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Golf History at Gleneagles® - Host Venue of The Ryder Cup 2014
The Grand Opening Gala of The Gleneagles Hotel was on 7 June 1924 but its history commenced 14 years prior to that momentous day. In 1910 Donald Matheson, General Manager of the Caledonian Railway Company, was on holiday in Strathearn and was so impressed by the surrounding countryside that he diced to build a large country house in the style of a peace which would provide leisure in the form of golf to the traveling public.
In keeping with his plans for the excellence of the concept, Donald Matheson looked for the best in the creation of two golf courses. He engaged James Braid, one of the golfing greats, to design and create the King's and Queen's Courses in the grounds of the hotel. The King's and Queen's course were were created out of a wilderness using manual labour, pick and shovel, horse and cart and were ready much earlier than the hotel and began to make their name between 1918 and 1924. Not many people know that at Glaneagles in 1921, the first ever match between a team of the best golfers from Great Britain and the USA took place on The King's Course. They called it the International Challenge, but, effectively, it was a forerunner for The Ryder Cup which was first competed for in 1927. It is quite fitting that The PGA Centenary Course at Glenealges is now Host Venue for The 2014 Ryder. The natural beauty of the Gleneagles courses continue to inspire and attract visitors from all over the world.
Walkers® - Established 1898
Considered by connoisseurs to be the finest Pure Butter Shortbread in the world, Walkers Shortbread has been established on Speyside since 1898.
Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread is baked in the secluded village of Aberlour, Speyside, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The shortbread is produced to a traditional recipe which has been handed down through generations of the Walker family. Walkers personally guarantee that this product is made using only the finest ingredients possible to obtain and contains no artificial colors, flavorings or preservatives.
Made in Scotland