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James Braid classic The Queen’s Course showcases new holes

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Gleneagles in Scotland has commissioned acclaimed golf photographer, David Cannon, to capture the re-invention of two much-loved Par 3 holes on its James Braid designed Queen’s Course.

The host venue of the 2019 Solheim Cup is showcasing a suite of rich, striking imagery, In which Cannon celebrates the completion of the detailed works to the Par 3, 13th and 14th holes, displaying the construction of new strategically-placed tee boxes and the introduction of native Scottish heather.

The Queen’s is one of the UK’s finest Par 68 golf courses, a regular feature of many Top 100 ranking lists. The detailed transformation, which started last winter, has seen the same team of five greenkeepers complete the project from beginning to end.

Back-to-back Par 3s

The 140-yard 13th hole (pictured at top of the article, Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images), now benefits from an additional tee to the left of the original, which is still in play. More strikingly, the approaches to the tight, well-protected putting surface approximately 130 yards away, are now bathed in native Scottish heather. And with walkways intersecting passage to the green.

Unusually the course has back-to-back Par 3s. On the 14th hole a series of new tee positions have been created to the right of a picturesque loch, bringing the water directly into play. Ggiving golfers access to the green, via a new, sympathetically-designed footbridge.

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A view from behind the green on the par 3, 14th hole showing the recently constructed new tees to the left side of the picture on the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Director of Golf at Gleneagles, Gary Silcock, commented:

— These significant enhancements to already beautiful holes, are part of our ongoing plans to elevate the golfer experience at Gleneagles, not only on The Queen’s Course, but across all three championship courses.

James Braid. Photo: Wikipedia

Extensive restoration works to The Queen’s Course actually commenced in 2016 with all 89 bunkers being lined with specialist Capillary Concrete to help maintain perfect playing conditions and drainage. The course also saw its fairway lines taken back to architect James Braid’s original designs of 1919, after the team studied historic photographs in the Gleneagles archive.

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The view from recently constructed new tees to the right of the water on the par 3, 14th hole on the Queen’s Course Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images
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