Macdonald Rusacks Given Go-ahead For
Luxury Suites And Rooftop Restaurant
Visitors to St Andrews will be able to enjoy the most famous
view in golf from some of the most luxurious accommodation in the
country after Macdonald Hotels were this week granted planning
permission for a 44-suite extension to the Rusacks Hotel,
overlooking the 18th green at The Old Course.
The £7m extension to the 128-year-old hotel in the 'Home of
Golf' will also include a rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace, as
well as glass-fronted suites allowing visitors to witness up-close
the grandeur of golf's most historic course.
Macdonald Hotels deputy chairman Gordon Fraser warmly welcomed
the planning decision: "This is a tremendously positive
announcement for our company and for St Andrews, which will give
visitors to the town world-class '5 Red Star' accommodation.
"This development will set a new benchmark for luxury in St
Andrews, attracting many new visitors every year from all over the
world and bringing new jobs and major benefits to the local
"We've owned the Macdonald Rusacks since 2001 and are especially
conscious of being custodians of one of golf's most famous
locations so will be developing the site with the utmost
"Many of the world's most famous golfers have stayed with us
when playing The Old Course and only this summer U.S. Open winner
Justin Rose described his suite as 'the best room in
"Indeed, the balconies at the Macdonald Rusacks have often been
described as having 'the best views in world golf' and our design
will carefully blend the iconic location with the most
"We'll now enter the next stages of the planning process and
anticipate beginning work during 2016."
Macdonald Hotels will invest £7million in the development, with
44 spacious suites which range from 350 - 475 sq ft and a rooftop
restaurant for 145 diners, building on the success of the 3 AA
Rosette 'Rocca' restaurant operated by Adrian and Susan
The new restaurant, bar and 1,050sq ft roof terrace will all
offer spectacular views over the Old Course and the West Sands,
additions which the company is confident will achieve '5 Red Star'
status for the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel.
Stephen Gallacher, member of the winning 2014 European Ryder Cup
Team and golf ambassador for Macdonald Hotels, said: "I've seen the
plans for this fantastic development at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel
and they are stunning. The group is committed to developing a truly
world-class hotel in keeping with its fabulous location,
overlooking the most famous hole on the most famous golf course in
The extension to the hotel, which will also provide valet car
parking on the lower ground floor, has been designed by Scottish
firm WCP Architects and will be built using traditional materials
in keeping with its location in the historic town of St