Gleneagles Country Club - King's Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.5

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
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Gleneagles Country Club - King's Course Review

Review and Rating of Gleneagles Kings Course

Gleneagles Country Club is home to 36 fantastic holes of golf with conditions and greens that are some of the best in Dallas. The Kings course seems to be the easier of the two courses and the Queens course is more scenic and offers a wider variety of unique and fun holes. You can read our review of Queens Course to learn more about it.

Unfortunately we got rained out after playing 5 holes on the Kings Course but here is what we thought about the first five holes, you'll find:

  • wide forgiving fairways
  • water on most holes that's pretty easy to avoid
  • lots of fairway and green-side bunkers filled with thick white sand
  • excellent conditions
  • some fun holes
  • contoured rolling fairways with berms plus sand and grass bunkers

The bent grass greens are ample size, relatively flat with subtle breaks and most are well protected. When we played they were a little fast (normally run a 10), in very good condition, true, and held well - putting shouldn't be a major challenge on this 18 based on what we saw. Fairways were in perfect condition and wide and forgiving with a playable rough. On the first five holes we played, there was water on 4 of them and 27 bunkers that you need to avoid.

The first five holes are pretty traditional, fairly flat, and open as they play beside some very nice homes lining both sides of the fairway - you can score well here if you can keep the ball in play.

We hope to get back and play and review the rest of the holes in the very near future, so come back later.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,826 74.9 146
Blue 6,113 70.2 136
White 5,189 72.9 137
Gold 6,445 72.3 140
Red 4,913 71.6 132

Course Information

Course Architect:
Von Hagge and Devlin
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 66 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.5 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Initiation Fees: $25,001 to $40,000
Monthly Dues: $601 to $800

The clubhouse and all of the amenities, including service, are first class. The practice facility is being redone when we played.



Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.