Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

These Grand Apartments Could Suit You to a Tee; One of Golf's Most Iconic Buildings Is Being Turned into 26 Trophy Flats at St Andrews, Home of the Sport, Says CathyHawker

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

These Grand Apartments Could Suit You to a Tee; One of Golf's Most Iconic Buildings Is Being Turned into 26 Trophy Flats at St Andrews, Home of the Sport, Says CathyHawker

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Byline: CathyHawker

THE royal romance of the moment began in St Andrews, a town perched on Scotland's east coast an hour north of Edinburgh: 10 years ago at St Andrews University, Prince William met Kate Middleton.

St Andrews will always hold fond memories for our future king but it is better known globally as the home of golf. This is where golf was first played and the small town has 10 courses with a further 20 within half an hour. The most famous, The Old Course, is a regular host of the Open Championship, and year-round thousands of golfers make the pilgrimage to play on the same course as Tiger Woods.

Those golfers can now buy a view over the hallowed 18th green as one of St Andrews' most iconic buildings comes up for sale. Hamilton Grand is the large sandstone edifice clearly visible as golfers hit for home, its vivid red a marked contrast to the grey stone of most of the ancient town. Over the next 18 months the seafront building will be refurbished to provide 26 two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments priced from [pounds sterling]1.35 million for 1,133 sq ft.

Hamilton Grand was built by Thomas Hamilton in 1895 in a fit of pique when his membership application to The Royal & Ancient Golf Club was rejected. He set out to build a hotel to eclipse the adjacent R&A Clubhouse and his Grand Hotel certainly did that. Notable guests included Edward VIII, Rudyard Kipling and Bing Crosby.

After 56 years as university accommodation, the building was empty until 2009 when American Herbert Kohler bought it. He is CEO of one of America's largest privately owned companies and already owns St Andrews' prestigious Old Course Hotel and Duke's Golf Course. A keen golfer, Kohler has had success restoring historic buildings in America. The builders have moved in and the first buyers are expected to be in for summer next year.

The apartments are on a 99-year lease and include a 2,780sq ft penthouse with a private balcony, for [pounds sterling]5. …

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