Glenapp Castle ~ Press Reviews
Golf Digest (Spring 2007)
The Royal Treatment
There is no golf at Glenapp Castle - only a hotel that is unsurpassed in Scotland. Opened in 2000, with an international clientele, Glenapp is 17 miles south of Turnberry.
Its rooms are impeccably decorated, with several English periods (Queen Anne, Georgian and Edwardian) well represented. Fourteen of the 17 rooms look down from this hilltop setting to the Irish Sea and to Ailsa Craig, the sun glinting off this turtle-backed plug of an extinct volcano. It is mesmerizing.
Dinner is a six-course feast characterized by flair and imagination: mosaic of braised smoked ham, Morteau sausage, guinea fowl and foie gras; loin of venison with root vegetables and port jus, flavored with Valrhona chocolate; and quenelle of Dunsyre blue cheese with pinot noir jelly and walnut salad. Among the finds in the Glenapp wine cellar is a rare Grand Cru Chablis, Domaine Denis Race, Vintage 2003, for £59 ($114).
As for golf, a 25-minute drive up coastal A77 puts you on the Turnberry Hotel's glorious Ailsa course, scene of three Open Championships (1977, 1986, 1994), with a fourth scheduled for 2009. Ailsa provides a stretch of eight holes, 4 through 11, that has us shaking our heads in disbelief at the sheer nobility, challenge and drama of such an unbroken seaside sequence. Also awaiting at Turnberry is the Kintyre 18, Donald Steel's makeover of the old Arran course.