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 have attracted such top golfers as Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen's offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics. At 3192 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 in a fresh southwesterly breeze. Do not be lulled into a sense of false security as you stand on the first tee. The 'Trystin' Tree', or lover' 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 to the trees, and there are a couple of cunningly-placed bunkers testing your approach into the minuscule green. There are two testing par 3s in the outward nine, and the only par 5 on the course is number seven, a swinging downhill dogleg strategically bunkered at the elbow with a well-protected kidney-shaped green. Two demanding par 4s, both requiring fine approaches, complete the first half. The homeward nine offer great satisfaction as a fortunate player can swoop home in a flurry of birdies. The 13th and 14th, around Loch-an-Eerie - a pretty loch and islet tucked into a nook of the hills - offer two opportunities to improve the card, and the 15th also offers another chance if you are on good form. The final par 3, the 17th, deceptively named 'Hinny Mune', can set you back again unless you find the long, crescent-shaped green with your tee shot. The Queen's concludes with an exhilarating drive across a small lochan to a generous rolling fairway ending in a large green under the hospitable windows of he Dormy House with its welcoming bar, fine restaurant and comfortable locker rooms. All-in-all, then, an unforgettable landscape of golfing enchantment, as easy on the eye as it is warming to the heart. "If heaven is as good as this" said Lee Trevino, "I sure hope they have some tee times left".