Gleneagles Hotel and surrounding grounds
|Opening||7 June 1924|
|Design and construction|
|Developer||Caledonian Railway Company|
|Number of rooms||250|
|Number of suites||25|
|Number of restaurants||4|
|Location||Perth and Kinross, Scotland|
|Tournaments hosted||Ryder Cup, Johnnie Walker Championship|
|Designed by||James Braid|
|Designed by||James Braid|
|PGA Centenary Course|
|Designed by||Jack Nicklaus|
|Wee Course (9 holes)|
|Designed by||George Alexander|
Opened in 1924, the hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company and retains 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.
Gleneagles has four restaurants. The Strathearn is the hotel's main and most formal restaurant, and where the guests are served with breakfast. The Deseo restaurant is a Mediterranean, family restaurant. It has six 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. In addition can be found The Dormy Clubhouse, and the fourth restaurant is a fine dining restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars.
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 nine-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:
- Curtis Cup in 1936
- Women's British Open in 1957
- Scottish Open from 1987 to 1994
- McDonald's WPGA Championship of Europe from 1996 to 1999
- Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles from 1999 to present
- 40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014
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:
- The Gleneagles Agreement on sporting contacts with South Africa at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1977.
- The 1986 meeting ( 25–27 April) of the Bilderberg Group
- 31st G8 summit in July 2005 – the London tube bombings took place in the middle of the summit. This meeting saw the foundation of the G8+5.
When the hotel was being built, an up-and-coming dance band leader named Henry Hall was involved in buying their pianos, and organising the dance band entertainment. He decided that radio broadcasts would be an ideal way to advertise the new hotel, so was given permission to move his Trafford Band from Manchester's Midland Hotel to the Gleneagles and form a new band in Manchester. The hotel's opening night was celebrated with Scotland's first ever outside broadcast on June 4, 1924. After the season ended, the band moved to the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Summer 1925 saw the band return to Gleneagles, although their commercial recordings were made in Manchester, and the winter seasons were in Liverpool.
Glenmor Holiday Homes
The village of Glenmor has holiday homes set within the grounds of the hotel.
Gleneagles Hotel has won/holds many awards, including
- 5 Red AA Stars (since 1986)
- Conde Nast Gold List 2009 - Best Hotel in the World for Facilities
- Scotland's leading resort at the World Travel Awards 2008
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- Simon Brown (1 February 2008). "Gleneagles Announces Launch of New Destination Spa". PR Web. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
- "Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
- "Andrew Fairlie's personal website". Andrew Fairlie's personal website. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
- "Golf championships at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
- HIAL http://www.hial.co.uk/dundee-airport.html
- "British School of Faconry at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
- "Henry Hall biography". John Wright. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- "Glenmor holiday homes at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
- "Gleneagles' Awards". Gleneagles Hotel. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
- "5 red Stars from AA". Automobile Association. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
- "Conde Nast Gold List 2009". Conde Nast Traveller. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[dead link]
- "World Travel Awards 2008". World Travel Awards. Retrieved 19 January 2009.