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Key Facts
Macdonald Rusacks Hotel
Pilmour Links
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9QJ

Tel: 0870 400 8128
Fax: 01334 477 896



Macdonald Hotels and Resorts:
Old Course at St Andrews entry within our Golf Course Directory
Golf Courses in Fife:
There are over 50 in the area

Room 114: A Room with a View

Some hotels will state that they are just "step"s away from somewhere, generally you would take this with just a pinch of salt. However the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel certainly lives up to the billing. From the rear entrance to the Old Course at St Andrews, it's just nine steps to the hallowed turf of the 18th fairway and one of the most famous views in golf, the clubhouse to the right with the 18th green and 1st tee and to the left the 1st green and the Swilken Bridge.

The hotel even came into play during the 2005 Open, a sliced tee shot bouncing off the hotel and back on to the 18th fairway!

Everyone is aware that St Andrews is the "Home of Golf" and the Old Course is the probably the most famous golf course in the world, certainly the one course every golfer would love to play, at least just the once.

Unlike in many other sports, with golf, you can walk the same steps that the legends take. The same holes that Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus play, putt out of the "Valley of Sin", try and get out of the "Road Hole Bunker" and try and make a 100 yard putt on one of the huge double greens, all in all, a wonderful experience, open to just about anyone who has a handicap certificate.

If you're planning on staying at St Andrews then there isn't a more convenient location than the Macdonald Rusacks, short of camping on the 18th Fairway, you can't get any closer and if you want a very special treat then book Room 114.

Room 114 (and 214 above) from the outside is very unassuming. Just a door... but when you walk in you are greeted with (at least for a golf fan) quite probably the best view in the world. It really is quite outstanding, just to stand in the large bay window (or sit at the table) and admire the view, you get the whole panorama of the 1st and 18th holes, from tee to green and it's just awe inspiring. To be that close, overlooking so many centuries of history... I've been unable to think of anything that matches it. There are no hotels overlooking Augusta, you can't watch Manchester United play from your hotel window, Lord's, no, Yankee Stadium, no, Wimbledon, no, Twickenham, no...

The suite itself is immaculate, a large tastefully decorated and furnished living room, complete with a large sofa, desks, chairs, television, stereo, fridge, a large bedroom with a very comfortable very wide bed and a well appointed bathroom, where, should you so wish, you can still watch the action on the Old Course even when, shall we say, you are otherwise occupied!

The main hotel restaurant also overlooks the historic links course, eating breakfast or dinner watching the activities on the Old Course really is the most pleasant way to enjoy a meal, I watched Phil Mickelson start his practice round whilst enjoying breakfast... for a golfer, seriously, it doesn't get much better than this.

The Macdonald Rusacks itself is a very classy hotel, the staff exemplary and it's actually very reasonably priced bearing in mind the location and the quality of the establishment. Dinner especially I thought was very good value indeed.

It's the extras though that for a golfer set the hotel apart from others, the location we've already touched on, unbeatable. The hotel also offers a Golf Manager, to whom basically you can present a "Wish List", tell him where you wish to play, when and he will organise it all for you, free of charge, organise tee times, transport, point you in the right direction for the local golf shops or practice facilities, basically take all of the hassle out of the golfing aspect of your trip to the area. It's an excellent service and if you're planning a golfing trip to the area an invaluable one too.

St Andrews itself is a lovely little town, and around the Old Course and in the surrounding streets are numerous golf related shops, bars and restaurants. Not to mention such things as the R&A, the British Golf Museum and a lovely sandy beach all just a short stroll away - if the beach looks familiar it's the one used for the famous "Chariots of Fire" beach scene, if you're up to it, you too can run in slow motion along the beach!

A visit to St Andrews is to be thoroughly recommended for any golfer and if you're looking for the complete experience then staying at the Macdonald Rusacks would certainly enhance your trip, and room 114, for golfers, quite possibly the best hotel suite in the world.

Note the Macdonald Rusacks has a special off season golf package available which includes guaranteed tee times on the Old Course - read more here.

"THE VIEW" from the living room of Room 114 - St Andrews Old Course, although obscured by the temporary stands behind is the "Chariots of Fire" beach...
A view of the living room - the suite is furnished to a very high standard.
The bedroom of room 114, very comfortable!
The Macdonald Rusacks (the building to the right) is literally steps from the old course, nine to be precise. I know because I counted them myself!
Room 114 is designated the "Tom Morris Snr" suite and this framed description is by the door just in case any visitors are unaware of who he is.

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