Old Course hotel strikes platinum and gold

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The five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews is celebrating the best possible start to 2013 with three very high profile awards.

VisitScotland has acknowledged the "exceptional standards" at the Home of Golf resort with five gold stars through its national tourism Quality Assurance Scheme. 

Richard Pinn, VisitScotland Regional Director, explains: "Our gold award recognises serviced accommodation businesses across Scotland that consistently achieve the highest levels of excellence.

"Businesses achieving this prestigious award excel in customer care and hospitality and show real commitment to staff development and training.

"Establishments such as the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa are the stand-out businesses when it comes to exceptional quality and service in providing accommodation for visitors."

The iconic resort includes the stunning Duke's Course (the only inland layout at St Andrews) and has also been recognised by Conde Nast Traveler in their 'Platinum Circle', an award for destinations that have made their gold list every year for five consecutive years.

The 144 bedroomed hotel scores highly with those voting for the award, achieving over 90% for the "killer location", "Jacques Garcia-designed rooms" and the array of activities available to guests.

Service provided by the resort staff is complimented as "courteous, prompt and professional" and the award-winning Kohler Waters Spa, the three AA rosette Road Hole Restaurant and the world famous Road Hole Bar all receive mentions within the award summary. 

And hot on the heels of the Gold & Platinum recognition is the resort's inclusion in the exclusive Travel & Leisure's Top 500 Worldwide Resorts – the Old Course Hotel being the only destination recognised in Scotland. 

General Manager, Daniel Pereira, is "absolutely delighted" with the news, saying: "Awards are always welcome, but accolades that recognise our ongoing commitment and investment in our staff and training are especially welcome.

"Recognition from those who travel the world and stay in destinations around the globe are also very highly valued as they truly reflect the customers' views.

"It is wonderful news of which we are enormously proud - and the best possible start to 2013."