Macdonald Rusacks Hotel Honours
As the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship gets into full swing,
Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St
Andrews has announced it is to honour one of Scotland's leading
golfers, Stephen Gallacher, by renaming his
favourite hotel suite in his honour.
The Ryder Cup player and golf ambassador for Macdonald Hotels
& Resorts is among the stars from Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup
victory returning to play at the Old Course, Carnoustie and
Kingsbarns this week. Gallacher is just one of the many famous
golfers who choose to stay at the luxury hotel which is a sand
wedge from the 18th hole, and where, only this summer,
2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose described his suite as 'the best
room in golf'.
Kristian Campbell, General Manager of Macdonald
Rusacks Hotel, said: "Stephen has been a special guest of ours
for a number of years and we look forward to welcoming him for the
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Stephen is among the most
popular players on Tour - among his fellow pros as well as fans all
over the world - so we thought it fitting to rename his favourite
room 'The Stephen Gallacher Suite' in his honour."
The Stephen Gallacher Suite is one of the hotel's classic suites
with a separate kitchen and lounge area with views across the
historic Old Course and West Sands. The room is subtly decorated
and will now display images from Gallacher's illustrious
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts' relationship with Gallacher
began when the family-owned company began supporting the Stephen
Gallacher Foundation. This initiative aims to offer children from
as young as four years old an introduction to golf, with more than
2,500 children having benefited from the Foundation since its
inception in 2013.
Gallacher said: "Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is a special place for
me and my family. We have been staying at the hotel in the same
room for years and it is a real honour to now have my name on the
door. It's actually quite humbling when you have a look around the
hotel and see some of the legendary names of the other suites
including Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo so it's a real treat for
"The view from the hotel is the best in golf - hopefully this
gesture by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts will bring me a wee bit
of luck every time I come to St Andrews!"
This announcement follows news that planning permission has been
given for a £7m extension to the hotel, which will include 44 new
suites, a rooftop restaurant for 145 diners, bar and terrace, as
well as glass-fronted suites allowing visitors to witness up-close
the grandeur of golf's most historic course. The design has been
chosen to carefully blend the iconic location with the most
luxuriously-appointed accommodation, additions which the company is
confident will achieve '5 Red Star' status for Macdonald Rusacks
Hotel. Work is anticipated to begin during 2016.