The legendary Old Course at St Andrews is where every golfer wants to be, and this is how to stay there, in five-star luxury overlooking the 17th fairway—in a room with a view at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, another golfing legend!
From here you have the most historic vistas in world golf: the famous Road Hole and the closing Tom Morris 18th hole, and the tiny stone Swilcan Bridge, where the champions pose for photographs. The view takes in beautiful West Sands Beach (scene of the beach race in ‘Chariots of Fire’), the legendary R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club) and the landmark Hamilton Grand, famously designed in the 1895 by Thomas Hamilton to overshadow the R&A, which had blackballed him.
Our Members are welcome to stay at the iconic Old Course Hotel and enjoy exclusive Club rates. This is a wonderful opportunity for golfers, but also for non-golfers. St Andrews is more than the home of golf—important though this is—this pretty seaside town is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic, with a first-class university, shopping and restaurants, and within an easy drive are a wealth of fascinating things to see and do, from castles and distilleries to loughs and seascapes—and another 10 golf courses.
The Old Course Hotel was built in 1968, designed to command one of the most iconic views in the golfing world, and now, with its excellent wining and dining and a multi-million-pound Kohler Waters Spa, the hotel itself has much to offer golfers and non-golfers too. It really is the best postcode to be staying at when you visit St Andrews and write your ‘wish you were here’ letters home!
The Old Course Hotel was built on the site of the old railway station. The pretty whitewashed former stationmaster’s house still adjoins it and, as the Jigger Inn, forms part of the hotel’s convivial retreats. In 2004, American billionaire Herb Kohler bought the hotel. As you might expect from a passionate golfer who owns an hotel in golf nirvana—and heads an international bathroom business—he takes care of the Old Course Hotel extremely well, and the spa and bathroom facilities are naturally first rate!
Inside, the atmosphere is of a large, smart golf club. A £10m makeover has brought in beautifully refurbished rooms, a state-of-the-art Kohler Waters Spa and, importantly for this hotel at the edge of the Old Course 17th fairway, a new ball-proof roof. The course is so testing that golfers lacking the necessary expertise caused showers of broken roof tiles on the hotel roof. A new lining of tiles created from recycled tyres now means inexpert golfers may well see their balls returning at speed in their direction.
For playing golfers staying at the Old Course Hotel, the prized tee times on the Old Course can be booked—but one must book extremely early to avoid disappointment, as these are always over-subscribed and the daily ballots are far from being a guarantee. So to add extra golf to the pleasures of staying here, the Old Course Hotel has its own championship golf course two miles away, Dukes. As a golfer you really are in the heart of it all at the Old Course Hotel—11 golf courses lie in and around the property, including famous names such as Kingsbarns Golf Links, Dumbarnie, Carnoustie, Crail, Jubilee, Lundin, Leven and Elie, to name a few. The expert hotel golf team can help to arrange your individual tee times and transfers.
Apart from its golfing riches, the Old Course Hotel is the town’s most luxurious. Of the 144 rooms, 35 are suites. Some are contemporary, with modern art and light colours—but most were designed by Frenchman Jacques Garcia in his signature bold, striped wallpapers, rich red fabrics and dark wood. Views vary from those most prized, over the famous golf links towards the town of St Andrews and the west beach, others look over the open parkland to the west. Suite categories range from Old Course Suites directly above the 17th green, to Eden Suites, contemporary Fairway Suites, Deluxe Suites and the Royal & Ancient Suite. The bathrooms are naturally by Kohler, with all mod cons.
The hotel prides itself on good, sensible wining and dining options, from informal menus in the Swilcan Loft, Hams Hame and the Duke’s Clubhouse, to fine dining on Scottish home produce—including fine breakfasts—in the top-floor Road Hole Restaurant, which offers the best views in town as well as 3 AA Rosette food. The food is good, and no-nonsense, from perfectly cooked steakto Scottish salmon, local crab and scallops, Highland venison and beef, and so much more. Full Scottish breakfasts are served in the Road Hole: think bacon, sausages, eggs and black pudding, Loch Fyne kippers, local smoked haddock, Eggs Benedict, porridge, omelettes, and cold cuts such as hams and cheeses. Early breakfasters will see the first players gradually arrive on the Old Course—hopefully your turn will come!
There’s award-winning afternoon teas, and plenty of bars in which to celebrate: the Road Hole Bar features aged and rare single malts among its 250 whiskies. A pub, the Jigger Inn—probably the most famous pub in golf—adds to the after-golf conviviality.
As we say, it’s not all about golf. The Kohlers Water Spa—the only one outside the US—focuses on innovative and sophisticated hydro treatments and bathing. The complex includes a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room, experience showers, ice fountain, cold plunge pool and a Finnish sauna, as well as a rooftop garden with a hot tub. Therapies and excellent facials and massages use Comfort Zone, Voya and Phytomer products and Margaret Dabbs manicures and pedicures. Hotel guests have complimentary access during certain hours, but not all day—so please check when booking for full details.
As might be expected, the Old Course Hotel has a range of meeting and event facilities for gatherings of 16 to 600. You can even be married here in this iconic golfer’s paradise.
For full details, and to check availability for your dates and preferred room categories, please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Old Station Road