Old Course Hotel Overview
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
St Andrews, Scotland
The five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa - a member of The Leading Hotels of the World - borders the world of golf’s most famous par four, the 17th 'Road Hole' on the Old Course in St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
The resort, by its name, comprises the iconic hotel, its own Championship golf course and club as well as the only Kohler Waters Spa outside the USA. As The Open returns to St Andrews this summer (July 2015), the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa is extremely proud to hold the title of ‘Scotland’s Best Golf Hotel’, awarded at the 2014 World Golf Awards.
ACTIVITIES & AMENITIES
Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel
It is the only Kohler Waters Spa experience outside the USA. A member of the prestigious ‘Leading Spas’, it was also voted ‘Best Hotel Spa’ in the 2012 Good Spa Awards. Guests and members can experience the therapeutic benefits of water through a wide range of treatments including bathing, hydrotherapy, facials, body treatments, massage, manicures and pedicures. The spa is complete with its own indoor pool, thermal suite with a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and Japanese steam room, and a luxurious outdoor hot tub. Golf-themed treatments and therapies are also available including the Golfer's Massage (designed to ease tension and increase flexibility) and the Golfer's Feet Renewal (restoring feet after an exhilarating day of golf). The Spa also has a well-equipped gym and the instructors and personal trainers run a series of classes including Aqua Fit, Boxercise, Circuits, Kettle Tone and Zumba.
Set in a spectacular location above St Andrews, the resort’s own championship Duke’s Golf Course boasts panoramic views over the town and surrounding countryside to the sea. The Duke's underwent a complete transformation, reopening in 2006 following substantial changes made by American golf course architect, Tim Liddy, protégé of Pete Dye. Positioned by Golf World in the UK’s ‘Top 100’, it is highly regarded as one of the finest heathland championship courses in the UK and was chosen to host the prestigious 2014 International European Amateur Championship. It is Scotland’s longest golf course yet, with each hole offering five separate tee positions, it appeals to golfers at every level.
The Duke’s has its own Academy with professionals Ayden Robert-Jones and Alan Martin. It is one of the most comprehensive golf teaching services available with lesson and course types suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to more experienced players. First-class facilities include a driving range, putting green and a chipping and bunker area.
The resort works very closely with the St Andrews Links Trust – and is able to make reservations for golfers on courses in St Andrews as well as those wishing to travel and experience courses further afield.
RESTAURANTS AND OUR FOOD & DRINK EXPERIENCES
The 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant commands an unrivalled position high on the hotel’s fourth floor with spectacular views across the Old Course, including the Road Hole, the Swilcan Bridge and golf’s most famous closing hole, the 18th 'Tom Morris'. Our restaurant - one of five dining experiences at the resort - is the 'home of Scottish cuisine' in the 'Home of Golf'. Our team of highly talented chefs, led by Executive Chef, Martin Hollis, draw on inspiration from their location, using the very best of Scotland’s larder to provide exceptional seasonal dining experiences. On the same floor is the iconic Road Hole Bar. Boasting more than 250 whiskies, the bar is the destination for those wishing to sample cocktails or malts when visiting St Andrews. The highly experienced and knowledgeable team deliver a series of ‘Whisky Journeys’ and tasting experiences to showcase malt whiskies from across the varied regions of Scotland. Completing the fourth floor is the Road Hole Deck, high above the Road Hole tee with views that take in the Old Course, the New Course, the Jubilee Course as well as the Eden Course.
Sands Grill, a contemporary brasserie specializing in seafood and steak. Inspired by a traditional grill house, the ‘Sands’ promotes Scotland’s finest seasonal ingredients with a twist of international flavours. It serves the freshest, locally caught seafood from Anstruther to Crail and the finest Black Isle Beef. All meats are cooked in the Josper oven, giving them unique flavour from cooking over the finest charcoal embers.
The Jigger Inn is the most famous 19th hole in golf. Formerly the stationmaster’s house, it was converted to a pub and sits right on the edge of the Road Hole 17th. Bedecked with golfing memorabilia, the Inn has a beer garden that borders the Old Course so guests can get a caddie-eye view of those passing by. The ‘Jigger’ has become synonymous with Open Championship celebrations as well as VIP service for all who visit. It serves delicious pub food and also sells its very own Jigger Ale.
Hams Hame is a pub and restaurant beneath the newly refurbished Hamilton Grand residency overlooking the Old Course’s 18th green. Hams Hame offers outstanding Scottish cuisine showcasing local, fresh ingredients. It has fast become the destination in St Andrews for lovers of food and sport, showing all major sporting events on its giant TVs. It is the closest 19th to the Old Course’s 18th and is on the site of the very first golfers’ social club in St Andrews – The Union Parlour – that predated Hamilton Grand’s construction in 1895.
The Duke’s Clubhouse is at Craigtoun, high on the hill above St Andrews, and has breath-taking views across the heathland course, the rooftops of the town and the coastline beyond. It provides members and visitors with a fabulous seasonal menu
A tradition at the resort is our Afternoon Tea - an award-winning experience with a delicious selection of delicate pastries and cakes, created by the hotel’s Pastry Chef, including homemade plain and fruit scones and lemon pancakes with clotted cream and strawberry and pink Champagne preserve.
Afternoon tea is served 2pm-4pm every weekday in the luxurious setting of the Conservatory overlooking the Old Course’s Road Hole. At weekends, it is served in the Sands restaurant alongside the ‘Corridor of Champions’.