Ancient glacial landscape the scene for sporting drama
The Gleneagles Estate covers 850 acres of stunning and historic Perthshire landscape. The estate was listed in the Scottish Inventory of Gardens & Designed Landscapes in 1987 for outstanding nature conservation and landscape value, high architectural interest and James Braid golf courses.
68% of the golf course area is natural or semi-natural habitat: heather, grassland, gorse scrub, woodlands, parkland & veteran trees, numerous lochs, ponds, mires, burns & marsh. With Gleneagles being host to some of Scotland’s most valuable natural heritage, the White Water basin mire on The King’s was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1984.
Landscape is key to the 'Gleneagles experience' with the older courses in particular fitting hand-in-glove with their topography. Diverse landform and vegetation allow for secluded, intimate scenery, accompanied by extensive, elevated views. Shelter and exposure in equal measure.
The whole landscape is dominated by the remains of glaciation. The Heuch o’Dule meltwater channel is an impressive gully and wetland feature between the King's and Queen's Courses. Kames, eskers and kettleholes show where sand and gravel were eroded and deposited. All are prevalent on The King’s; with wooded seclusion on The Queen's. The PGA course built on more open terrain, its generous grasslands interrupted by diverse native woodlands, wetlands and mires.
Gleneagles is teeming with diverse wildlife. Species of note include tufted loosestrife, petty whin and a rich array of fungi. Key fauna include the red squirrel (UK Priority Species) and otter. Curlew & oystercatcher nest on the PGA, with good habitat also for reedbunting & bullfinch.
The Gleneagles Resort is committed to the stewardship of this rich property, with a wide range of activities to enhance the site and to reduce consumption of resources.
- Carrying out carefully planned management of heathland, gorse, broom, woodlands, bracken and grassland to maintain optimal conditions for key species.
- Encouraging natural regeneration of Scots pine woodland plus further planting of native trees. Protection of the ancient ‘Beeches Brig’ avenue of trees - designated by Historic Scotland.
- Supporting the Local Biodiversity Action Plan to protect and enhance red squirrel habitats.
- Establishing a close relationship with the Perthshire Big Tree Country project, providing funds from guest stays to protect and enhance Perthshire's most historic trees and woodlands.
- Using woodchip powered biomass boiler installed and providing 74% of hotel heating and hot water.
- Getting all residual electricity supply from low carbon supply sources.
- Achieving over 70% re-use and re-cycling of materials.