Published on : Monday, December 11, 2017
Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel and global luxury destination, is the newly-crowned ‘No.1 Golf Resort in Britain & Ireland’, an important accolade that brings the curtain down on a stellar 2017 that has seen the 850-acre Perthshire estate win a host of golf industry awards.
In a year that has seen the continuation of a multi-million-pound refurbishment across the hotel and estate to enhance the guest experience and celebrate Gleneagles’ rich heritage and naturally beautiful location, this latest accolade from leading UK magazine, Golf World, underlines the ongoing progress made under new owners, Ennismore.
Gary Silcock, Director of Golf, commented: “2017 has seen Gleneagles invest significantly across the whole business as it continues to reaffirm its place in luxury hospitality. In golf, this has included major renovation projects on all three championship golf courses – specifically bringing both the King’s (the No.1 inland course in Scotland*) and Queen’s courses back to the original vision of designer, James Braid.”
Investment in golf operations continues early in the New Year, when work begins on a complete internal renovation of The Dormy Clubhouse and an exciting, new customer experience in the Gleneagles Pro Shop.
“The Dormy Clubhouse is already a firm favourite with our golfing guests who play 75,000 rounds each year at Gleneagles. We opened the new Auchterarder 70 Bar, within The Dormy, to critical acclaim last year and we look forward to bringing a new, very special atmosphere to the wider Clubhouse when work concludes in spring 2018,” added Gary.
In addition to its ‘No.1 Golf Resort in Britain & Ireland’ status, Gleneagles’ roll call of 2017 accolades includes being voted ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ for a sixth consecutive year at the Daily Telegraph/Ultratravel Awards; becoming ‘Best Hotel/Resort in Scotland’ for a fourth consecutive year, thanks to readers of Today’s Golfer Magazine; and winning a trio of gongs at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards – ‘Best Golf Experience’, ‘Best Pro Shop’ and ‘Best Large Hotel’.
Gary Silcock, concluded: “Whilst the team at Gleneagles is incredibly grateful to receive such important recognition from industry experts and the general public, we remain focused on continuing to deliver a truly world-class experience for every guest and member.
“Looking back, the staging of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles marked just the beginning of the journey we are currently on and we have many more exciting plans to share with our customers from around the world over the coming months and beyond.”
In 2018, all three 18-hole golf courses at Gleneagles will stage major events. The PGA Centenary Course will host the inaugural European Golf Team Championships; the King’s Course will welcome the 100th playing of the Scottish Stroke Play Championship, and the Queen’s Course will see the second PING Scottish Mixed Championship.
These events will then make way for the 2019 Solheim Cup, as Gleneagles becomes the only venue in Europe to have hosted both The Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.