Is This The Ultimate Place To Stay On Planet Golf?

Following a recent extension and extensive refurbishments, the world-famous Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews is back to its magnificent best

The Rusacks during the Dunhill Links
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One of the great things about visiting St Andrews is that it’s a true golfing town – The sport hangs in the air and seeps from the stonework and bricks, golf is woven in as an element of the fabric of the Auld Grey Toon. The Rusacks Hotel is a fundamental part of that meshing. 

A building dating from the 1800s, the hotel has welcomed the greats of the game over the decades. It occupies a location to rival, arguably to top, any golfing hotel on the planet and now, after recently completed refurbishments, it offers accommodation and hospitality of the very highest level.


View from a bedroom of the Rusacks

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There was never any question about the superb setting of The Rusacks – Halfway up the 18th hole of St Andrews’ iconic Old Course with front-facing rooms offering views across the fairways and over to West Sands. Opening the curtains of a morning and looking out on the hallowed links delivers spine-tingling inspiration for even the most cynical golfers.

But, until Marine & Lawn took over at the grand old hotel, things had become a little stale on the inside – still comfortable but just a little tired. Not so now, the refurbishments and additional spaces have elevated the Rusacks back to where it belongs as a world-leading golfing hotel.


A bedroom at the refurbished Rusacks

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The rooms and suites have been opulently redecorated and now offer individualised charm, as well as being supremely comfortable and well appointed. A new extension has added extra accommodation and the build has been a great success, blending naturally to its surroundings.

The communal areas in the hotel have been sympathetically improved upon, without losing the history and golfing feel that was always there and should always remain.


The communal areas are full of character

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The dining options have been extended with the addition of the brilliant upstairs 18 – Led by award-winning chef Derek Johnstone, it’s a rooftop restaurant with balcony that delivers a very relaxed yet high-end vibe. It’s one of the best views from any restaurant/bar if you’re a golf lover.


A pint in 18

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Downstairs, the Mediterranean restaurant offers a touch of class and if you’re looking for somewhere to skulk a little then the One Under Bar, below the level of The Links, offers a cosy spot for a pint, a dram or a bar meal.

There are private dining options, spaces that can be used for events or meetings together with options for activities and excursions for those who’d rather not spend their entire time in St Andrews on the golf course!


The front entrance

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The Rusacks was, and remains, all about Location, location, location. But the hotel can now very much boast that they deliver excellence on every level, on top of that superb setting. It’s quite a place to visit and a real treat for golf lovers.



Mike Harris
Content Director

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history leading the brand until July 2023. He is now Content Director overseeing Golf Monthly and two other iconic sports brands, FourFourTwo and Rugby World.

His three main passions in golf are courses (he's played over 500 courses worldwide), equipment (he's always in search of something shinny to give him an edge) and shoes (he owns more pairs than he cares to mention!).  

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of five golf clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon, Prince's and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Mike's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 10° - Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip

Fairway woods: TaylorMade Sim Max 3/15° - Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S & TaylorMade Stealth 7/20° - Fujikura Ventus Red 6S - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Utility Iron: TaylorMade Stealth UDI 3/21° - Aldila Ascent 90HY - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (5-PW)  - Fujikura Axiom 75R - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 50°, 54° and 58° - KBS Tour Hi-Rev 2.0 shafts - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Putter: Evnroll ER2B - Gravity Grip 

Ball: TaylorMade - Tour Response (Yellow)