Although Scotland, The Home of Golf, is more famous for its outstanding collection of world class links courses including the likes of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and, of course, the St Andrews Old Course, it also boasts a serious collection of inland gems that are, in my humble opinion, among the most beautiful in the world. Perthshire and the Heartlands in particular are home to some truly special landscapes that many years ago were seen by some of the games leading architects as the perfect blank canvas on which to create their masterpieces. The jewel in the crown of this part of Scotland is undoubtedly the fabulous Gleneagles which, alongside Turnberry, is arguably Scotland’s leading comprehensive deluxe golf and leisure destination.
The Gleneagles Hotel is among the best in the world. A true five star establishment that retains one member of staff for every guest staying in the hotel!
As the name suggests, Gleneagles is a great place to experience falconry. This is just one of a whole host of country pursuits that you can try your hand at during a Gleneagles Golf Break.
The PGA Centenary Course will host this week’s Johnnie Walker Classic which will represent the last chance for a number of players to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup in September.
As is the case on many a Jack Nicklaus design, the generous fairways of the PGA Centenary Course allow players to open their shoulders with the driver with things becoming tricky with approach shots to the well protected greens.
Golfers can enjoy a massage as soon as they walk off the course which will stand you in good stead for the next day’s golf.
For the ultimate in relaxation following a round of golf, guests can head to the spa where they can enjoy indulgent treatments or simply relax and enjoy the soothing properties of water.
The outdoor jacuzzi comes highly reccommended from all at YGT. On a cool crisp evening there are few more refreshing places to unwind.
From our experience the picturesque Queen’s Course is the member’s favourite at Gleneagles.
Another of the activities on offer at Gleneagles is off roading. This is a great way to explore the breathtaking scenery surrounding the Gleneagles Resort.
No matter which class of room you opt for at Gleneagles, you are guaranteed sumptuos surroundings. As we said, this truly is a five star experience.
The Blue Tower Suite is the pinnacle of luxury at Gleneagles and it offers some pretty dramatic views from its private balcony.
The King’s Course is the highest ranked course at Gleneagles according to a whole host of leading golf publications. This is a James Braid classic.
The green complexes are amazing on the Gleneagles Kings Course. Needless to say, accurate iron shots are required unless you have a short game of Seve-like proportions.
The 16th on the Kings Course. When the pin is tucked in the back right corner of the green, as pictured here, it is out of sight from the tee.
Horse lovers will find their own slice of heaven at the Gleneagles Equestrian School. There are few more beautiful places on earth to go for a cross country hack or indeed a jumping session through the Glens.
As you may expect, the lakes and rivers in and around the Gleneagles estate are heaven sent for both trout and salmon fishing.
Dining options at Gleneagles are extensive and of the very highest quality. Andrew Farlie’s restaurant has been awarded two Michelin Stars making it unique throughout Scotland.