In recent years the new American style PGA Centenary has been the course of choice for Tour events such as the Diageo Championships. But the King’s course remains a truely beautiful track to test every aspect ofyour game.
This Kings may not be as fashionably lengthy but at 6,471 yards from the back tees you still need to pack in a good tee shot. The tricky greens and undulating fairways are still challenging enough and when the comes the king’s shows real bite. Each hole has a Scottish name, for example “Warslin’ Lea” (wrestling ground) reflects the tricky landscape of the Par 4 17th. Scots will heed the warning in the name Kittle Kink (tricky bend) of the par 4 7th which requires a deadly accurate tee shot for this dog leg left.
With the sort of views from every fairway that you can buy on a postcard in the gift shop and measuring a modest 5965 yards Queens (pictured) is the perfect course for an enjoyable and untaxing round. On a clear day Ben Lomond in the west and the Grampions in the north can be seen, and it?s a fine sight when the surrounding Ochil Hills blaze purple with heather in the summer.
The par 4 18th is a great hole requiring a tee shot from the top of a hill down to the valley below. Simple enough if it weren?t for the lake at the bottom of the hill. Hit it clean and it shouldn?t be an issue.
Best Hole: The 18th on the Queen’s is a stunning hole that requires a very crisp strike to avoid the plunge
The courses celebrate their 85th anniversary this year and check the website for special winter green fees ? a reason enough to make the trip.