Event planners typically organize a limited number of incentive programs each year where hosts invite important clients and/or key partners in their distribution channel. And planners coordinating events with golf aficionados as attendees often look toward Golf Meccas in Scotland. No place speaks to the golfers more than The Old Course.
Located in St. Andrews, considered by many as the home of golf, The Old Course Hotel encapsulates the game of golf and the essence of Scotland for meetings, featuring meeting space for up to 400.
Incentive and Golf Events at the Old Course Hotel
The Old Course Hotel kicks off your incentive meeting by offering a unique location in the ancient town of St. Andrews and Kingdom of Fife, bordering the famous links courses on the renowned 17th “Road Hole” of the Old Course. Take your group to the top floor to add an equally famous view of the West Sands beach and the rugged Scottish coastline.
Begin your event with culinary delights at the Road Hole Restaurant (rated 3 AA rosettes). A small group (20 or under) can enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Old Course and the Scottish coastline, while dining on an exquisite, locally sourced and seasonal eight-course tasting menu. Try haggis for the first time. Dress in Scottish kilts. Whatever your theme, the Old Course event staff will help you create it.
Move to the Road Hole Bar, one of the top whisky bars in the world, on the hotel’s top floor for continued views of the Old Course below. Sink into one of the huge, leather sofas while sampling one (or more) of the more than 200 whiskies served. The whisky collection represents every operational distillery in Scotland, including a Tullibardine, the hotel’s label malt, and 1988 Highland Malt, sold at only the top 10 percent of United Kingdom bars. Less spirited imbibers can also savor a glass of vintage champagne or a fine compilation of wines.
More Meeting Planning Ideas
For those preferring an intimate event, book a private whisky tasting on the top floor’s Tasting Room. Your tutored tasting occurs in a club-like setting alongside whisky barrels, without the crowds. Step out onto the West Deck for 180 degree views of the Old Course and the Scottish setting while swirling your favorite Scottish whisky. Other private venues include the Boardroom, Captains’ Room, Tom Kidd Room, and Sands Private, capable of hosting 16 to 250.
- The Old Course Hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, has 144 rooms include 35 suites.
- The resort can host events for up to 400 people, from executive boardrooms to an elegant Ballrooms and a self-contained conference center.
- Historic St. Andrews is a short walk from the resort for off-site dining and other activities.
- Explore Visit Scotland, the country’s online meetings and group’s site, offers additional information.
Research contributed by Diana Rowe.