Gleneagles was famous long before the Ryder Cup show rode into town, but if anyone needed reminding what a special place this is, then sweeping helicopter shots of rugged hills, brooding skies and the great granite hotel should have done the trick.

The Course
Natural beauty and great golf combine on three championship courses here. The Centenary Course took centre stage as the scene of Team Europe’s Ryder Cup heroics, but the King’s and Queen’s courses are equally spectacular. Jack Nicklaus designed the Centenary and described it as ‘the finest parcel of land I have ever been given to work with.’ Whichever course you tackle there are stunning views from each hole and a layout that is immaculately presented. Even the pitch and putt in front of the hotel is immense.

The Accommodation
You don’t have to stay at the hotel to play the course, but it would be a shame not to. Beautiful rooms, gourmet restaurants, stellar spa and a strong sense of place. Rooms from £245.

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