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

History
The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company and opened in 1924, originally with its own railway station. The hotel's golf course and luxurious surroundings meant that golf and grouse shooting at Gleneagles had, by the 1950s, become a fixed part of high society's calendar, along with yachting at Cowes and polo at Deauville. 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 is now owned by the international alcoholic beverage firm Diageo. The hotel is currently undergoing redevelopment in preparation for hosting the 40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014 which will be played on the PGA Centenary Course.

Facilities

Restaurants
Gleneagles has four restaurants. The Strathearn (fine dining, Head Chef Paul Devonshire) is the hotel's main and most formal Restaurant, and is the location in which guests take breakfast. The Deseo restaurant is a Mediterranean, family restaurant. It has 6 main areas: the main restaurant floor; Braids coffee bar; Deseo cocktail bar; Deseo at the spa; the quiet area (which is an adults-only quiet dining area) and the food emporium. The last contains an area filled with the fresh produce used by the chefs, and an area from which one can watch the chefs work behind a fish, meat and cheese counter (Head Chef Ronan Macdonnel). In addition can be found The Dormy Clubhouse (Head Chef Jeremy Brazelle), and the fourth restaurant is Andrew Fairlie's, a fine dining restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars, which is owned and run by chef Andrew Fairlie. Every kitchen in Gleneagles (apart from Fairlie's) is presided over by Executive Chef Allan Gibb.

Golf
Gleneagles has remained famous for its world class golf courses, the King's Course, Queen's Course and PGA Centenary Course, previously known as the Monarch's Course. There is also a 9 hole course called the Wee Course and a Golf Academy which opened in 1994. The Jack Nicklaus designed PGA Centenary Course opened in 1993 and will host the Ryder Cup in 2014. Significant tournaments that have taken place (or will take place) at Gleneagles include:
  • Curtis Cup in 1936
  • Women's British Open in 1957
  • Scottish Open from 1987 to 1994
  • Scottish PGA/Johnnie Walker Champs. from 1999 to present
  • 40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014


Conference venue
Its luxury and degree of remoteness have made Gleneagles an ideal location for international conferences and as a spa retreat. Significant conferences that have taken place (or will take place) at Gleneagles include:
  • The Gleneagles Agreement on sporting contacts with South Africa at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1977.
  • The 1986 meeting (April 25”“27) of the Bilderberg Group
  • 31st G8 summit in July 2005 ”“ the London tube bombings took place in the middle of the summit. This meeting saw the foundation of the G8+5.


Other facilities
Sir Jackie Stewart, of Formula One fame, developed close ties with Gleneagles Hotel and established a successful clay-pigeon shooting school. The British School of Falconry has been located at Gleneagles since 1992.

Glenmor Holiday Homes
The village of Glenmor has holiday homes set within the grounds of the hotel.

Awards
Gleneagles Hotel has won/holds many awards, including
  • 5 Red AA Stars (since 1986)
  • Conde Nast Gold List 2009 - Best Hotel in the World for Facilities
  • Scotland's leading resort at the World Travel Awards 2008