Old Course Hotel


I recently took my Mum to the Old Course Hotel as a treat for Mother's Day, and won some serious brownie points! I have to say, that even with my beady hotel reviewing eyes, I left this resort totally charmed!! Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Hotel overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. Here are my highlights - The hotel staff are absolutely 5 star and can't do enough for you, I really warmed to everyone. It's got an old school finery to it. They park your car for you and turn down your bed - that kind of thing. The views from the 4th floor bar and restaurant are just amazing. As there are not many great bars in Scotland that are 'up high with a view' it makes the experience all the better. Oh, and their private dining room on the 4th floor is spec-tac-u-lar. The spa is great, and is getting better all the time as they've recently spent 7 million adding a fitness centre. Do organise some treatments here. We had 3 hours in the spa, but I think a whole day would really be worth it to make the most out of your experience. I know that it's a golf hotel and you probably want to come here for the golf, because they do all of that side of things very, very well and even have their own golf course. However....... you could just as easily come here for a romantic night away, a special birthday celebration, an afternoon tea, a wedding or corporate getaway. The fact that you are close to the beautiful town of St Andrews really adds to the charm. I loved wandering around the cute independent shops. There's plenty to see and do further afield FYI but you may not really want to leave the hotel too often. My only low point to the whole experience, genuinely - was that we only stayed one night. After our one night I was just starting to get used to everything and really see the potential of the hotel. Three or four nights is probably about right, so you can try out all the restaurants, the afternoon tea in the conservatory (which is ON the golf course - you have to hit your ball over it, to get the 17th green) and get plenty of outdoorsy activity under your belt. Although the hotel doesn't have a kids club like Gleneagles and Cameron House - it's very child friendly, and there's a lot of great stuff for children and families to do in the area. There's a lot of history here at the birth place of golf, this hotel captures this feeling beautifully, I sensed it when I walked in the door, and felt it throughout my stay. I once again felt proud to be Scottish. This is a Scottish Resort Hotel worth having a first, second or third look at.....


The Old Course Hotel
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SP

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