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Gleneagles’ 100-year journey of competitive golf

100-year journey iconic

With the announcement that Gleneagles will host the Senior Open Presented in 2022, it marks the continuation of an incredible 100-year journey of competitive golf.

Gleneagles pioneered the growth of competitive golf in the UK, hosting its first event on The King’s Course in 1920.

The Glasgow Herald Tournament offered a winner’s purse of £650 (£20,000 in today’s money) which, at that time, was the largest first prize in British tournament golf.

Gleneagles is also the only venue in Europe to have staged The Ryder Cup (2014) and The Solheim Cup (2019) further cementing its position in competitive golf.

 Over 30 professional tour events

The 850-acre Perthshire estate has gone on to host over 30 high-profile professional tour events.

This including the Curtis Cup (1936), Women’s British Open (1957), Bell’s Scottish Open (1987-1994), McDonald’s WPGA Championship of Europe (1996-1999) and the Johnnie Walker Championship (1999-2013).

Gleneagles also welcomed the Glasgow 2018 European Golf Team Championships, with Europe’s elite male and female golfers competing side-by-side for equal prize money for the first time.

Tour professionals that have tasted victory at Gleneagles reads like a who’s who of golfing stars, including Major champions Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Paul Lawrie.

Host to the 2022 Senior Open

The 2022 Senior Open Presented by Rolex aligns itself to Gleneagles’ future vision for golf: Being a venue for the big events while, simultaneously, being open-to-all to enjoy the health, social and wellness benefits of playing golf.

Conor O’Leary, managing director at Gleneagles, commented:

“The Senior Open Presented by Rolex will mark another important milestone in the history of tournament golf at ‘The Glorious Playground’, and it is fitting this event, that will feature so many of the game’s iconic Tour professionals, will take place on the very same course where it all started in 1920.”

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100-year journey of competitive golf
The 18th atGleneagles Queens Course.