The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland When The Gleneagles Hotel opened in 1924 it was described as a "Riviera in the Highlands" and the "eighth wonder of the world". By the 1930's golf was the height of fashon and Gleneagels became the playground for people dedicated to leisure and pleasure. By the 1950's Gleneagles was a fixed part of high society's calender, after the London "season" it was yachting at Cowes, polo at Deauville and golf and grouse shooting at Gleneagles. By 1986 Gleneagles was awarded the ultimate accolade of Five Stars and in 1993 the Centenary course designed by Jack Nicklaus was opened. As part of a £5million major refurbishment programme the 72 luxurious new rooms will be fitted with the VingCard Classic lock extending the VingCard 3000 system that was installed in 1997.