Turnberry and Gleneagles: The Definition of Luxury
Where are you planning on staying during your next golf trip to Scotland? You absolutely must consider these two fantastic golf resorts:
Trump Turnberry Hotel & Golf Resort — Picture yourself driving on the left side of the road admiring the beautiful country side in the Lowlands of Scotland. Suddenly, as you veer over a ridge you see the Ailsa Craig (a small island) nestled in the middle of a vast stretch of water with a white light house keeping its watchful eye from the coast. To your right, the magnificent red roofed Trump Turnberry Hotel sits perched atop a hill overlooking the famed Ailsa golf course. Trump Turnberry has created the perfect 5 Star accommodation with traditional Scottish hospitality and the best contemporary amenities. There are very few golf courses in the world where you get that “special feeling” on the first tee, a sensation that lasts the whole round. By the end you don’t care what score was shot because the experience is all that matters. That’s the memory created on the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry and it’s something you won’t forget. It’s the little things that make this golf course magical: Walking past the light house at the turn, seeing the weather constantly change throughout your round, using an old WWII monument as a target line on the 9th and admiring the plaque on the 18th fairway that commemorates Tom Watson’s phenomenal 7 iron shot that won him the Open Championship in 1977. After your round, celebrate at the hotel with a delicious meal prepared by world class chefs and a “wee dram” of the country’s finest single malt whisky. Take the time to enjoy a nightcap while admiring the sun set over the Firth of Clyde and you’ll come to realize that Trump Turnberry wasn’t built, it was found.
Gleneagles Hotel — With its perfectly kept lawns and beautiful gardens, the Gleneagles Hotel is one of the most prestigious golf resorts in the world. If it sounds familiar to you it’s because the resort is hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and housed the World leaders during the 2005 G8 Summit. One of the aspects that make Gleneagles so unique is the wide range of activities available at the resort. Go horseback riding or off-road 4X4 driving through the Scottish countryside, take a shooting/fishing/falconry/gundog lesson, or simply make use of the many swimming pools and tennis courts on property. Visitors can test their game as well as their wits on three spectacular championship golf courses. The Kings is a brilliantly designed parkland course with drivable par 4’s and numerous “birthday cake” style greens. With its natural parkland beauty, the Queens course challenges you to think on your feet and keep it in the fairway. The PGA Centenary Course was a true test for both the European and American teams. After your round, there’s a fine collection of award winning restaurants to choose from at the resort where you can enjoy a meal and talk about the day’s events. You won’t find a more magnificent golf resort anywhere in the world. Gleneagles is quite simply the personification of class.