Playing the Course
The natural beauty of the Queen’s Course inspires the world’s most experienced players. The idyllic settings and the challenge of the golf course has attracted such top golfers as Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino.
Not only that 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) have also played here.
Don’t be lulled into a sense of false security as you stand on the first tee, for the “Trystin’ Tree,” – or lover’s meeting place, after which the hole is named – is a challenging opener.
The ground falls away at your feet, the fairway swings round to the left and slopes towards the trees, and there are a couple of cunningly placed bunkers testing your approach to the minuscule green.
Gleneagles, Queens Course
The Queen’s golf course offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics. At 3,192 yards long, the challenge of the first nine is deceptive, with even some of the best players finding it a test to make par into a fresh south westerly breeze.
It’s 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 Gleneagles Hotel,
Scotland, PH3 1NF