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The Queen's Course

 

The natural beauty of the Queen's Course inspires the world's most experienced players. The Queen's Course, in its long history, has played host to some of the world's golfing greats.

 

The beautiful settings and the challenge of the golf course have attracted such top golfers as Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino, as well as great names from the entertainment and sports worlds including Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Jackie Stewart, and astronaut Alan Shepard (the only man to hit a golf shot on the moon).

 

Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen's golf course offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics.

 

At 3,192 yards long, the challenge of the first nine can be deceptive, with even some of the best players finding it a test to make par into a fresh south westerly breeze. Do not be lulled into a sense of false security as you stand on the first tee. The "Trystin' Tree," or lover's meeting place, after which the hole is named, is a challenging opener. The ground falls away at your feet, the fairway swings round to the left and slopes towards the trees, and there are a couple of cunningly placed bunkers testing your approach into the miniscule green.

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Hole 1. Trystin' Tree

 

Tryst meaning meeting or rendezvous is usually used in a romantic sense and hence Trysting Tree or lovers’ meeting place.

TEE SHOT
The drive has to be played to the right of the fairway to open up the hole for the second shot.

APPROACH
The green, although not closely guarded by bunkers, is small and raised. The approach shot is better played to the left of the pin.

GREEN
The green is fairly flat with no obvious borrows. The approach which is fading to the right will fall off the green due to the bank sloping off the green.

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Hole 2. Needle E'e

 

To reach the eye of this needle you must thread your way carefully.

TEE SHOT
The string of bunkers across the front of the plateau green and the severe drop to the right are the most noticeable features of this hole. The best advice is quite simply, “Be up.”

GREEN
The green has many different levels and is one of the hardest to read. Very quick from back to front.

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Hole 3. Gushet Rig

 

The name means gushing or running water in a ploughman’s rig or furrow, a direct reference to the ditch along the right of the fairway.

TEE SHOT
The drive on this long straight par 4 is very tight because of the trees on the left and the trees and ditch running along the right side of the fairway.

APPROACH
A straight forward approach, but normally plays a club longer than expected.

GREEN
The green slopes down from back to front making a putt from the back very fast. Also the front half of the green sheds the ball left and right.

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Hole 4. Warlock Knowe

 

The hill of the warlock or male witch.

TEE SHOT
The best place for the drive is to the left of the centre of the fairway.

APPROACH
The approach, if possible, with a middle iron should be aimed a little to the right of the pin on this slightly raised green. Be careful of the out of bounds down the right of the hole, particularly near the green.

GREEN
This green is very difficult to read due to the dip on the right and the high side on the left. Usually even paced, but it will shed a hooked shot to the left.

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Hole 5. Glower O'er 'em

 

Glower O’er ’em or frown upon them is a fair description of how a player might regard the bunkers which are an important feature of this hole.

TEE SHOT
This difficult short hole requires a middle or long iron from the tee. The right-hand side of the green cannot all be seen from the tee and, because of this and the large trap which comes into play in that area, it is best to place the tee shot on the middle left of the green.

GREEN
This green is a lot longer than it looks. Slopes from the centre of the green off to the right towards the bunker and back of the green. A putt from the front will swing right if the pin is placed on the right half of the green. The left side is much flatter and easier to read.

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Hole 6. Drum Sichty

 

Sight of the Hills. The holes around this point on the course give fine views to the west.

TEE SHOT
The preferred drive is down the left-hand side of the fairway as out of bounds awaits along the right.

APPROACH
The second shot is to an elevated green with a fall away to the right. Aim your shot to the left of the pin accordingly and take more club than first glance suggests.

GREEN
A big green which is fairly flat with no hidden borrows.

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Hole 7. Westlin' Wyne

 

This hole is in fact the farthest from the start on the Queen’s Course and hence Westlin’ Wyne or westernmost turn.

TEE SHOT
The tee shot should be played down the right side of the fairway to open up the remainder of the hole.

APPROACH
The second should be played straight at the flag and if anything to the right of the pin.

GREEN
There is a severe slope off to the front left with the back of the green much flatter and more even paced. Difficult to pitch to with a ridge running across the middle.

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Hole 8. Auld Faul

 

The old fold or sheep pen. One can imagine a sheep pen nestling in the sheltered hollow where the green lies.

TEE SHOT
A blind tee shot to the left-hand side opens up a relatively short pitch to the green.

APPROACH
The array of bunkers across the front of the green will punish a timid approach, but equally the pitch must not be too bold as the green itself slopes away from you.

GREEN
The green slopes down from front to back and left to right. Very fast from left to right. Very obvious borrows.

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PAR444

Hole 9. Stey Brae

 

A Stey Brae is a steep hill and in a well-known Scots proverb it requires a stout heart to overcome it.

TEE SHOT
If you are going to be able to see the green for your second then you have to hit a very long tee shot keeping it as close to the fairway bunker on the right.

APPROACH
The second shot, if you have managed this, is very deceiving and is much longer than it appears. You will need two clubs more than you might expect

GREEN
The green slopes down from back to front which leaves most second shots short. Big borrows from either side, but fairly level putts from front and back. Quick green from the back.

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PAR544

Hole 10. Pint Stoup

 

A stoup is a jug or flagon containing one Scots pint.

TEE SHOT
The best line for the drive is at the right hand edge of the fairway bunker.

APPROACH
The approach to the green is guarded by a pair of hillocks. Try to land between the hillocks and your ball will then run forward nicely.

GREEN
The green lies in a hollow and runs down from front to back and will gather the ball from both sides. The green is fast from the front.

 

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Hole 11. Muir Tap

 

The top of the moor.

TEE SHOT
A decent drive to the right of the fairway followed by a relatively short iron to the green and you should have a birdie chance.

GREEN
A relatively easy green. There are few severe borrows and the green is generous in size.

 

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Hole 12. Tinker's Gill

 

The tinker’s drink.

TEE SHOT
A drive to the top of the slope leaving a long iron to the green. The best position for the drive is towards the right.

APPROACH
The second shot needs to carry to the green if you are aiming to get home in two so it would be better to be a club strong rather than short.

GREEN
This green slopes down from front to back and can be fast. Err on being past the pin and leave an uphill putt.

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Yards405407433
PAR544

Hole 13. Water Kelpie

 

A water kelpie is a water sprite. Try not to be trapped by the spell of Loch-an Eerie!

TEE SHOT
The main hazard is obviously the loch on the right but the bunker should not be ignored. The green itself is fairly large.

GREEN
A fairly flat long green, but with some subtle borrows.

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PAR333

Hole 14. Witches' Bowster

 

Witches’ bowster or pillow, perhaps a reference to the pillow-like ridge formed on the two-tier green.

TEE SHOT
This long par three has a two-tier green with a very obvious step in it. The loch is again on the right of the hole. This is another one which can be deceptive, often requiring a club more than it first appears.

GREEN
A two-tier green. The green has a five-foot difference in levels. The answer is make sure you finish on the same level as the pin.

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PAR333

Hole 15. Leddy's Ain

 

The lady’s own.

TEE SHOT
The tee shot should be aimed to the left side of the fairway leaving a pitch perhaps with as little as a wedge to the green. It is important not to play down the right at this hole. For the longer hitters the green may even be drivable in good conditions and for even a moderate player a birdie should be a strong possibility.

GREEN
A green that gathers shots both from right and left. It has quite a steep rise from front to back and tends to deceive. Make sure you are up to the hole.

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PAR444

Hole 16. Lovers' Gait

 

Before the course was built this particular area is said to have been a favourite with the local courting couples hence the name Lovers’ Gait or lovers’ walk.

TEE SHOT
The drive must be to the left as there is a large bunker to the right edge of the fairway and so should the second shot.

APPROACH
The bunker front left can make your approach deceptive. Take care not to be short.

GREEN
This can be the quickest green on the course. It slopes down from front to back and from left to right. Any shot which lands on the front will travel forwards. The borrows are tricky and deceiving.

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Hole 17. Hinny Mune

 

This name has several meanings. It may mean honeymoon in the usual sense or perhaps half moon in reference to the crescent shape of the green. Hinny can also mean honey or sweetness.

TEE SHOT
There is no escape unless you hit the green. No fairway exists and the ground slopes steeply to the right. Aim your tee shot to the left side of the green.
GREEN

The putting is difficult with hills and hollows all over this green.

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Hole 18. Queen's Hame

 

Queen’s home and a fine end to the round.

TEE SHOT
From the elevated tee you drive over the small loch, the Deuk Dubs. Aim to the right with your tee shot.

APPROACH
This should leave an open second shot to the large green. This shot may be longer than you think so take plenty of club.

GREEN
A large two-step green with large, but obvious borrows.

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Yards350379412
PAR444

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