A £7 million luxury development planned for St Andrews which officials say will overlook the “most famous view in golf” has, this week, been given the go-ahead by Fife Council.
The 44-suite extension to the Rusacks Hotel which will offer spectacular views across the 18th green at The Old Course has been granted planning permission.
The 128-year-old venue will be kitted out with glass-fronted suites, as well as a rooftop restaurant, bar and 1,050 sq ft terrace, now that parent company Macdonald Hotels has been given the green light.
Its 44 suites will range from 350 to 475sq ft and the restaurant, which McDonalds Hotels says will build on the success of the 3 AA Rosette ‘Rocca’ restaurant operated by Adrian and Susan Pieraccini, will seat up to 145 diners.
Deputy chairman Gordon Fraser said: “This is a tremendously positive announcement for our company and for St Andrews. It 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 economy.
“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 sensitivity.
“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 golf’.
“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 luxuriously-appointed accommodation.
“We’ll now enter the next stages of the planning process and anticipate beginning work during 2016.”
Stephen Gallacher, member of the winning 2014 European Ryder Cup Team and golf ambassador for Macdonald Hotels, added: “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 world.”