Old Course hotel plans opening of extension in 2021
The Old Course hotel in St Andrews, Scotland's AA Hotel of the Year 2018-19, has revealed plans for an extension, which will open in 2021.
The five-red-AA-star, 144-bedroom property has submitted plans to Fife Council to add 31 golf-course-facing bedrooms and expand its conference facilities ahead of the 2021 golf Open Championship.
The plans include expanding the hotel's main function room, the Hall of Champions, from 300 seats to a planned 440 through the re-purposing of staff offices, and the extension of the property's west wing (the Millennium Wing) through a new bedroom floor and rooftop penthouse to meet the subsequent increased bedroom demand.
Two ground-level meeting rooms will also be converted to new bedrooms and all other bedrooms in the Millennium Wing, built in 2000, will be fully refurbished.
The business plans for the main works to begin in early 2020, subject to planning permission.
The hotel was built in 1968 by British Transport Hotels on the site of the redundant St Andrews rail line goods station.
American conglomerate the Kohler Company, which bought the hotel in 2004, has undertaken several refurbishment and extension projects in recent years, including a £17m refurbishment in 2017. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts' Legend Collection.
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