The Ryder Cup may be over for another two years, but golf fans are treated to another spectacle of the season with this week's iconic Alfred Dunhill Links Championship that pits the world's best golfers alongside celebrities and sporting stars.
It will be a special week for the event as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
But the famed Old Course at St Andrews has more than just 18 beautiful holes. Its Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is something special, too.
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.
Not only have these changes been made to the hotel ahead of this week's European Tour event, but more so in advance of the 150th Open Championship on the Old Course next July.
Many of golf's defininig moments have taken place in the shadow of the Old Course Hotel, with legends such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Sir Nick Faldo winnng The Open on the Old Course.
Within proximity to, and owned by the Old Course Hotel, the impressive Duke's Course, suited for golfers of all abilities, is available to play all year round.
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 renowned 17th Road Hole and next to the iconic Swilcan Bridge.
The hotel and all facilities reopened on April 26 following the easing of Covid restrictions, and they will remain open during the final stages of the refurbishment.
Following renovations, the hotel will boast 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 interiors will feature 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 and Spa currently has five restaurants and bars and will add to its offering with the launch of a new 80-cover restaurant and bar, situated on the fourth floor and in East End of the hotel.
It will provide 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 will become 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 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.
Helen McBride, General Manager, Old Course Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: "After an incredibly challenging year for hospitality, we are excited to unveil our multi-million refurbishment plansthat are currently underway at the Old Course Hotel.
"As one of the UK’s top hotels we already have an exceptional five-star offering for our guests but we are excited to further strengthen the hotel’s facilities this summer. The new restaurant and bar will be a particularly exciting offering, which will truly add to St Andrews’ culinary scene.
"These renovations have enabled Old Course Hotel to adapt to ever-changing customer demands and competitive landscapes, which has become increasingly important over the past year."
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is the ideal retreat for golf and spa lovers, offering a range of experience-led packages for guests to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and Fife’s beautiful landscape and coastline, from Spa Getaways to The Fantastic Four with four rounds of golf on Scotland’s most loved courses.
It is 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.
West Sands Beach is only five minutes’ from the hotel for beautiful walks and guests can also explore Fife’s beautiful coastline passing through historical and natural landscapes along the 81 mile-stretch of Coastal Path, from Forth Bridge all the way north to the Tay Bridge at the gateway to Dundee. The hotel is also a less than two hours’ drive from Scotland’s wild wilderness and its most famous national parks, including The Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
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.