Golfers play the first hole of the PGA Centenary Golf Course at Gleneagles, Perthshire

Ryder Cup 2014: Scotland Counts Down To The Big Tee Off

Golfers play the first hole of the PGA Centenary Golf Course at Gleneagles, Perthshire
Golfers play the first hole of the PGA Centenary Golf Course at Gleneagles, Perthshire – the home of the Ryder Cup 2014 (Glyn Satterley/VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint).

We now have just six months to go until Scotland stages the 40th Ryder Cup, one of the largest and most iconic sporting events, taking place at the world-famous Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course from 26th to 28th September 2014.

We’ve managed to grab some tickets and so we thought we’d share our excitement by letting you know what we can all look forward to, but also how else you can enjoy some spectacular golf in Scotland.

There is no doubting that the Ryder Cup 2014 is a hotly anticipated fixture in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar – it seems fitting that the celebrated Home of Golf will see over 250,000 spectators experience this magnificent tournament. The irony of the Homecoming campaign taking place in the same year as that referendum is not lost on us.

VisitScotland has created an exclusive video featuring some of the ways Gleneagles is preparing for the Ryder Cup – take a look…

Enjoying a golf break in Scotland

Of course Gleneagles isn’t the only golf resort in Scotland and novices and pros alike visiting Scotland this year will have a choice of 550 courses to play on. All of these courses are currently preparing for their spring season and will soon be welcoming golf enthusiasts from around the world to the greens.

Scotland offers the greatest diversity of golf anywhere in the world, from Championship links venues, to wild and rugged island courses. One course even has its own microbrewery – Archerfield Links Golf Club in East Lothian, which produces a variety of beers including the house label, Archerfield Fine Ales. On the other side of Scotland, the Isle of Eriska course holds an almost deserted nine-hole course overlooking the stunning Isle of Mull, and is accessed by crossing an ornate Victorian bridge from the mainland.

On 22nd April, the Dunbar Golf Club will be hosting the Homecoming Scotland John Muir Challenge to mark the opening of the John Muir Way at the same time. The challenge will be ‘Texas scramble’ event where golfers can enter individually or as teams of four. The John Muir Way is a 134 miles coast-to-coast pathway stretching from Dunbar in the east to Helensburgh in the west and passes lots of golf courses.

Get the app

Tech-loving golfers can now also book their tee-time though a new app launched by Scotland’s Golf Coast. The app is available on Apple and Android and allows golfers to receive notifications, view availability, and reserve tee times at Craigielaw Golf Club, Dunbar Golf Club, Glen Golf Club, Longniddry Golf Club, Musselburgh Golf Club, The Renaissance Club, and Whitekirk Golf & Country Club.

Visitors who are keen to mix up their sports credentials will also be able to stay at the Cromlix Hotel from 1st April, which is owned by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. The ten bedroom luxury hotel is close to his hometown of Dunblane in Perthshire and is set in secluded woodlands with a private trout loch and a Chex Roux restaurant.

Golfing in Scotland gives you breath-taking scenery, mouth-watering food and drink, exciting activities, dramatic history and a vibrant contemporary culture.

If you’re interested in visiting Scotland go to www.visitscotland.com for more information.

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