Mailbag Extra: Where to stay in St. Andrews

By Brandon TuckerJanuary 29, 2014, 5:38 pm

Recently on Morning Drive, Matt Ginella answered viewer travel questions, including best places to stay in St. Andrews. Brandon Tucker chimes in with some more details on staying in the birthplace of golf: 

I've been fortunate enough to stay and play golf in St. Andrews more times than anyone really should before they turn 30, and I've had the pleasure of staying at a different hotel every time. A big reason why St. Andrews is such a great base camp for golf groups is that it's not a large, busy city like nearby Edinburgh, but the town is much more alive all year round compared to smaller Scottish towns like Dornoch or Gullane. You can stay out all night (like Bill Murray has been known to do) with the college kids if you're up for it. Here's where I have stayed -- and I recommend them all:

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Fairmont St. Andrews: Just up the road a couple miles from the town center, Fairmont St. Andrews is the only true golf resort in the area, set on 520 acres with 36 holes onsite, plus a huge practice facility. It has the amenities the smaller hotels in town don't, like a full spa and indoor pool. The two golf courses, both modern links designs, offer a unique perspective of the Medieval skyline.

Old Course Hotel: There are a lot of great hotels in St. Andrews, but only one can boast a property that actually comes into play on the Old Course. I had a balcony room overlooking the 17th fairway for a couple nights. The view is one-of-a-kind (so is the new balcony bar they opened a few years back). This Kohler-operated hotel features 5-star dining and a luxury spa, but what I remember most is the darn good club sandwich I had after my round on the Old Course next door at the Jigger Inn (also run by Kohler).


Guest rooms at the Old Course Hotel have a front row seat to Road Hole action in St. Andrews. 

Macdonald Rusacks Hotel I'll hold Rusacks near and dear to my heart because it was the first hotel I stayed in while in St. Andrews and I was fortunate to get the Young Tom Morris Suite, complete with a balcony overlooking the 18th green. Having a front row seat to the 18th green and first tee (and all the nerves and follies that accompany just an hour of viewing groups from this perch) is special in itself. But it's also a MacDonald Hotel group 4-star hotel with a fantastic breakfast, bar and dining area overlooking the course. The property is also a comfortable, midsize scale compared to the Old Course Hotel and Fairmont St. Andrews.

Six Murray Park: Just a street over from the 18th green is Six Murray Park, a small, very affordable guest house right in the heart of town. I rented a single room in this 9-room, Victorian Townhouse that's been entirely updated inside. My narrow room came with a twin bed, modern furnishings and a hearty Scottish breakfast in the morning. These guest houses are great because of the personalized service. If you have large, budget-conscious group with you, consider renting out a whole guest house like this one rather than occupy a handful rooms at a larger hotel.

As for golf in St. Andrews, you know where to start: the Old Course and Kingsbarns. But a couple area courses that fly a little under the radar but are personal favorites of mine s are the St. Andrews Jubilee Course and Crail's Balcomie Links, while I also really like the scenery and hole variety at the more modern Kittocks Course at Fairmont St. Andrews.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.