Gleneagles, host of the 2022 Senior British Open Championship.

21 July 2022
3 min. read
Darren Redwood
Gleneagles will host the Senior British Open Championship for the very first time. The King’s Championship Golf Course, a James Braid masterpiece, was designed in 1919 and will be the seventh time a course in Scotland has hosted this prestigious event.
(Photo: The Gleneagles Hotel)

The Senior British Open Championship 2022

The heathland course of Gleneagles, also described as an "inland links classic", stretches to 6,710 yards and requires really precise iron play as the greens are heavily protected by bunkers, run-offs, heather and fescue. Being located in Scotland, you can be sure that the weather will also play its part with strong winds adding to the difficulty of the course which already possesses a slope rating index of 133.

Severe run-offs add to the difficulty of Gleneagles. (Photo: user davekinloch)

There will be a star-studded line up for the final Major of the year on the Senior Tour. Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer, Tomas Bjorn, Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie and Darren Clarke to name a few.

“If Heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee times left.”  A quote about Gleneagles by Lee Trevino, one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

Previous host of the Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup

Gleneagles is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. With three of the top golf courses in Scotland and as recent hosts of The Ryder Cup in 2014 and Solheim Cup in 2019.

A plaque remembering Jamie Donaldson's amzing shot to seal the victory for Team Europe in 2014. (Photo: User jacqueline)

Remember that match-winning iron shot from Jamie Donaldson (⬆️) or that eight-foot putt on the last hole by Suzann Pettersen to win the Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup respectively.

The beautiful golf courses in Perthshire, in equally beautiful settings, are as much fun for novices to play as they are for the pros. 

Hole 13 - Braid’s Brawest (Signature hole)

As with any James Braid designed course, he always put his name to a hole which he considered the best of the course.

Stretching to 462 yards off the ‘blue tees’. Your tee shot is from an elevated position but is best to keep the centre or right of the fairway to avoid the looming threat of the Auld Nick bunker which has a way of collecting a lot more tee shots than you might think. The green is positioned 16 feet below the level you tee off from and is surrounded by a number of bunkers - keep an eye out for Young Nick which guards the green front right. The green itself slopes from front to back and left to right and is very large but somewhat undulating. Take your two putts here and run.

What else does Gleneagles have to offer?

Boasting three Championship courses, The King’s Course, The Queen’s Championship Golf Course and The PGA Centenary Course. These 54 holes are often described as ‘a golfers playground’. In addition, The Wee Course also offers a 9-hole par-3 course which is great for beginners. 

Furthermore, the resort has a driving range, short game area and two putting greens to ensure you’re well prepared for the challenge that lies ahead. 

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Darren Redwood

Darren Redwood

Growth Manager UK & Ireland @ Leading Courses. Member at West Hill, play off a (very bad 😉) 6 handicap. Lefty.
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