Hamilton Grand – St. Andrews, Scotland
THE MOST COVETED ADDRESS IN GOLF
St Andrews is recognized worldwide as the home of golf and few get the chance to call the “home of golf” their own. Hamilton Grand provides that unique opportunity – to own a residence that is witness to golf history and the many memories yet to come in front of this distinctive residence. Standing alongside The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, Hamilton Grand is the second most photographed building in golf. Yet for those who make it their home, it is not so much the view toward the building that matters, but the view from it. Step onto the sensational roof terrace and you understand why. In 2015, The Open Championship returns to St Andrews, and residents will have an unrivaled position looking out over the 18th green, the entire St Andrews links and the beautiful West Sands Beach. The panoramic view takes your breath away.
HAMILTON GRAND TODAY
With an unparalleled location set alongside the 18th green of the world’s most famous golf course, the Old Course, Hamilton Grand comprises 26 homes of distinction – two, three, and four- bedroom residences, providing truly exhilarating and uniquely Scottish experiences.
- Residences ranging from 1053 to 1702 square feet
- Private lounge for owners and an exclusive 6th-floor terrace with stunning views over the West Sands Beach, North Sea, and 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th fairways of the Old Course
- Paces away from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club
- Directly adjacent to Hams Hame – a pub and grill offering Scottish cuisine that showcases the finest seafood from the harbors of the East Neuk’s fishing villages to a variety of beef, lamb, poultry, seasonal fruits and vegetables chosen for their flavor from farms across Scotland
- Membership to Kohler Waters Spa and Fitness Centre at the Old Course Hotel
- Links ticket application providing immediate access to the Old Course and six other courses in the Links Trust for residents staying in St Andrews for six months or more
- Concierge and doorman services
DESIGNED TO BE EXTRAORDINARY
Kohler Co. has sensitively restored this great building to its former grandeur. Residences are individually designed with architectural features such as high ceilings, arched windows, columns and private balconies – many with views over the 18th hole of the Old Course. These residences are finished with painted wood trim and walls, KOHLER® sanitary ware and taps, kitchen with natural stone counter tops, stained wood cabinets and appliances. The building is managed by the Old Course Hotel. Residents will benefit from priority services at the spa and dining at the hotel as well as butler service, valet parking, private chefs and full housekeeping services.
PART OF THE SCOTTISH FAMILY
Hamilton Grand residents enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality including access to all of the amenities at the award-winning five Red Star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, including complimentary membership at the resort’s Kohler Waters Spa and Fitness Centre. The Duke’s at St Andrews is set in a spectacular location. It is positioned by Golf World in the U.K.’s “Top 100” and highly regarded as one of the finest heathland championship courses in the U.K
REJUVENATE AND RELAX IN SPA HEAVEN
Kohler Waters Spa, located in the hotel, offers a truly tantalizing range of innovative treatments – keeping with the philosophy of Kohler Waters Spa to promote well-being and relaxation using the healing properties of earth’s natural, mineral-rich waters. Residents can enjoy the outstanding facilities including a full-service fitness centre, 11 luxuriously appointed treatment rooms, a 20 meter swimming pool, thermal suite – complete with hydrotherapy pool, sauna and Japanese steam room – as well as a fabulous rooftop hot tub.
VARIETY OF FINE DINING
The resort offers a mouthwatering array of dining opportunities. The 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant commands an unrivaled position high on the hotel’s fourth floor. Alongside is the iconic Road Hole Bar, boasting more than 250 whiskies. Sands Grill is a contemporary brasserie specializing in local seafood and steak. The Jigger Inn is the most famous 19th hole in golf. The Duke’s Clubhouse provides a fabulous seasonal menu. Hams Hame – a pub and restaurant beneath Hamilton Grand – offers outstanding menus focused on the freshest Scottish produce. The award-winning hospitality that is customary at the resort – butler service, valet parking, golf concierge, private chefs and full housekeeping services – is available to residents.
A VISION REALIZED
In 1895 Thomas Hamilton realized his dream to create Scotland’s most luxurious hotel. He opened the 100-bedroomed Grand Hotel, the first hotel in Scotland to boast hot and cold running water in each bedroom, and the first with an elevator. The size and scale of The Grand Hotel prompted The Royal and Ancient Golf Club to build the New Course. That, in turn, encouraged the Town Council to promote the Links Act of Parliament, ensuring unparalleled access to world-class golf for all, forever. The hotel was built on the site of the Union Parlour, the very first golfers’ club. When it opened its doors, it wooed and wowed visitors. Royalty, politicians, presidents, the earliest Hollywood stars and many Open Champions all made their home at The Grand . . . from its opening, right the way through the first half of the twentieth century. The property’s fortunes changed when requisitioned by the Air Ministry in the Second World War as a home for pilots. After the war, The Grand’s glory days seemed at an end. The University of St Andrews converted it into Hamilton Hall – providing student accommodations. And so it stayed – for 56 years – until it was sold to a property developer in 2005. Four years later, it had laid empty and fallen into a desperate state of disrepair. Rainwater poured through the roof. Broken windows offered no protection against the Scottish weather. Floors and ceilings had collapsed throughout the building. In 2009 the journey to return “The Grand” to its former glory began.
Kohler Co., one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, bought “Hamilton Hall” in 2009. It has an award-winning reputation for restoring property and owns the five Red-Star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa. Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Chairman and CEO, remains the driving force behind the company’s mission “to improve the level of gracious living for all persons touched by its products and services.” He has a passion for golf and St Andrews. A year of consultation and planning was followed by three years of painstaking redevelopment and refurbishment – salvaging and reusing key elements of Thomas Hamilton’s original Victorian masterpiece. This iconic red sandstone building – with its distinctive bell-shaped dome – has provided the backdrop to some of the most famous moments in golf history – from Arthur James Balfour, future British Prime Minister, “playing in” as The Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s Captain in 1894 to Seve’s great birdie putt to win the 1984 Open Championship. Step inside and the thousands of man-hours dedicated to its restoration are immediately apparent. Exquisite furnishings and finishes combine with an unrivaled attention to detail – from the entrance lobby where you are welcomed by the resident butler to the lounge complete with baby grand, sumptuous furnishings and golfing memorabilia. A beautiful landscaped garden is located in the central courtyard, providing a peaceful haven.
DESTINATION ST ANDREWS
There are more golf courses per person in Scotland than anywhere else in the world. St Andrews is home to 11 in total – 7 of Championship class – a world-renowned golf academy, as well as The Royal and Ancient Golf Club that sets the rules of golf worldwide. The Old, New, Jubilee and Eden courses can all be seen from Hamilton Grand. A short drive away, you will discover a clutch of world-famous courses throughout the Kingdom of Fife and well known Scottish gems such as Carnoustie, Muirfield, Gullane and, of course, Gleneagles – host of the 2014 Ryder Cup. St Andrews is an iconic destination. One of Scotland’s most ancient towns, dating from the 12th century, it is the birthplace of golf, home to Scotland’s oldest university and a much-loved seaside resort. Early morning jogs or romantic evening strolls along the iconic West Sands Beach, as well as kite surfing and kite-flying, are all popular pastimes. Take a historic tour to discover St Andrews – the University, the Castle and Cathedral. Shopping along High Street combines antique hunting with unusual gift shops as well as high-end fashion boutiques and an array of food and drink specialties. An abundance of country pursuits are close by including salmon fishing on the River Tay. The Kingdom of Fife coastal path takes in over 80 miles of stunning coastline including the award- winning West Sands Beach – a vast expanse of glittering white sand that is just a short walk from Hamilton Grand.
CONVENIENT ACCESS TO YOUR ST ANDREWS HOME
St Andrews is just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, and 90 minutes from Glasgow. Both have international airports. Dundee, home to an exceptional redevelopment of its waterfront to include the V&A, is 20 minutes from St Andrews. Its airport connects with London City. Rail links from nearby Leuchars Station connect with all major destinations across the U.K. The Caledonian Sleeper provides a nightly service to and from London. An airfield affording private jet access is 10 minutes from St Andrews. Helicopter and amphibious transfers are available by arrangement.
To discuss the unique opportunity to by a residence at Hamilton Grand, contact The Agency’s Kathrin Nicholson, Director, Residential Estates at 424.231.0751.