St Andrews' Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a multimillion-pound series of renovation and refurbishment works, which will include a penthouse, new guest rooms, a new restaurant and bar, and revitalised event spaces at the five-red-AA-starred property.
The works are set for completion in July 2021 ahead of the Open in 2022, which will be held on the Old Course. The hotel and all facilities will reopen on 26 April 2021 and remain open during the final stages of the refurbishment.
The renovations will see the bedroom count grow from 144 to 175 with the addition of a third floor in the Champions Wing and 31 new rooms overlooking the Old Course. A penthouse will also be added to the fourth floor, which will be the only room with a private lift and balcony, outdoor seating and fire pit, as well as a private dining area for eight guests.
The hotel, which is owned by Kohler Co, has six restaurants and bars and will extend its offering with a new 80-cover, all-day restaurant and bar, situated on the fourth floor in the East End of the hotel, serving international cuisine using locally sourced produce. The restaurant and terrace will overlook the town and golf course.
The hotel has expanded its Hall of Champions to offer a new flexible space with its own entrance for weddings and corporate events, as well as a terrace with views over the golf course, designed for drinks receptions. The hotel's largest space, it will hold 450 guests and can be used as one large venue or split into six smaller spaces. The Conservatory has also been extended and upgraded with newly renovated windows and roof.
General manager Helen McBride said: "After an incredibly challenging year for hospitality, we are excited to unveil our multi-million refurbishment plans that are currently under way 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 and welcome guests back to the hotel from the end of April.
"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."