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Gleneagles Hotel
Club information
Location Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Established 1924
Type Private
Owned by Diageo
Total holes 63
Tournaments hosted Ryder Cup, Johnnie Walker Championship
Website www.gleneagles.com
King's Course
Designed by James Braid
Par 71
Length 6,790 yards
Queen's Course
Designed by James Braid
Par 68
Length 5,965 yards
PGA Centenary Course
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Par 73
Length 7,320 yards
Wee Course (9 holes)
Designed by George Alexander
Par  ?
Length  ? yards

The Gleneagles Hotel is a luxury hotel near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. The hotel has 232 bedrooms, including 26 suites.

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History

The Gleneagles Hotel and surrounding grounds.

The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company and opened in 1924, originally with its own railway station. The hotel's golf course and luxurious surroundings meant that golf and grouse shooting at Gleneagles had, by the 1950s, become a fixed part of high society's calendar, along with yachting at Cowes and polo at Deauville.

Between 1982 and 1986, £11 million was spent on renovation and since 1982 the hotel has been open all year round. In 1986, and every year since, the hotel has been awarded five red stars by the AA. The hotel is now owned by the international alcoholic beverage firm Diageo[1].

The hotel is currently undergoing redevelopment[2] in preparation for hosting the 40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014 which will be played on the PGA Centenary Course.

Facilities

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Restaurants

Gleneagles has four restaurants. The Strathearn (fine dining, Head Chef Paul Devonshire) is the hotel's main and most formal Restaurant, and is the location in which guests take breakfast. The Deseo restaurant is a Mediterranean, family restaurant. It has 6 main areas: the main restaurant floor; Braids coffee bar; Deseo cocktail bar; Deseo at the spa; the quiet area (which is an adults-only quiet dining area) and the food emporium. The last contains an area filled with the fresh produce used by the chefs, and an area from which one can watch the chefs work behind a fish, meat and cheese counter (Head Chef Ronan Macdonnel). In addition can be found The Dormy Clubhouse (Head Chef Jeremy Brazelle), and the fourth restaurant is Andrew Fairlie's, a fine dining restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars, which is owned and run by chef Andrew Fairlie.[3][4] Every kitchen in Gleneagles (apart from Fairlie's) is presided over by Executive Chef Allan Gibb.

Golf

Gleneagles has remained famous for its world class golf courses, the King's Course, Queen's Course and PGA Centenary Course, previously known as the Monarch's Course. There is also a 9 hole course called the Wee Course and a Golf Academy which opened in 1994. The Jack Nicklaus designed PGA Centenary Course opened in 1993 and will host the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Significant tournaments that have taken place (or will take place) at Gleneagles include: [5]

Conference venue

The facade of the hotel.

Its luxury and degree of remoteness have made Gleneagles an ideal location for international conferences and as a spa retreat.

Significant conferences that have taken place (or will take place) at Gleneagles include:

Other facilities

Sir Jackie Stewart, of Formula One fame, developed close ties with Gleneagles Hotel and established a successful clay-pigeon shooting school.

The British School of Falconry has been located at Gleneagles since 1992.[6]

Glenmor Holiday Homes

The village of Glenmor has holiday homes set within the grounds of the hotel.[7]

Awards

Gleneagles Hotel has won/holds many many awards,[8] including

  • 5 Red AA Stars[9] (since 1986)
  • Conde Nast Gold List 2009 - Best Hotel in the World for Facilities[10]
  • Scotland's leading resort at the World Travel Awards 2008 [11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Diageo (April 19, 2005). "Johnnie Walker Increases its Global Commitment to Golf". http://staging.diageo.com/en-row/NewsAndMedia/PressReleases/2005/2005_Press_Item_-_19_April_2005.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-14.  
  2. ^ Simon Brown (February 1, 2008). "Gleneagles Announces Launch of New Destination Spa". PR Web. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/02/prweb668824.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  3. ^ "Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Website. http://www.gleneagles.com/restaurants/andrew-fairlie. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  4. ^ "Andrew Fairlie's personal website". Andrew Fairlie's personal website. http://www.andrewfairlie.com/. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  5. ^ "Golf championships at Gleneagles". Gleneagles website. http://www.gleneagles.com/golf/championships/past-tournaments. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  6. ^ "British School of Faconry at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Website. http://www.gleneagles.com/activities/falconry. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  
  7. ^ "Glenmor holiday homes at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Website. http://glenmor.gleneagles.com/. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  
  8. ^ "Gleneagles' Awards". Gleneagles Hotel Website. http://www.gleneagles.com/footer/press/awards. Retrieved 2008-12-18.  
  9. ^ "5 red Stars from AA". AA Website. http://www.theaa.com/travel/details/hotel/378500. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  
  10. ^ "Conde Nast Gold List 2009". Conde Nast Traveller Website. http://www.cntraveller.com/GoldList/2009/Leisure_Facilities/Gleneagles_Hotel_Perthshire/. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  
  11. ^ "World Travel Awards 2008". World Travel Awards Website. http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2008-8. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  

External links

Coordinates: 56°17′09″N 3°44′51″W / 56.28583°N 3.7475°W / 56.28583; -3.7475


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