Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel, global luxury destination and the only venue in Europe to have staged both The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup, today announces Andrew Jowett as its new Head of Golf.
Andrew (43) will lead golf operations at the UK and Ireland’s #1 Golf Resort* as it begins an exciting new era for golf at ‘The Glorious Playground’, and as it looks to inspire more youngsters to take up the game and encourage women and families to try golf for the first time.
“Gleneagles is an incredible estate with world-class facilities and we have a genuine passion to be at the heart of growing the game, introducing new people into the sport in a fun and engaging way,” said Andrew, who will work alongside Director of Agronomy, Scott Fenwick.
“Our three world-class championship golf courses will always be at the heart of our business, continuing to attract tens of thousands of golfing aficionados from across the world each year. However, we also have a huge opportunity to become an exciting, fun and trusted brand for a new breed of golf enthusiast – families, youngsters and women – who are searching for a warm, friendly and new approach to golf,” added Andrew.
Originally from Manchester, Andrew has been Gleneagles’ Head PGA Golf Professional for eight years, and in his expanded role will oversee golf operations, the growth of Gleneagles’ golf retail business, the development of its golf membership packages, and the reinvention of the PGA National Academy, a centre of excellence for golf tuition in Scotland for more than 25 years.
Andrew concluded: “Gleneagles is an extremely special place, managed by a hugely dedicated team, and steeped in over 100 years of Scottish golfing history. To be given the opportunity to oversee and elevate a golf operation that continues to create life-long sporting memories for visitors to our Perthshire estate, is something hugely exciting.
“We unashamedly set our goals very high, and with the ambition and support of a talented golf team, I am genuinely inspired to take Gleneagles on the next part of its golfing journey.”
The King’s and The Queen’s courses, regarded as James Braid classics and a regular feature of Top 100 rankings, have benefitted from significant renovation projects that have seen them restored to their original ‘inland links’ designs. The PGA Centenary Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is a pristine modern design, and welcomed both The Ryder Cup (2014) and Solheim Cup (2019).
In addition, Gleneagles boasts The Wee Course, a fun 9-hole, par 3 design, perfect for family golf, trying the game for the first time, or simply a place where guests can fine-tune their short-game skills.
August & September – Tee it up golf package
Gleneagles is currently inspiring golfing aficionados to stay-and-play during September with a special ‘Tee it up’ package.
Golfers taking advantage of the overnight package which starts from £285 per person in a twin or double Country Room, will be able to enjoy a hearty Scottish breakfast in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, The Strathearn, as well as one round of golf per person on any of Gleneagles’ three spectacular championship courses – The King’s, The Queen’s or The PGA Centenary.
Beyond the fairways, Gleneagles boasts over 50 pursuits, including fly-fishing, falconry, cycling, off-roading, equestrian experiences and archery. Guests will also have use of a range of leisure facilities, including the pitch-and-putt course, lawn games and outdoor tennis courts.
‘Tee it up’ is also available with one night, two round options for golfers seeking 36-hole packages, and flexible booking options are in place to guarantee peace of mind. For ‘Tee it up’ bookings and further information, call: 0800 389 3737. Alternatively, book online: https://gleneagles.com/offers/tee-it-up/
**Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Terms and conditions apply. From price based on two people sharing a Country Room (other room rates are available on request). VAT is included in the rate.
*Golf World, Top 100 Resorts, UK & Ireland 2019.