St Andrews hotel plans ‘walk of fame’ to honour Open winners at home of golf
Sitting beside the Old Course, the Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews has seen some of the world's finest golfers come and go during The Open - and now it intends to honour them.
The owners of the hotel, which first opened in 1887, have tabled plans to create a "walk of fame" to honour those who have won The Open Championship at the self-professed "Home of Golf".
Forming a small pavement extending out from the 42,000-square-foot extension to the hotel currently under construction, the walkway will honour all previous winners of the championship at The Old Course - with room for more winners in the future.
Each plaque will be produced in bronze by Nairn firm Black Isle Bronze, with victors' names surrounded by a hexagonal pattern reminiscent of the dimples on a golf ball.
"The plaques are to celebrate and commemorate the past 29 winners of The Open at The Old Course," a statement prepared on behalf of the Rusacks read.
"In special recognition of 2022 being the 150th anniversary of the Championship, a special plaque will honour the 150th winner.
"Future Open winners at The Old Course will have plaques installed to celebrate their victories."
The pavement will create a walkway on The Links, which is largely bereft of pedestrian-friendly paths. While the hotel has listened to council roads officers' concerns about safety, they say any pavement is better than none at all, even with the influx of tourists the walk of fame will encourage.
"It is worth emphasising that there is currently no footpath whatsoever along The Links and therefore its introduction with or without the plaques can only improve pedestrian safety," the hotel's representatives added.
Fife Council is expected to make a decision on the planning application sometime in early May.
In all, 25 golfers have taken victory at the Open in St Andrews, which has hosted the tournament 29 times. Winners range from modern day legends such as Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to pioneers such as John Henry Taylor and Fife's own James Braid.
Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the tournament, and it will be held at The Old Course.