Gleneagles awarded important community accolade
Gleneagles, the iconic Scottish hotel and global luxury destination, has been honoured at the annual IAGTO Sustainability Awards, delivered in partnership with GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, for its dedication to sustainable practices and efforts to drive community engagement.
Since 2014, IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) has staged these awards to recognise golf facilities around the world that have made a commitment to delivering sustainability in and through golf – taking practical action and communicating their successes.
In winning this year’s Community Value Award, the 850-acre Perthshire estate was commended for its efforts in actively engaging with the wider community – a host of initiatives have included the launch of Gleneagles’ ‘Our Turn To Care’ NHS Scotland campaign, and charitable support to Social Bite, an organisation that helps those affected by homelessness.
Judges also recognised the appointment of Gleneagles’ first ever Sustainability Manager (Amanda Dorans), an investment that demonstrates The Glorious Playground’s ongoing commitment to sustainability leadership within the golf and hospitality industries.
On receiving the award, Conor O’Leary (pictured), Managing Director of Gleneagles, commented: “We recognise the huge importance of creating a successful and sustainable business, and how we as a team can make a positive difference to our customers, our employees, and how we actively engage with the wider community in Scotland and beyond.
“Gleneagles will always continue to support a host of social initiatives in tandem with the responsible management of its own resources and infrastructure and, where possible, will engage with local businesses to ensure a more environmentally-friendly supply chain.”
Gleneagles’ community highlights:
– ‘Our Turn To Care’ is a charitable initiative to thank the heroes of NHS Scotland in a significant long-term gesture of gratitude by donating 365 free room nights to healthcare workers each year for the next five years.
At the time of the launch, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, commented: “This is an excellent initiative to let our health and social care workforce know how valued they are, not only during this extremely trying time, but always.”
– Social Bite aims to give people who have been affected by homelessness the chance to get back on their feet through supportive employment, housing solutions and food distribution.
As part of its support to Social Bite, a team of 15 Gleneagles employees entered the Social Bite #BreaktheCycle event in September of this year, joining Sir Chris Hoy on a challenging 60-mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh, raising £27,500 in the process.
Gleneagles is currently ranked the #1 golf resort in the UK & Ireland by Golf World. It boasts three championship golf courses – The King’s, The Queen’s and The PGA Centenary – and is the only venue in Europe to have staged both The Ryder Cup (2014) and The Solheim Cup (2019).
Beyond the fairways, Gleneagles offers over 50 pursuits, including fly-fishing, falconry, cycling, off-roading, equestrian experiences and archery. Guests also have use of a range of leisure facilities, including the pitch-and-putt course, lawn games and outdoor tennis courts.