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Scotland, Kingdom Of Fife, St Andrews GRD Rating 8.9

The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa St Andrews

Golf breaks at The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa St Andrews, Scotland. GRD Rating: 8.9

Resort Summary

With its unique location on the worlds most famous golf course, the luxurious Kohler Waters Spa, decadent dining and the utmost attention to detail, Scotlands award winning five red-star resort, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, is the ultimate hotel experience.

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Honoured as Scotlands Leading Golf Resort in World Travel Awards 2011. Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course in the Home of Golf, the Old Course Hotel enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. Discover the historic university town of St Andrews, just a short stroll from the resort, and explore the surrounding countryside of the ancient Kingdom of Fife. With a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, the hotel offers quietly confident service, luxurious facilities and a warm welcome in the finest traditions of Scottish hospitality. This prestigious five-star hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europes leading resorts.

Relax and unwind at the Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel - the first KOHLER spa experience outside the USA. Experience the therapeutic benefits of water at Kohler Waters Spa, where remineralising experiences recreate the healing properties of earths natural mineral-rich waters. At home or at the spa, KOHLER water experiences transport you to a sanctuary of relaxation, balance and rejuvenation.

Golf Courses

The Old Course
18 holes
Par 72
Designed by Alister MacKenzie & Old Tom Morris
Looking down the 18th fairway from the famous Swilcan Bridge remains golfs most memorable and unique image and one guaranteed to set the pulse of any golfer racing. Standing there, you are part of the history of the oldest courses in the world, where the game was first played as long ago as 1400. Host to 27 Opens, most recently in July 2005 this original links course continues to evolve and remains a real test of golf for todays champions as well as the many amateurs who play the course each year. Despite its reputation and status, it is a public course and welcomes any golfer with a handicap of 24 or under - ladies 36 and under.
The New Course
18 holes
Par 71
Designed by Old Tom Morris & David Honeyman
Almost 500 years passed before St Andrews built a second course. Situated next to the Old Course, the obvious name for it was the New. Opened in April 1895, the New Course is one of the stars in the golf firmament, offering a classic links challenge that uses the natural features of the land to create a significant golfing experience. Now ranked 38th in the Golf World rankings of golf courses in the UK, the New Course is often referred to as St Andrews best-kept secret. The layout was developed by Old Tom Morris winner of four Open Championships and David Honeyman. Based on the traditional out and back routing, among its most famous features are its shared fairways and a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes.
The Jubilee Course
18 holes
Par 72
Designed by Donald Steel
Based on a narrow strip of land between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee Course was opened in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victorias accession to the throne. The course has developed into one of the toughest golfing tests at St Andrews. Extended from 12 to 18 holes in 1905 by David Honeyman, it was updated again by 1946 and then re-designed to championship standard by Donald Steel in 1989. The traditional out and back layout starts and finishes at the Links Clubhouse. A main feature is the raised tees, which provide exceptional views of the links and expose golfers to the major test provided by the winds which sweep in from the bay.
The Eden Course
18 holes
Par 70
Designed by Harry S Colt & Donald Steel
Opened in 1914 and named after the estuary borders, the Eden Course was the fourth course to be built in St Andrews and can be more forgiving than the three links courses lying on the seaward side. Since 1919, it has played host to the Eden Tournament, one of Britains oldest amateur golfing events. Every year, in the second week of August, more than 250 golfers play for the Eden Trophy. Designed by internationally renowned course designer Harry S Colt, the course uses existing features and a partially buried field boundary wall to give a natural feel. Alterations were completed in 1989 under the direction of course architect Donald Steel and in 2000 a new clubhouse was built.
The Strathtyrum Course
18 holes
Par 69
Designed by Donald Steel
Opened in July 1993, the Strathtyrum Course was designed by Donald Steel to provide an enjoyable experience that would complement the tougher championship layouts. With two loops of nine, starting and finishing at the Eden Clubhouse, there is a links-like feel to the layout without some of the tougher consequences. Although relatively bunker-free by St Andrews standards, the bunkers here are cunningly placed. Combined with moundings around the sloping and small greens, they place an emphasis on iron play accuracy. Prevailing westerly winds add to the challenge and make the course play much longer than its published yardage.
Balgove Course
9 holes
Par 30
The Balgove is a nine-hole course primarily for children and beginners. Originally opened in February 1972, it was remodelled in June 1993. Bunkers and a double green are just some of the features that offer a great golfing experience that has proved popular with both children and adults.
The Castle Course
18 holes
Par 71
Designed by David Kidd
The Castle Course is the seventh course at the Home of Golf. Set on a dramatic clifftop location overlooking the ancient town of St Andrews, the course combines breathtaking views with a memorable golfing challenge. Designed by David Kidd, whose portfolio includes the world renowned Bandon Dunes in Oregon, The Castle Course won several international awards in its first year of opening and was included within the prestigious Golf Digest Top 100 rankings almost immediately. Highlights include the sixth hole, with a green set above St Andrews harbour, and a par three seventeenth played across a rocky chasm.


The Old Course Hotel has been lavishly refurbished and features 144 beautiful rooms, including 35 stunning suites.

Eden Rooms - The Eden Parkland Facing Bedrooms are an extremely spacious and luxuriously appointed. You wont forget that you are in the majestic homeland that is Scotland, with the earthy, neutral tones of cream and brown, delightfully spiced up with the signature red that is used throughout the resort. The use of tactile textures are a reminder of Scotlands rich heritage in the textile industry, with silk curtains, velvet furniture and a plaid wool throw. Gold and antique-style lamps add a touch of soothing glamour, while traditional images of St Andrews remind you that are indeed in the home of golf. The Eden Bedrooms have many little surprises on offer and some even include private balconies.

Old Course Rooms - like the Eden Rooms, are an extremely spacious and luxuriously appointed. The main difference is the Old Course Rooms all have direct views of the Old Course. Most of the guests are immediately drawn towards the window - for this is one of the most spectacular views in the world and find they spend much of their time rooted to this spot. For those who do manage to draw themselves away, this birds eye view of the worlds most famous golf course is offset with earthy, neutral tones of cream and brown, delightfully spiced up with the signature red that is used throughout the resort. The use of tactile textures are a reminder of Scotlands rich heritage in the textile industry, with silk curtains, velvet furniture and a plaid wool throw. Gold and antique-style lamps add a touch of soothing glamour, while traditional images of St Andrews and golf are the finishing touches to a perfect setting.

Suites - The Old Course Suites surely have to be Scotlands most magnificent and unique suites, for who else can claim this stunning accommodation directly above the 17th green of the worlds most famous golf course The Old Course Suites are truly relaxing a haven in fact combining neutral tones with ravishing splashes of the resorts signature red and green. The lovely, warm dcor feels very Scottish yet remains contemporary, with a stunning combination of tactile textiles such as velvet furniture with matching cushions, silk curtains and the pice de la rsistance being the silk-lined walls. The Fairway Suites are a wonderful contrast to the Old Course Suites with their contemporary, airy and minimalist feel. The Fairway Suites are housed in the Millennium Wing of the resort, which was launched in 2000. Every single Fairway Suite has a magnificent view of the Old Course and the Fife coastline that stretches for miles and miles. These Suites are vast, with an extremely spacious separate lounge containing a WC and mini-kitchen, a large bedroom and large bathroom with a separate walk-in shower and bath facilities. As soon as you walk into a Deluxe Suite, you may be forgiven for thinking that you are entering a glamorous and decadent theatre set, rather than a hotel bedroom, for these Suites are utterly unique and truly sensational. Situated above the famous 17th fairway of the Old Course, the Royal & Ancient Suite one of Scotlands finest - offers spectacular views across the links courses to the sea.

Food and Drink

From a magnificent gourmet experience in the Road Hole Fine Dining to an award-winning afternoon tea, the Old Course Hotel offers six unique dining and drinking experiences. Wine and dine at the Road Hole Restaurant. The Road Hole Restaurant - rated 3 AA rosettes, is a must-visit gourmet destination for all food lovers. The Road Hole Bar, which overlooks the Old Course, is famous for its selection of over 200 whiskies. Sands Grill is the hotels contemporary, buzzy restaurant offering a casual yet high-quality dining experience. Afternoon tea at the Old Course Hotel is a world-class affair, with the worlds most famous golf course serving as a truly unique backdrop. The Jigger Inn is fondly referred to as the towns best 19th hole and much loved by the many celebrities who visit. Enjoy the panoramic views of St Andrews and the beautiful coastline from the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Dukes Bar & Grill, set atop a landscape masterpiece.

Golf Tuition and Practice Facilities

The Dukes Golf Academy, St Andrews offers one of the most comprehensive golf teaching services available. First-class facilities include a driving range, putting green and chipping and bunker area. Lesson and course types are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to more experienced players and include a variety of coaching classes.


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Quote: GRD10185
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Tel: 01334 474371

All prices quoted are subject to change and availability. Please contact the resort directly to confirm all costs, dates and booking arrangements.



The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
St Andrews
Kingdom Of Fife
KY16 9SP

Getting there

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is stunningly situated overlooking the infamous 17th Road Hole of the Old Course and is only a short stroll from the heart of the town of St Andrews. Only one hours drive from Edinburgh and one and a half hours from Glasgow.
Nearest airport: Dundee Airport
Travel options: By Air - Regular domestic flights 1hr flight time from London and European services to Edinburgh Airport. Regular service from London City to Dundee Airport 20 minutes drive.Transatlantic flights land at Glasgow Airport 120 minutes to the north. By Rail - Guests arrive at Leuchars Railway Station four miles away which connects with Edinburgh and the national network. Regular services to London and all mainland UK station and to the rest of Europe by Eurostar and the Channel Tunnel. A chauffeur Service will be delighted to meet you at your chosen arrival point and can make arrangements for any onward connections.

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Resort facilities

  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool

Hotel facilities

  • Bar
  • Internet
  • WiFi

Practice area

  • Covered Bays
  • Video training

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