Fusion Group plans to capitalise on some of Scotland’s most lucrative visitor destinations, starting with St Andrews
No 1 Golf Place in St Andrews is to be given a £90k makeover after being acquired by the Fusion Group, which operates a number of food, leisure and events businesses, including the Old Churches Hotel in Dunblane and The Red Brolly Inn near Pitlochry.
It’s already been renamed as The Golf Inn and will undergo a rolling makeover, which will take several weeks to complete to culminate in a brasserie and bar over two floors.
The venue is thought to be in a prime position for passing trade given its locale, which is close to both the world-famous Old Course and the West Sands, and was temporarily dubbed One Nike Place for a week during The Open 2015 at the request of the sports brand.
It will now be leased for a minimum of 15 years from Iona Pub Partnerships, the property division of the G1 Group, and will retain its address: No. 1 Golf Place.
Alex McKie, managing director at Fusion Group, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this site, formerly trading as a public house, which in my mind is ready for a re-invention.
“We will have an all-day kitchen, family friendly brasserie and bar over two floors that will seat around one hundred people, and a little sun terrace too.
“I believe that we will fit into the local market quite well, and also bring some new offerings too, such as The Golf Inn’s six high quality bedrooms which have not been an obvious part of the business in the past.
“We are here for the long-term and are very excited, as, if you are a golfer, there can be few better known and instantly recognisable destinations than St. Andrews, Scotland, in which to put your own stamp.
“It’s an iconic corner in the old town and we will appeal to most that pass on their way in or out of St. Andrews.”