To Scotland

Journey to Scotland & the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Ed Hodge's book 'Jewel in the Glen.'

Ed Hodge’s book ‘Jewel in the Glen.’

What better way to prepare for a journey to Scotland, the Home of Golf and the 2014 Ryder Cup than to read Ed Hodges new book entitled Jewel in the Glen.

I have dreams of taking a “Journey to Scotland and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles” later this year. So, of course, I made myself present for such discussions at the Travel Pavilion at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January. Designated Booth #1973 VisitScotland in the Exhibitor Listings but simply Scotland- The Home of Golf to the golfers of the world! There I found David Connor, Golf PR Manager who is focusing on the Ryder Cup. Right there in the same booth I met Billy Murray, Marketing Manager for the Gleneagles Hotel. Caught up in my excitement to journey to Scotland for Ryder Cup, he graciously gave me a copy of Ed Hodges book, Jewel in the Glen. Enough of the diary documentarian stuff, let’s get to the book and golf!

The Ryder Cup is coming home; the 40th staging of golf ’s showpiece event is returning to Gleneagles, Scotland. Tracing the history of the Ryder Cup back to that infamous first encounter at Gleneagles in 1921, this book intertwines the histories of the coveted prize and of the game of golf at this renowned venue. Through a series of in-depth interviews, an array of national and international celebrities reveal what the Ryder Cup and Gleneagles mean to them while examining the impact that the tournament will have on the local community and the wider Scottish society, culture, and economy. With a hole-by-hole guide to the course by Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie, this volume paints a unique portrait of Scottish golf.

CLICK here for Andy’s Book Review of the ‘Jewel in the Glen’ on Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary.

CLICK here for Welcome to Scotland & the 2014 Ryder Cup.

CLICK here for the Visit Scotland website.

CLICK here for the Event Scotland website.

CLICK here for the official Ryder Cup website.

CLICK here for the Gleneagles Hotel website.

The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition, which is jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour, is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the USA and Europe. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy.

The most recent Ryder Cup took place from 28–30 September 2012, at the Medinah Country Club, in Illinois, US. The winner was Europe by a score of 14½ points to 13½ having overturned a four-point deficit going into the final day’s play. The next Ryder Cup will be held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perth & Kinross, Scotland, in 2014 followed by the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.