‘The ultimate 19th hole’: A sweet rooftop bar is coming to the Old Course at St. Andrews

November 19, 2019

The Home of Golf is getting a new home of the party — right across the street.

A U.S.-based investment firm, AJ Capital Partners, announced plans today to renovate the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, located just feet from the Old Course at St. Andrews.

As part of the renovation, AJ Capital is planning to build a 3,000-sq. ft. rooftop bar overlooking the Old Course’s historic 18th hole.

“St Andrews is one of the most iconic destinations in the world, and our team is honored to embark upon bringing our unique approach to hospitality to this incredibly historic and inspiring community,” AJ Capital CEO Ben Weprin said in a release.

A great new 19th hole is coming to the Home of Golf.
A great new 19th hole is coming to the Home of Golf.
Getty Images

Once completed, golfers will be able to enjoy a pint from an unmatched vantage point of arguably the most recognizable vista in golf, with historic Swilcan Bridge sitting in the backdrop of the Old Course’s finishing hole.

In addition to the bar, 44 rooms will be added to the hotel, while the existing 70 rooms and restaurant facilities will also be upgraded. The renovations pay homage to St. Andrews and the Old Course’s legendary designer, Old Tom Morris.

The project is expected to be finished in time for the 150th Open Championship at the Old Course in July 2021.

“We look forward to creating an experience for both guests and locals alike that celebrates and commemorates St. Andrews’ storied past for years to come,” Weprin said.

To receive GOLF’s all-new newsletters, subscribe for free here.