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.
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 Course 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, provide 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.
Restaurant & Bars
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 favorite 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 center of St Andrews, guests of The Rusacks are within 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
Prestwick Golf Course
at Prestwick Golf Club
Host of 24 Open Championships and the first Open in 1860, few courses can match the history of Prestwick. Playing here is to take a step back in time and enjoy links golf as it was once played.
North Foreland Golf Course
at North Foreland Golf Club
North Foreland is a fun course to play along the cliff top overlooking the English Channel in Kent’s northeast corner. Established in 1903 and with great panoramic views from the clubhouse.
at Carnoustie Golf Links
The Championship Course at Carnoustie is one of Scotland’s iconic courses and regular host of The Open since 1931. A tough test, this course is regarded as the most difficult Open Championship course.
Western Gailes Golf Course
at Western Gailes Golf Club
Western Gailes is a classic links layout. Situated on a narrow strip of land between the railway and the ocean in the South West of Scotland it is an interesting examination of most clubs in the bag.
Kingsbarns Golf Course
at Kingsbarns Golf Links
Situated on the east coast of Scotland and just 7 miles from St Andrews, Kingsbarns, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best courses, certainly a must-play when visiting the area of Fife.
at Crail Golfing Society
A great Old Tom Morris design dating back over 100 years, this is links golf as it used to be played with many of the original hole routings still in play today. A short layout but nonetheless a true test.
at St Andrews Links
Often overshadowed by the Old Course, the New Course is a very enjoyable links layout that will test all parts of your game. Opened in 1895 and therefore one of the oldest ‘new’ courses in the world.
North Berwick Glen Golf Course
at Glen Golf Club
North Berwick is blessed with the famous West Links and also the East Links at The Glen Golf Club. Although in the shadow of its neighbour we highly recommend playing the East Links.
at St Andrews Links
A tough links course that opened in 2008, making the Castle Course the latest addition to the St Andrews Links portfolio of courses. Superb coastal views along this interesting clifftop layout.
Dunbar Golf Course
at Dunbar Golf Club
The East Links at Dunbar Golf Club date back to 1856 and run along a narrow strip of land on Scotland’s Golf Coast just 30 miles east of Edinburgh. Ranked amongst the country’s top 40.