game of two halves. All of the par fives appear on the front nine, which is some 350 yards longer than the inward half. The club welcomes visitors all year and invites them to relax in the magnificent clubhouse and enjoy the first-class cuisine and hospitality in the bar.

Blairgowrie

Central Scotland – BLAIRGOWRIE – 6590 – Par 72

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Blairgowrie Golf Club’s Rosemount Course is one of Scotland’s finest inland tracts, consisting mainly of trim avenues of luxurious green set amid pine, birch and heather. It is pristine and well-ordered in every way and yet there remains a strong sense of the natural topography of this area.

The most memorable holes are the closing with the 16th being one of those psychological quandaries, slightly uphill, out of bounds down the left and a stand of trees in the middle, driveable distance. On the outer limits of a par four, it needs a good tee shot to play this hole effectively. The 17th is a par three playing over a wide gully to a fine, two-tiered green. The 18th is a superb driving hole with most danger coming from the copse of trees on the right. There are yawning cross-bunkers ahead of the green but these should not come into play if you have driven well.

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