Although the 2014 Ryder Cup is being played on
the Jack Nicklaus, 7088 yard Centenary Course built in 1993, the courses at
Gleneagles have a long and colorful history dating back to it's beginnings in
1919 when 5 time Open Champion James Braid created the Queen's and King's
Courses. These cunningly designed courses, considered by far to be Braid's best,
are loaded with deception where a golfer's strategic judgment is his key to
success. Steeply sloped raised greens, yawning bunkers awaiting the misplayed
shots from narrow fairways require thoughtful placing of every shot.
The May 1921 Golf Illustrated ran a feature
article on Gleneagles. Full of praise from Braid's great competitors Harry
Vardon, "no finer course anywhere" and James H. Taylor, "majestic
is the only proper word to describe it" writer Donald Matheson came up with
a headline that said it all...
"Gleneagles, A Scottish
Course that Promises to be as Famous as St. Andrews, The Home of Golf."
Above, The "BLINK
BONNIE," 6th hole King's Course, was described as "VERY SPORTY"
a look at the fairway of "BROOMY LAW" , 4th hole King's Course
the green complex of LOVES GAIT, 7th hole, The Queen's Course. (Nasty stuff)
photo of the approach shot at the 9th hole of the King's Course illustrates the
importance Braid put on well played shots
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