WE ARE less than 100 days away from the start of the Ryder Cup – one of the most iconic and passionately contested golf tournaments in the world – which this year is being held in the beautiful setting of the Perthshire countryside’s Gleneagles Hotel.
Gleneagles has historically been one of the iconic Scottish homes of golf, along with St Andrew’s, Muirfield and Royal Troon, and Scotland boasts more than 550 courses across the country, approximately 400 of which are accessible within an hour’s travel from Scotland’s major airports.
However, Gleneagles is the heart of the action this year, and the hotel – announced as the Best Golf Resort In The World in the 2014 prestigious Ultratravel awards in London – will see the cream of British and Irish golfing talent take on the best American players on the world professional tour circuit.
The competition will be played out on the PGA Centenary Course, which underwent a redesign by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in 1993, and further renovation in 2011 in anticipation of hosting the Ryder Cup this year.
Golf is not the only attraction at Gleneagles, as the hotel is set in an 850-acre resort with beautiful vistas of the most glorious Scottish landscapes, as well as featuring one of the most luxurious spa destinations in the world.
The Spa by ESPA at Gleneagles is one of a select group of places in the world designated “a Luxury Spa Resort”, a title awarded after a rigorous evaluation by The Leading Hotels of the World group.
Ayurvedic massages, Orient-inspired reflexology, natural facials and hydro therapies are on offer to pamper, treat and indulge travellers’ bodies and minds.
Perthshire itself is a magnificent destination which encapsulates a lot of what Scotland has to offer as a tourist destination. Known as “the Gateway to the Highlands”, there are plenty of Munros and Corbetts to climb, as well as low-level hiking routes, while anglers can enjoy river and loch fishing.
The city of Perth itself is situated between two sprawling public parks and the western banks of the River Tay, and provides an ideal base for exploring the region, and visitors will find something to suit all tastes and budgets.
There are historic gems like Scone Palace and horticultural delights at Branklyn Garden, and an array of attractions, too many to list here – the area is packed with something for everyone to enjoy.
Although tickets for the Ryder Cup sold out a long time ago, a limited number of practice day tickets are on offer through www.rydercup.com for September 23, 24 and 25.
These tickets provide a great opportunity to soak up the unique Ryder Cup atmosphere, whilst getting a chance to see the teams out on the course.
To find out more about the Gleneagles Hotel, see www.gleneagles.com, while for more about everything the region has to offer, see www.vistiscotland.com.