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Gleneagles Kings Course Changes
« on: May 25, 2022, 02:48:53 AM »

Changes have been made specifically with this event in mind. A new tee at the seventh hole, named Kittle Kink, has not only increased the length from 444 yards to 468 yards but also changed the angle for the drive by creating a more severe dog-leg.

Situated in an existing copse of trees, another new tee has lengthened the 12th, called Tappit Hen, by 33 yards, requiring a hefty hit is now required to carry the bunkers guarding the saddle that runs across the fairway.

For many, the 14th is the favourite on the course and, having been extended by 32 yards to 341 yards, the exciting risk-and-reward element at Dent Den has been retained.

Though not brand new, a back tee at the 18th will also ensure that a solid closing drive is required to clear another of those saddles, which had become easy to clear from the old tee due to the enhanced equipment.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2022, 03:25:15 AM by Brian_Ewen »


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Re: Gleneagles Kings Course Changes
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2022, 08:22:17 AM »
Proof that players get more athletic with every passing year ;) ;D
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Marty Bonnar

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Re: Gleneagles Kings Course Changes
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2022, 08:52:25 AM »
Looking forward to seeing the old geezers qualifying at Ladybank!
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Adam Lawrence

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Re: Gleneagles Kings Course Changes
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2022, 05:09:06 AM »
Before the Gleneagles Ryder Cup, I tried to get a campaign going under the slogan 'Play the Cup on the King's', but didn't get much traction. I did have a conversation on the subject with Paul Kimber, who said he could easily find another 500 yards on the King's course.

I visited Gleneagles on a press trip a few years ago, and decided I didn't dislike the Centenary as much as I had previously -- it has some decent holes, especially at the far end of the front nine. But it's not a patch on the King's.
Adam Lawrence

Editor, Golf Course Architecture

Principal, Oxford Golf Consulting

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