Auchterarder’s location, next door to the world famous Gleneagles Resort, is both a blessing and a curse. It’s close proximity to the Ryder Cup venue means that it can often be unfairly overlooked but, on the plus side, it benefits from the same stunning views and undulating landscape.
The club was formed in 1892 and featured a 9 hole course right up until an additional 9 were added in the 1970s and this is the layout that remains in place today. Visiting golfers can be forgiven for looking at the scorecard yardages and expecting an easy ride, but this course is more about positional play and course management rather than length from the tee.
It is well worth spending some time loosening up before you head out to the course here. The tee shot at the 1st can be quite a daunting one – requiring a drive to be hit over a stone wall, between two tall trees, with the clubhouse looming just to the right of the fairway.
Playing the par 3s well is the key to scoring well at Auchterarder. Indeed, the four par 3s on the back 9 – especially the challenging 16th and 18th – will determine whether you walk off content or disappointed.
Play Auchterarder as part of our Legacy Cup Perthshire.