There’s a lot going on this year at Gleneagles, the iconic golf resort in the heart of Scotland that hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and will be the site of the 2019 Solheim Cup. New owners are investing millions in refurbishing bars, other public spaces, and the bedrooms, giving a more modern feel to the property’s distinctive Scottish identity.
There’s also a revised menu of treatments available in the 20,000-square-foot ESPA Life Spa, four new indoor tennis courts (former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray grew up nearby and has been known to come by when it’s too cold to play outside), while the famous James Braid-designed King’s Course, shown above, is having some work done to take it back to its original 1919 look and challenge.
If all this strikes a chord, check out the International Golf Membership at Gleneagles, which includes the use of all golf facilities, play on the three courses—King’s, Queen’s (also by Braid), and Jack Nicklaus’s PGA Centenary, where the Ryder Cup was staged—and five complimentary room nights at The Gleneagles Hotel. This year, the initiation fee is £500 (about $700), with an annual fee of £3,380 (about $4,800). For more details, go to the resort’s website.