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Gleneagles celebrates century of hosting top flight tournaments

9.29am 12th November 2020 - Travel

The announcement that Gleneagles will host the Senior Open Presented by Rolex in 2022 marks the continuation of an incredible 100-year journey of competitive golf at the 850-acre Perthshire estate.

Gleneagles pioneered the growth of competitive golf in the UK, hosting its first event on The King’s Course in 1920 – the Glasgow Herald Tournament – that offered a winner’s purse of £650 (£20,000 in today’s money) which, at that time, was the largest first prize in British tournament golf. It is also the only venue in Europe to have staged The Ryder Cup (2014) and The Solheim Cup (2019) further cementing its position in competitive golf.

Gleneagles, currently ranked ‘#1 Golf Resort in the UK and Ireland’ by Golf World, has gone on to host over 30 high-profile professional tour events, including the Curtis Cup (1936), Women’s British Open (1957), Bell’s Scottish Open (1987-1994), McDonald’s WPGA Championship of Europe (1996-1999) and the Johnnie Walker Championship (1999-2013).

It also welcomed the Glasgow 2018 European Golf Team Championships, with Europe’s elite male and female golfers competing side-by-side for equal prize money for the first time. Tour professionals that have tasted victory at Gleneagles reads like a who’s who of golfing stars, including Major champions Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Paul Lawrie.

The 2022 Senior Open Presented by Rolex aligns itself to Gleneagles’ future vision for golf, reinforcing its reputation as a stage for the world’s greatest golf tournaments while, simultaneously, being open-to-all to enjoy the health, social and wellness benefits of playing golf.

Conor O’Leary, managing director at Gleneagles, commented: “The Senior Open Presented by Rolex will mark another important milestone in the history of tournament golf at ‘The Glorious Playground’, and it is fitting this event, that will feature so many of the game’s iconic Tour professionals, will take place on the very same course where it all started in 1920.”

The King’s Course, also a feature of Golf Digest’s ‘World Top 100’ ranking, was designed by the great golf architect, James Braid. In recent years, it has undergone a beautiful renovation, returning it to the creator’s original ‘inland links’ vision with fast-running, open fairways, lined with strategically placed bunkers to capture errant tee shots.

Modern day golfing aficionados wishing to plan their 2021 golf break can experience a round of golf on one of Gleneagles’ three 18-hole championship golf courses and a one-night stay at the award-winning Hotel, with a special ‘Tee it up’ package from £395 per person. 

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The British team for the 1936 Curtis Cup, which was played on The King’s Course
Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, James Braid and JH Taylor in 1921 at the Glasgow Herald 1,000 Guineas tournament
The British Team from 1921 international match with the USA, a precursor to The Ryder Cup
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