Gleneagles | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

Gleneagles is top of the NCG Top 100s GB&I Golf Resorts list with good reason and this is why: there are three championship golf courses, along with a short course and incredible practice facilities. The Gleneagles Hotel is also world-renowned for its quality, with a 2 Michelin Star restaurant to boot, along with a luxury wellness centre where guests can relax.  
When it comes to golf, Gleneagles has everything that guests could wish for. Both the King’s Course and Queen’s Course were designed by James Braid and opened in 1919. To this day, they are regarded as among the finest in Great Britain and Ireland and feature prominently in NCG Top 100s course rankings. 
The contemporary Monarch Course was opened in 1993. Designed by Jack Nicklaus to host modern tournaments, this would become known as the PGA Centenary Course. The layout has made history, becoming the first and only course to host both the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup. The Wee Course and the PGA National Academy complete the golfing facilities. 
Golf may be the main attraction, but it is very far from the only activity that can be enjoyed at Gleneagles. From tennis to archery, and croquet to horse riding, there really is something for everyone at the Gleneagles Resort. There is also a spa and wellness centre which allows guests to relax in some style. The facility has a broad range of treatments and massages on offer.  
When it comes to accommodation, the Gleneagles Hotel sets the standards by which others are judged. Opened five years after the original two golf courses, the hotel celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2024. During its lifetime, the hotel doubled up as a military hospital and rehabilitation centre through the Second World War, reopening as a hotel in 1947. Today, the hotel has more than 200 rooms and eight restaurants, one of which is the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland.  
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Three Historic Golf Courses

Golfers are spoilt for choice at Gleneagles with 63 holes and amazing practice facilities to use and enjoy during a stay at the resort. Both the King’s and Queen’s have been around since 1919, while the PGA Centenary Course came to life in 1993.  
King’s Course 
Along with the Queen’s, the King’s was an original pillar of the Gleneagles Resort, opened in 1919. In its 105-year history, it has welcomed many of the world’s best golfers in the world, especially during its days as a long-time Scottish Open host. It remains one of Scotland’s finest inland courses.  
It has one of the most famous closing stretches in golf, with each of the final five holes being memorable. It starts with the drivable short par-4 14th continues with the spectacularly downhill approach on the 15th and then there is the short but treacherous par-3 16th. The finishing hole is a glorious par-5 which takes you back to the clubhouse, where a drink has been very much earned.  
Queen’s Course 
Like the King’s, the Queen’s was designed by James Braid and constructed following the conclusion of the First World War. The Queen’s may be the shortest of the three courses at Gleneagles, but that does not mean it is any easier. There is just the one par-5 and five par 3s on this par-68 layout.  
The back-to-back par 3s on the Queen’s – the 13th and 14th – offer vastly different challenges. The 13th requires no more than a short iron, while the 14th can be as long as 215 yards from the tips. Both feature water to the right of their greens. Meanwhile the penultimate hole on the course is also a 200-yard par 3.  
PGA Centenary Course 
The great Jack Nicklaus was the man behind the design of the PGA Centenary Course (or the Monarch Course as it was originally known). 
"The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with,” is how Nicklaus described his task. 
Nicklaus’s design took the land on the southeast side of the resort, and he transformed it into an 18-hole layout that would soon make history. It hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014 and, five years later, the Solheim Cup as well. In doing so, Gleneagles became the first and only venue to date to have hosted both competitions. What makes it even better is that Europe won on both occasions.  
The course is a championship test with a range of tees to suit all abilities. The 16th on the PGA Centenary is one of Jeff Barr’s ‘1000 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die’. The long par 5 features nine bunkers and a loch in front of the green, so golfers must make the decision of whether to lay-up or to go for the green from distance. It was the scene of much drama in both the Ryder and Solheim Cups. 
Wee Course & PGA National Academy 
Perfect for beginners, the Wee Course is a 9-hole lay-out with a mixture of par 3s and par 4s that provide different challenges for those who are new to the game. The venue is also the home to the PGA National Academy, which is open to hotel guests, members, residents and visitors. Lessons can be provided at the driving range or out on any of the three courses.  

The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel first opened in 1924, and it is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024. Over a century, the hotel has undergone several changes and improvements, making it the glorious accommodation that it is today. 
“The hotel and amenities stand comparison with anywhere in Europe. By ‘anywhere’ I mean any hotel or resort, not just ones with golf courses attached.” - Lee Trevino 
Trevino’s comments about the Gleneagles Hotel ring true. The 5-star accommodation includes an array of 232 rooms and suites. The hotel also has the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland, thanks to the late Andrew Fairlie.  
The Glenmor Lodges add another layer to the resort, with these self-catering lodges providing the perfect place for families to stay. A mixture of two-, three- and four-bedroom lodges are available, with all the services and amenities of the resort available to guests staying in the Glenmor Lodges. 

Activities & Wellness

Golf is just one of several activities that guest can enjoy during a stay at the Gleneagles Resort. World-class tennis courts, fishing, shooting, and horse riding are just several of the outdoor activities that are on offer. Falconry, gun dog training and the opportunity to play croquet on the pristine lawn outside the hotel are also on offer. 
Recently refurbished, the all-new Spa at Gleneagles provides a wonderful setting to relax and unwind. There is the Resident Spa for hotel guests, and the Day Spa for those just visiting the resort. Both provide a range of treatments and massages with qualified therapists on hand. There are also swimming pools and a state-of-the-art gym to work out in.  
The Beauty Lodge is housed in the former gate lodge in Auchterarder and provides a glorious experience for guests who wish to be pampered. Hair stylists, nail technicians and beauticians are all on site, with the full Bob & Cloche Beauty Experience available for guests. 

FAQs about Gleneagles

Where is Gleneagles?  
Gleneagles is just outside the town of Auchterarder, between Perth and Dunblane, in Scotland. Dundee is the nearest major city, around 40 miles to the east of the resort. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, is just under 50 miles to the south.  

What is the nearest airport and station to Gleneagles?
Gleneagles Railway Station underwent major restorations ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, with ScotRail, the Caledonian Sleeper and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) all operating services that stop at Gleneagles. The station is a five-minute drive from the resort’s entrance.  
For those flying in from abroad, Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland, with almost 15 million passengers travelling through during 2019, and is a hub for several airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and Edinburgh Airport is around 50 miles away, with a normal drive taking just under an hour to reach the Gleneagles Resort. 

What golf facilities does Gleneagles offer?
Along with the three championship golf courses, the Gleneagles Resort also has the 9-hole Wee Course and the PGA National Academy. 

Does Gleneagles offer golf lessons?
Lessons are available at the PGA National Academy at the Gleneagles Resort. Hotel guests, members, visitors, and residents are all able to receive tuition which can come in several forms. From lessons on the driving range and short game areas, to on-course tuition, there is coaching for golfers of all ages and abilities on offer. 

What are the green fees at Gleneagles?
Green fees for the three championship courses – the King’s Course, Queen’s Course and PGA Centenary Course – change depending on the time of year. The same goes for the 9-hole Wee Course.  
For the latest green fees, check that out on the Gleneagles Resort's website here

What accommodation is on offer at Gleneagles?
There is a wide range of accommodation on offer at the Gleneagles Resort. From the 232-room Gleneagles Hotel to the self-catering Glenmor Lodges, there truly is something for everyone at the resort. 

What other resorts are nearby?
There are plenty of other resorts on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list in the region. Dalmahoy, Westerwood and the Old Course Hotel & Duke’s are all within an hour from Gleneagles, with Murrayshall being the closest resort. The #34 on our list sits 30 minutes away to the northeast. 
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