AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND | When you arrive at Gleneagles, site of the 2014 Ryder Cup matches, you have truly arrived. This is golf and Scotland bundled elegantly together, a destination that is more than a place to spend a few nights and play a couple of rounds of golf. Gleneagles is an experience, head to toe and heart to mind. If it’s not a way of life for most of us, Gleneagles is an escape into a life as we imagine it can be. Comfortable. Understated. Refined.
Gleneagles can be as elegant or as casual as you want it to be. Check into the Gleneagles Hotel and you’re at home in a massive French-styled chateau, the old-world charm married with modern conveniences. It’s not hard to imagine this must be what life in a castle feels like, complete with air conditioning, cable television and all of the modern amenities. Tackle the rugged, beguiling challenge of the King’s Course, a James Braid classic with deep, sod-faced bunkers and a natural routing that flows through the property like its sister, the Queen’s Course. Tee it up on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Centenary Course, where the best golfers from the United States will try again next fall to wrest the Ryder Cup trophy away from the European team in golf’s most emotional event.