The Ryder Cup is an important date in every golf fan’s diary and, in 2014, the world’s greatest players will descend on the luxury Gleneagles Hotel resort to fight it out for the famous trophy. Golf at Gleneagles attracts players in the thousands each year and offers a great day’s play set against the rolling green hills and forests of the hotel’s stunning 850-acre estate.
Designed by the best, for the best…
The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played on the hotel’s PGA Centenary course, which has the distinction of being designed by one of the sport’s most recognizable names: Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus brings his own distinctive style to a course which he described as ‘the finest parcel of land I have ever been given to work with’. The Centenary Course is a stretch of gently rolling moorland with a scattering of water hazards and huge, challenging greens. It’s a demanding course for even the best golfers and is characterized by its size and tricky shots which reward bold play.
The Centenary Course doesn’t just attract players: spectators can expect panoramic views of the breathtaking Perthshire countryside as they follow play across the scenic estate. The course has a proud history and is widely regarded as one of the top five in the world. The hotel claims the tournament as a sort of ‘homecoming’ event for the Cup since it hosted the first international competitive meeting between Britain and the United States back in 1921 – a forerunner to what would become the Ryder Cup years later.
Experience the action in style…
Gleneagles Hotel is sparing no expense for the upcoming tournament. As host to such a prestigious event, the hotel is offering a range of VIP packages to allow guests to experience the Ryder Cup action in style and luxury. Special packages include access to PGA coaching clinics, luxury food and accommodation during the tournament and the best possible seats to watch play unfold. Aspiring golfers will also have the opportunity to compete in a special golf competition – winning a chance to play your way through the Centenary Course – and meet past Ryder Cup-winner Colin Montgomerie, who presents the winner’s trophy.
Don’t take our word for it – Gleneagles Hotel website offers virtual tours of the Centenary Course and a live webcam for anyone wanting an advance preview of the landscape and environment. The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles is certain to be a sell-out event and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what promises to be a thrilling and historic tournament. If you’re a golf fan – there’s only one place to be in 2014!
Note: this post was brought to you in partnership with Gleneagles Hotel.