If you are an avid golfer, thinking about taking a golf holiday and not sure where to go, don’t worry. Here’s a hotel that will satisfy your deepest pangs for the sport and let you enjoy a blissful holiday as well.
The Old Course Hotel, also called the Golf Resort and Spa is the best golf resort in Scotland and one of the leading golf resorts in the world. The resort has won numerous awards including the titles of “World’s Leading Golf Resort” in 2003 and 2004, “Leading Spa” in 2005, and the third rosette award to the Road Hole Grill restaurant present in the resort.
Location: You won’t be able to find any other hotel with such a perfect location. The resort is surrounded by so many wonderful sites that you can take a day off from golfing and explore the nearby areas which include the West Sands, The famous 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, The oldest university town of Scotland, the historical clubhouse and the coastline areas of St. Andrews and Fife.
The hotel itself is just an hours drive away from the Edinburgh Airport and you can find plenty of cabs, taxis and private coaches that take you to the resort. The passing landscape is so wonderful that you will never notice the time fly by on the road.
Accommodation: The rooms and suites of The Old Course Hotel are some of the best rooms in the world and incredibly spacious. All of them have views of the course, the grasslands of Fife or the sea. A total of 134 rooms are divided between 32 suites and 114 standard bedrooms. The Suites have a huge dining area, a separate fireplace in the living room, a bedroom and two bathrooms.
Some of the amenities provided with each room include king sized beds, antique furnishings, satellite televisions with CD players, well stocked mini bars, espresso machines, irons with attached boards and IDD telephones in the rooms while the bathrooms have hairdryers, power showers and whirlpool baths.
Dining: The Old Course Hotel has a total of 4 restaurants in addition to 2 bars which dot the resort grounds. If you want a taste of traditional Scottish food, head over to The Road Hole Grill. A more contemporary environment and food is what is used to describe the Sands Bar and Restaurant which has a festive Italian mood when compared to the classical touch of the Road Hole Grill. The restaurant also comes with a private bar.
The Duke’s Restaurant is open to all who frequent the Duke’s Golf Course Clubhouse. The restaurant has splendid views of the coast and St. Andrews in addition to a private chamber called the Captains room for private events. At The Conservatory, you can enjoy continental breakfasts in addition to a variety of ice creams and tea with the chocolate tea being a branded drink.
If you want to enjoy quality drinks and tidbits, you can do so at either The Road Hole Bar which is quite famous for its malts or the Jigger Inn which is an 17th century establishment complete with open hearth fires and the finest of Scottish drinks.
General Amenities: If you plan on hosting a business event in Scotland, look no further for the prefect venue. For the Old Course Hotel has some of the best business centers in the entire country. There are a total of 7 meeting rooms and banquet halls which have in the past been host to a number of press meets, product launches, international conventions and weddings to name a few.
The more popular rooms include The Ballroom, The Millennium Wing, The Gallery and The Atrium with different capacities and facilities for various events. All of these rooms boast of being equipped with the latest in business amenities which include hi-fi audio and video gear, projectors, secretarial facilities and translation options in addition to private car parking for business guests.
The hotel provides maximum comfort for disabled guests with the public rooms and hallways being wheel chair friendly. In addition to this, the hotel has five rooms in the ground level and two separate rooms for special guests. These rooms have larger doorways and lower fittings in the bathrooms.
Step into the state of the art fitness center in the hotel and you won’t have the heart to leave. The center has the latest in the cardio theater stations and equipment, as well as a weights area and plasma screens for that added effort.
The Old Course Hotel has one of the best spas in all of Europe with regard to the facilities available and the treatments provided by professionally trained therapists from around the world. Situated right next to the fitness center, the spa has among others a large lap pool and a whirl pool, with private therapy rooms complete with bathrooms for the more conscious guests, sauna and steam rooms, a cold plunge pool, an ice fountain and to top it all off, Monsoon Showers with different colors and fragrances.
If you have a pet and are worried about finding an accommodation for him/her while on holiday, don’t worry. The Old Course Hotel accepts pets and also has dog walkers and sitters you can avail for a small fee. The hotel also offers special doggie packages which include beds, food and other services for your furry friend.
Your children will never feel bored in The Old Course Hotel. For there is so much to do in and around the hotel for them. The beach is quite nearby for a quick dip and the hotel organizes sand castle competitions in the summer. Kite flying is also a popular activity down at the beach. Families can also visit the St. Andrews cinema hall for daily shows and the St. Andrews Aquarium.
Recreational Activities: The Old Course Hotel is indeed a haven for golf lovers and true to its name; the hotel has some of the best golf courses you can ever come across. St. Andrews, which is nearby has a total of 10 championship golf courses you can choose from. Or if you choose to play within the comfort of the resort, Duke’s Course is the best option. This is touted to be the only inland golf course in the whole of Home of Golf Arena.
The course has an 18 hole green with a private club house, caddies for hire, changing rooms, private golf, shops, board rooms, restaurants and a bar. You can also take part in regular golf outings in addition to lessons handled by the famed Golf Steward.
If you have some time apart from enjoying the luxuries of the hotel and playing golf to your heart’s content, you can always opt to go biking or cycling along the stunning coast. Jogging is also quite common with a fair number of locals and tourists alike taking to the routes quite earnestly in the mornings and evenings.
Walking along the beach and the Fife Coast is an activity that will not tire you out no matter how long and far you walk owing to the absolutely stunning landscape you get to see. Mountain climbing is a favorite pastime with the more adventurous guests. The hotel also provides concierge service and your concierge can arrange for a round of fishing in the ocean, river or lake depending on your preferences.
Shopping is quite a popular pastime and the areas surrounding the hotel are a pleasure to explore. There are a fair number of theaters and museums in the area for a quick site visit.
So what do you think? The Old Course Hotel has everything needed for a perfect vacation. Wonderful surroundings, first class amenities and service in addition to activities that keep you on your toes from dawn to dusk are what you will find here. Go for it and have a wonderful family vacation.