If you're making the trip to Scotland this September to watch Europe defend the Ryder Cup, why not take your clubs and have a game yourself? We've put together a list of 10 courses worth checking out, all located within half an hour of Gleneagles
Places to play near the 2014 Ryder Cup
Stirling Golf Club
Queens Road, Stirling, FK8 3AA, Scotland
Beginning and ending with a testing par five, this modern parkland design is a gem. One of the most picturesque courses in Scotland, the magnificent views are highlighted by the impressive Stirling Castle. This is a course of excellent quality and unique character, and not to be missed if in the area.
Alloa Golf Club
Schawpark, Sauchie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 3AX, Scotland
This 6200 yard, par 71 championship length course is set amongst 150 acres of rolling parkland beneath the Ochil Hills. A James Braid design, Alloa is a fine test of golf for even the most accomplished golfer.
Glenbervie Golf Club
Stirling Road, Larbert, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK5 4SJ, Scotland
A testing parkland course regularly chosen by the R&A to host regional qualifying for The Open, this James Braid design is nationally renowned for its challenging layout and high quality condition. Glenbervie is held in high regard, with the reputation of being one of the best-maintained inland courses in Scotland.
Craigie Hill Golf Club
Cherrybank, Perth, PH2 0NE, Scotland
Craige Hill is steeped in history and is designed around the natural contours of the Perthshire countryside. With some of the most breathtaking scenery of any course in the area, Craigie Hill also boasts one of the hardest holes in Britain, the 376 yard par-4 5th. Conveniently located less than half an hour from Gleneagles.
King James VI Golf Club
Moncreiffe Island, Perth, PH2 8NR, Scotland
Regularly described as a “Jewel in Perth’s Crown”, King James VI is believed to be the only self-contained river island golf course in the country, designed by ‘Old’ Tom Morris back in 1897. A historic layout, plotted wonderfully on Moncreiffe Island, it offers challenging environment from both beginners and advanced players.
Crieff Golf Club
Ferntower, Perth Road, Crieff, PH7 3LR
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery of rural Perthshire, Crieff has 27 holes with collaborative design influences from Morris, Braid and Simpson. Reliable playing conditions year-round, the 18-hole parkland Ferntower Course is complemented by the 9-hole Dornock Course.
Auchterarder Golf Club
Orchil Road, Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1LS, Scotland
Located in the heart of Perthshire, Auchterarder Golf Club features spectacular views towards Gleneagles and the Orchil Hills, and runs along side the PGA Centenary Course. Although not particularly long (5774 yards), the course offers a range of challenging parkland holes. aA definite hidden gem that is often overshadowed by the world-famous Gleneagles Resort next door.
Culcreiff Golf Club
Strathearn House, Gerntower Road, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 3LQ, Scotland
One of Scotland’s best kept secrets, this 18-hole course is set in the Strathearn Valley, encompassing the atmospheric views of Ben Vorlich and Ben More. Culcreiff also has an eight-bay covered driving range as well as a nine hole executive par-3 course.
Murrayshall Golf Club
Scone, Perth, PH2 7PH, Scotland
Situated on the Murrayshall Estate, Murshall Golf Club is host to a championship caliber course requiring accuracy and length from the tee. Due to its great year-round condition, the course has attracted national and international events over the years, including the Scottish Schools Championship and Sky Sports Trilby Tour.
The Green Hotel, 2 The Muirs, Kinross, Perthshire, KY13 8AS, Scotland
Kinross features two premium parkland courses, the Montgomery and the Bruce. The former is a challenging 6500-yard layout, with raised greens and deep bunkers. The Bruce is slightly more forgiving, playing 300 yards shorter than the Montgomery but still providing a stiff test to even the most accomplished golfer. Both courses are mature and well-maintained, proving players with great examples of Scottish parkland golf.