Gleneagles Golf Resort

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Gleneagles Golf Resort is situated 44 miles north of Glasgow, 18 miles north of Stirling, 16 miles south of Perth, 2 miles south of the small town of Auchterarder.

The Gleneagles Resort has a large Hotel, Spa, 3 top Golf Courses, 1 smaller course for learning, and a range of Activities such as Off Road 4X4, Fishing, Cycling, Tennis, Archery, Shooting and more. Postcode: PH3 1NF

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The image top is from the Drive round to the Hotel passing the Duck Pond.

The large Hotel is impressive, completed in 1924 for the Caledonian Railway Company.

The Railway had reached Gleneagles in 1856, allowing a vast increase in tourists to the area. The Railways then began building Golf Resorts to capitalize on the Tourists.

Other top Golf Courses built by the Railways are Silloth on Solway in 1892, Cruden Bay in 1899, and Turnberry 1906.

The Kings and Queens Courses opened at Gleneagles in 1919, 5 years before the Hotel was completed.

The Wee Course was opened in 1928, lengthened in 1974 and renamed Princes, now known as the PGA National Academy Course.

The Glendevon opened in 1980, with this Course used to build the Monarch Course in 1993, designed by Jack Nicklaus as the longest inland Course in Scotland at 7,300 yards.

The Monarch Course was renamed the PGA Centenary Course in 2001, with the 2014 Ryder Cup being played on this Course. Europe won this competition with 16 and a half points to the US 11 and a half. The team captains were Paul McGinley for Europe, Tom Watson for the USA.

The Golf Courses at Gleneagles are regarded as Inland Moorland Courses.

The Scottish Open was played on the Kings Course at Gleneagles from 1987 to 1994, sponsored by Bells Whisky.

The Scottish Open was then played at Carnoustie for two years, then at the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club Parks Course from 1997 to 2010.

With the Scottish Open played one week before The Open, many Players wanted to practice on a Links Course before playing The Open, leading to the Scottish Open being played on Links Courses from 2011.

Links Courses by the Sea can be tougher with hard bumpy fairways, pot bunkers, and often have strong winds blowing in off the sea.

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