Old Course Hotel completes multi-million refurbishment plans

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Located in St Andrews overlooking the breath-taking Scottish coastline, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa has undergone a series of renovation works to the hotel, including the introduction of a penthouse, new guest rooms, an additional restaurant and bar, as well as refurbished events spaces, ahead of The Open in 2022 which will be held on the Old Course.

Renowned as Scotland’s home of golf, the historic hotel is set on the most iconic golf course in the world – The Old Course – overlooking the 17th Road Hole and next to golf’s most famous bridge, Swilcan Bridge.

Following renovations, the hotel now boasts 175 rooms, with the introduction of a third floor in the ‘Champions Wing’ and the addition of 31 new rooms, overlooking the Old Course. A penthouse has been added to the fourth floor, which is the only room with a private lift and balcony, outdoor seating and fire pit, with spectacular views overlooking West Sands Beach and the golf course. The luxurious interior features wood panelling, a central fireplace, a private dining area for eight guests, with parquet flooring throughout, and a free-standing bath in the bedroom.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa currently has six restaurants and bars of which one has recently been added. This is a new 80-cover restaurant and bar, situated on the fourth floor and in East End of the hotel called The Swilcan Loft. It provides all-day dining, serving international cuisine using locally sourced Scottish produce, and an extensive wine and cocktail list. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace, it is the new destination restaurant and bar in St Andrews offering unrivalled views of the town and golf course.

Renowned as a wedding and events venue, the hotel has expanded its largest space, The Hall of Champions, to offer a new flexible space with natural light, complete with its own entrance, which is perfect for weddings and corporate events. It features floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto an outdoor terrace, with views over the golf course, ideal for drinks receptions. The Hall of Champions seats 450 guests and can be used as one large venue or split into six smaller spaces, each with in-built technology.

Situated alongside the golf course, The Conservatory has also been extended and upgraded with newly renovated windows and roof. It also features glass doors at both ends with steps leading to the surrounding garden grounds for drinks receptions, making it the perfect setting for more intimate weddings and smaller events.

The hotel is also home to the award-winning Kohler Waters Spa, featuring 13 treatment rooms, including two twin rooms for couples, a 20m pool, along with the Kohler Waters Thermal Suite, which includes a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. Guests can relax and enjoy an extensive range of water-based treatments using the healing benefits of natural mineral rich water to leave them feeling rejuvenated, from therapeutic massages and facials from Phytomer, to body wraps and scrubs, as well as a range of unique wet treatments. Hotel guests also have access to the fitness centre and a range of classes, including personal training sessions available on request.

Within close proximity to and owned by Old Course Hotel, the Championship The Duke’s Course boasts panoramic views of St Andrews and the coastline. Available to play all year round, it is an 18-hole course, which is set up as two loops of nine holes. Five separate tee positions on each hole offers both flexibility in course length and appeals to golfers at all golf levels.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is located within walking distance of the historic town of St Andrews. St Andrews also has excellent transport links and is only a 20-minute drive from Dundee airport, one hour drive from Edinburgh and one and a half hours from Glasgow. Leuchars train station is a short 10-minute journey and Leuchars airfield is also available for private jet arrivals.

Rooms rates start at £460 per night in high season (April – October). For further information and to book your stay visit: https://www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/ or email reservations@oldcoursehotel.co.uk

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