St. Andrews’s Old Course Hotel to install rubber roof for errant tee shots

When players hit it out of bounds at 17, the brass at St. Andrews’s Old Course will soon no longer have to fret.

Per the Daily Express, the Old Course Hotel, which runs adjacent to the Old Course’s par-4 17th, will soon be getting a rubber roof.

This structure is certainly the most famous hotel obstacle in golf, representing an out-of-bounds target right that many have failed to avoid on 17, but that has come with a price. Literally.

Apparently, the Old Course Hotel has been suffering so many golf ball strikes to its roof that it was costing more than £1,500 (about $1,875) per week in roof repairs. But, no more. As the Daily Express reports, Calgary-based roofer Euroshield has been commissioned by Old Course Hotel brass to install a new rubber roof atop the structure.

Euroshield’s material is made of 70 percent recycled tire and is said to be “completely impact resistant,” rendering golf ball roof damage obsolete. The company’s owner, Henry Kamphuis, told the Daily Express that he was surprised when he got a call regarding the Old Course Hotel, but it became clear quickly how deep the problem was.

“I was up on the hotel and the gutters are just full of golf balls,” Kamphuis said. “It’s very easy to hit the hotel, it’s right in the middle of the fairway.”

OK, right in the middle of the fairway is a bit of an exaggeration, but yeah it does appear easy to hit. We can’t imagine how many amateurs who play the Old Course each year hit the Old Course Hotel in some way. Hey, the pros even struggle with avoiding the hotel.

The Old Course Hotel sits adjacent to the 17th hole at St. Andrews' Old Course.