The Gleneagles Hotel was awarded the Best Golf Resort in the World title for the fifth consecutive year at the 2016 ULTRAS Awards on 23 May.
Award winners were announced at a ceremony held at The Savoy Hotel, London, following a voting process by readers of the Telegraph and Ultratravel to determine the world’s best travel experiences.
Gleneagles’ competition in the category included shortlisted properties Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, United States; La Manga Club, Spain; Pebble Beach Resorts, United States; and St Andrews Links, Scotland.
Paul Heery, Gleneagles’ General Manager, who attended the ceremony said: “Winning this prestigious award would be an honour for any hotel or golf resort, but winning it five times in a row is an enormous privilege and accomplishment.
“We are committed to providing an outstanding guest experience and our success is testament to the dedicated efforts of Gleneagles’ staff who work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of the customer journey is exceptional and creates lasting memories.”
He added: “Gleneagles was up against many other wonderful properties in this category, so we’re grateful to hotel guests and readers who took the time to vote for us.”
Gary Silcock, Gleneagles’ Director of Golf said: “We’re delighted to receive this award which demonstrates the high regard with which guests view our golf facilities.
“We pride ourselves on delivering a world-class golfing experience through impeccable customer service, unrivalled facilities and tuition, and outstanding courses – but we don’t rest on our laurels and are continually aiming for higher and better.
“We recently embarked on a multi-million pound investment programme across the hotel to enhance the guest experience – which includes developments to the Dormy Clubhouse, the PGA National Golf Academy and the James Braid designed King’s Course – and we look forward to introducing golfers to these new facilities.
“This award is also a tremendous boost for the Scottish golf tourism industry, with our preparations to host two major competitions at Gleneagles – the 2018 European Championships and the 2019 Solheim Cup – already in progress.”
The prestigious accolade is the latest achievement in a string of successes for the luxury Perthshire hotel, after gaining numerous awards in golf and leisure over the past year.
In January, Gleneagles was awarded the title of Scotland’s Best Hotel/Resort in the Today’s Golfer Travel Awards 2016 for the third consecutive year, while in March it was one of only six UK golf resorts to pick up a coveted Gold Flag Award for Golf Resorts at the annual 59club golf service awards. In April, the hotel won two Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Awards in the Best Grand Golf Hotels and Best International Resorts categories.
About The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel, built in 1924, is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Located just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gleneagles is set in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, and is home to three championship golf courses, including The PGA Centenary Course, Host Venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup. With 232 luxury bedrooms and suites; a choice of over 20 outdoor activities; an award-winning Spa by ESPA; and four restaurants, the resort is the perfect destination for family travel, and is also where you’ll find Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie.
In 2016, Gleneagles embarked on a multi-million pound investment programme that will see improvements and upgrades made throughout the property.
The multi-million pound refurbishment initiative represents a substantial investment from new owner, Ennismore, to make the most of the rich heritage, beautiful architecture and stunning setting for which Gleneagles is renowned.
About Golf at Gleneagles
Gleneagles is renowned for its three championship golf courses – The PGA Centenary Course – venue for the Ryder Cup 2014 – and the stunning King’s and Queen’s Courses. All offer generous fairways, big greens, challenges for all handicaps and superb views of the surrounding countryside. And if you want to brush up your golf there’s the PGA National Academy for Scotland close to hand.
Last year, Gleneagles was awarded the honour of hosting the European Championships in 2018 – the first joint professional men’s and ladies golf competition to be staged – and the Solheim Cup in 2019.