Amazing Views From St Andrews Scotland McDonald Rusacks Hotel

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The Macdonald Rusacks Hotel overlooks the 18th and 1st holes at the Old Course at St Andrews. This couldn’t be a better place to wake up in the morning when you have a 7 am tee off as we did when we played the Old Course at St Andrews during our ultimate guys trip to where the game of golf began.

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If you’d like a quick video walkthrough of the hotel, click on the video below. But a quick warning, the video was taken by a complete amateur and might even make you sick due to the transitions. So watch at your own risk Smile

We arrived after a long drive from South Port, England to St Andrews, Scotland and had a reservation at Roca Grill that evening. But we first had to check in to our rooms and get settled.

The front entrance is on a main street.

Rusacks Hotel Entrance

Parking is in the rear directly next to the 18th fairway at St Andrews.

Driveway to Rusacks Hotel

View of St Andrews 1st Tee from Back Stairs of Rusacks Hotel

There is a small little seating area in the front lobby.

Rusacks Hotel Lobby

Rusacks Hotel Lobby Walkway

We checked in and were on our way, but didn’t get far given the history of this hotel. A quick stop by some of the rooms and we found this mural of some of golf’s greatest players.

Rusacks Hotel Champions Mural

Our dad was “upgraded” to the John Daly room. We were skeptical after seeing the room, but after a quick look out the window, we knew why it was an upgrade.

Rusacks Hotel John Daly Room Entrance

Rusacks Hotel John Daly Room

The view out the window was amazing. It was cool so you could basically keep the windows open all night.

Rusacks Hotel John Daly Room View Out Window

Nice view of St Andrews club house, the 18th fairway and the 1st tee box at St Andrews.

Rusacks Hotel John Daly Room View of St Andrews Club House

My brother and I shared a room. After all, we were there to play golf, not spend time in the room. It was small, cozy and worked for us on this guys trip.

Rusacks Hotel Twin Bed Room

The Roca Grill is a restaurant that overlooks the 18th green, 1st tee and St Andrews Club House. A great setting to kickoff our time in St Andrews.

We started with drinks at the Roca Bar with a St Andrews Happy Hour, but the views aren’t as good as from the restaurant, so we quickly made our way to our table.

Rusacks Hotel Roca Bar

I had made reservations in advance through Top Table (Open Table) through their online booking system and was able to make a request for a table by the window. This view far exceeded our expectations.

Rusacks Hotel View of 18th Green At St Andrews

Rusacks Hotel Rocca Bar Restaurant

The food was very good and the drinks were better. My brother and dad both went with the predictable Filet Mignon but I went with the pappardelle and it was the best.

Rusacks Hotel Roca Bar pappardelle

Rusacks Hotel Grill Happy Hour

You can see how close the Rusacks Hotel is to the St Andrews course from the picture below which I took from the first tee at the St Andrews Old Course.

Rusacks Hotel Lobby From 1st Tee at St Andrews

A view below of St Andrews from the Old Course.

View of St Andrews From The Course

After our round, it was time for a quick bite to eat before we were to head down to Edinburgh for our last night in Scotland and our last happy hour on the guys trip.

We landed on the One Under restaurant and bar which is underneath the Rusacks Hotel in the lower level. Its apparently the place college kids go on a weekend night when school is in session. So you can likely find a good beer and a good price.

Rusacks Hotel One Under Bar Seating

Rusacks Hotel One Under Bar

Overall our stay at the Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews was great. There are likely fancier hotels in town but this one had a few things going for it. A nice restaurant virtually on the course and is close enough to the Old Course that you can walk to your tee time in the morning and walk back to your happy hour in the evening.

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