Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles Hotel is a hotel near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

The Gleneagles Hotel
Gleneagles Hotel and surrounding grounds
General information
Opening7 June 1924
Design and construction
DeveloperCaledonian Railway Company
Other information
Number of restaurants4
Gleneagles Hotel
Club information
LocationPerth and Kinross, Scotland
Owned byEnnismore
Total holes63
Tournaments hostedRyder Cup, Johnnie Walker Championship
King's Course
Designed byJames Braid
Length6,790 yards
Queen's Course
Designed byJames Braid
Length5,965 yards
PGA Centenary Course
Designed byJack Nicklaus
Length7,320 yards
Wee Course (9 holes)
Designed byGeorge Alexander
Length1481 yards


Construction of hotel was commenced by the Caledonian Railway Company (CRC), which also built the nearby Gleneagles railway station. However by the time it opened in 1924, the CRC had been absorbed by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). It was equipped with its own dedicated railway branch line.[1] 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 7 June 1924.[2]

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.[3]

During World War II, as with many large country hotels, it was converted into Gleneagles Hospital[4] under the charge of Dr Thomas Ferguson as Medical Superintendent.[5] In 1948 ownership of the hotel passed from LMS to the British Transport Commission and in 1963 to British Transport Hotels.[6]

In 1980 the hotel was designated as a Category B listed building.[7] In 1981, British Transport Hotels sold Gleneagles to a newly-established private sector operator, Gleneagles Hotels plc.[8] In 1984 it was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons,[9] which came into the ownership of Guinness in 1985 and Diageo in 1997.[10]

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 remained owned by Diageo, until it was sold to a private investment company Ennismore in 2015.[11]

The hotel was redeveloped in preparation for hosting the 40th Ryder Cup in 2014 played on the PGA Centenary Course.[12]


Gleneagles has three 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 PGA National Academy Course, informally known as the Wee Course. Gleneagles Golf Academy opened in 1994 and in 2010 was re-branded to The PGA National Academy for Scotland.[13] The Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course opened in 1993 and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014. When asked about his work, Nicklaus said, "It's the finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with."[14]

Tournaments that have taken place (or will take place) at Gleneagles include:[15]

The British School of Falconry has been located at Gleneagles since 1992.[16]

The village of Glenmor has holiday homes set within the grounds of the hotel.[17]


Conferences have included:


Gleneagles Hotel has won/holds various awards,[21] including:

  • 5 Red AA Stars[22] (since 1986)
  • Conde Nast Gold List 2009 - Best Hotel in the World for Facilities[23]
  • Scotland's leading resort at the World Travel Awards 2008[24]
  • Best Golf Resort in the World (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) - Ultratravel Magazine[25]
  • Scotland's Best Hotel - Today's Golfer Travel Awards (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)[26]

See also


  1. Historic Environment Scotland. "Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Courses (GDL00360)". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. Hodge, Ed; Nicklaus, Jack (2014). "Jewel in the Glen". Arena Sport. ISBN 978-1909715233.
  3. "Henry Hall biography". John Wright. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  6. British Rail Hotels Limited Railway Gazette 28 September 1962 page 353
  7. Historic Environment Scotland. "Gleneagles Hotel  (Category B) (LB4570)". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. Gleneagles sale Rails August 1981 page 19
  9. David Parker (19 June 2013). The Official History of Privatisation, Vol. II: Popular Capitalism, 1987–97. Routledge. p. 438. ISBN 978-1-136-33123-7.
  10. "Diageo sells Gleneagles hotel to Hoxton hotel owner Ennismore". The Guardian. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. BBC News (2 July 2015). "Gleneagles Hotel and golf resort sold by Diageo". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  12. Simon Brown (1 February 2008). "Gleneagles Announces Launch of New Destination Spa". PR Web. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  13. "The PGA National Golf Academy Scotland | Gleneagles". Gleneagles. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  14. "Gleneagles - Home of the 2014 Ryder Cup". TruGolf. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  15. "Golf championships at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  16. "British School of Faconry at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  17. "Glenmor holiday homes at Gleneagles". Gleneagles Hotel. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  18. "From the Archive: Gleneagles Agreement on Sport". London: Commonwealth. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  19. "Bilderberg Meetings 1986 Conference Report Gleneagles, United Kingdom". Public Intelligence. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  20. 2005 Gleneagles G-8, delegations; "EU and the G8" Archived February 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  21. "Gleneagles' Awards". Gleneagles Hotel. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  22. "5 red Stars from AA". Automobile Association. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  23. "Conde Nast Gold List 2009". Conde Nast Traveller. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  24. "World Travel Awards 2008". World Travel Awards. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  25. "Gleneagles voted Best Golf Resort in the World - GolfPunkHQ". GolfPunkHQ. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  26. "Gleneagles scores hole in one | DRAM Scotland". 23 January 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.

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