St Andrews, Scotland
Rusacks Hotel overview
The Rusacks Hotel has recently undergone a tasteful remodelling with golf very much the central theme, embracing its history as a key part of the golf scene in St Andrews; particularly with its location overlooking arguably the world’s most famous golf course. This includes the Austen Gallery – a shrine to golf with portraits of some of the greats of the game adorning the walls. Guests even have access to a golf concierge to assist with any golf-related queries they may have.
Now a 5-star hotel, it oozes elegance and has a traditional charm, in keeping with its history and location. Guests have a couple of dining options within the hotel as well as the luxury of being able to walk to all St Andrews has to offer in just a matter of minutes.
Scotland’s true original, the Rusacks St Andrews lives along the legendary “Old Course” and is the golf explorer’s most sought-after playground. With its untamed beauty, Rusacks is a monument to St Andrews legacy and its abundant creative spirit. Occupying a landmark 1600s building, overlooking the Home of Golf and feet from Old Tom Morris’ hallowed Old Course Links – the hotel is the newest offering from Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts.
Golf is intrinsically linked with The Rusacks, due mostly to its position overlooking the Old Course. With St Andrews a golfing mecca, it means you have several courses within walking distance of the hotel including the likes of the Links Trust’s Jubilee and New Course.
Other big names such as Kingsbarns Golf Links and Carnoustie Golf Links are within easy driving distance of the property as well as some of the hidden gems in Fife such as Crail Golfing Society and Leven Links.
Guests of The Rusacks Hotel will have several room types to consider, from the entry level Classic Rooms through to Executive and Feature Rooms which offer excellent views across the St Andrews Old Course.
Junior Suites and Senior Suites (suitable for families) are also available which as well as the Old Course provides views out towards West Sands Beach. There are 120 rooms in total, all furnished to a high standard with fantastic ensuite bathrooms including a walk-in shower. The rooms all come with free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and flat-screen TV’s. Warm woods and antique furnishings meet luxurious materials and mystical touches to create a vivid ode to the Highlands and Linksland of Scotland.
Restaurant & Bars
Rusacks St Andrews celebrates the uniquely Scottish relationship between golf, the landscape, produce, and culture. An anticipated collection of inspiring hospitality concepts from White Rabbit Projects featuring a diverse selection of restaurants and bars celebrating the very best of Scottish produce.
The Rusacks Hotel has recently added the Surf & Turf restaurant to its dining options. The ethos of this restaurant is simple meat or fish dishes using locally sourced ingredients. This adds to the existing choices which include the One Under Gastro Pub, a great place for a hearty meal and a place to watch golf or other major sporting fixtures. In terms of bars, there are two to choose from, The Gin Bar which offers superb views over the Old Course and out to West Sands Beach, a wonderful place to relax with a cocktail. The other is the R Bar, an elegant place to sit with your favourite whisky in the evening or to take a light lunch during the day.
The Rusacks Hotel has a prime position directly adjacent to the 18th hole of the Old Course in St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. Just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of St Andrews, guests of The Rusacks are in touching distance of everything the town has to offer. For international access, we recommend either Edinburgh Airport which is 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive away or Glasgow Airport which is just under two hours.
Golf courses near to Rusacks Hotel
The more forgiving of the two courses at Fairmont St Andrews, the Torrance is laid out on the clifftop just 3 miles from St Andrews overlooking the bay. Great views and fun to play.
The Kittocks at Fairmont St Andrews is a tough but very exciting course to play, hugging the cliffs that overlook St Andrews Bay and with great views of the Auld Grey Toon that sits just 3 miles away.
A beautiful 18-hole, par-69 links course, The Balcomie provides golfers with a unique challenging round, while boasting spectacular views of the Scottish coast.
Just minutes from St Andrews, this rare piece of land is home to Dumbarnie Links golf course which has a mile and a half of sea frontage with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth.
The Eden Course is a delightful Harry Colt creation to the west of the Old Course. A very natural layout with contoured greens that are some of the most undulating in the whole of St Andrews.
Perhaps the most underrated of the St Andrews courses, the Jubilee is full of character and variety. Originally opened in 1897, it underwent changes in 1988 to elevate it to championship standard.
Ladybank Golf Course
A fantastic par-71 heathland course, Ladybank offers golfers an interesting challenge alongside a fantastic clubhouse with a friendly atmosphere.
Leven Links Golf Course
Having played host to the British Open Championship on several occasions, this fantastic par-71 links course tests every level of golfer. Dating back to the 1800s, this is one of the oldest links courses in Scotland.
Scotscraig Golf Course
Whatever level of golfer you may be, Scotscraig offers an enjoyable challenge to all. Competitive coaching packages are available if you want a better round of golf or you can simply practice your technique on the putting greens.
Lundin Golf Course
Designed by James Braid, this 6371 yard, par-71 links course is renowned for its beautiful greens and has some of the most demanding short par-4s in the region.
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"For a golfer, a hotel does not get much better than this. Waking up and having breakfast overlooking the Old Course is a bucket list experience"
Senior UK Tours Consultant