PROPERTY WATCH: Hamilton Grand: the dream home for golf enthusiasts
WITH ITS DISTINCTIVE bell-shaped dome, St Andrews’ most prestigious address, Hamilton Grand, has provided the backdrop to some of the most famous moments in golf history. The building has a colourful heritage, starting off life as a 100-bedroom luxury hotel in 1895, the first in Scotland with hot and cold running water in each bedroom. In World War II, it was requisitioned by the Air Ministry as a home for pilots. Today, Hamilton Grand comprises 26 luxury residences set on the 18th hole of The Old Course. For golf enthusiasts, little compares to living on the championship course where the game was invented.
Residents at Hamilton Grand can enjoy unparalleled views of the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, as well as panoramic views over the surrounding countryside all the way to the sea. With a further 10 golf courses in the immediate area and more than 30 within a half-hour’s drive, people travel from all over the world to experience the game in St Andrews.
Designed to seamlessly merge indoor and outdoor living, residences boast high ceilings, arched windows and private balconies. Apartments come furnished with bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets and appliances. Residents of these luxurious two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments benefit from access to the Hamilton Grand’s private lounge and sensational roof terrace, which is the perfect place to watch The Open in 2022. The Open will be the 150th championship and the 30th time that St Andrews has hosted the world’s biggest and most popular golf event.
Golf membership of The Duke’s Course – a championship parkland course – is available to residents for an additional fee. Jonathan Risseeuw, Head of Sales at Hamilton Grand notes: “Out of all sports, golf really lends itself to social distancing, so we’re thrilled that we have been able to enjoy the fairways again.”
The residences are managed by the Old Course Hotel, and residents also benefit from complimentary membership at the resort’s Kohler Waters Spa and Fitness Centre including a 20-metre swimming pool and rooftop hot tub, and priority dining at the hotel as well as butler service, valet parking, private chefs and full housekeeping services.
St Andrews is one of Scotland’s most ancient towns dating from the 12th century with St Andrews Cathedral, which was the centre of Christianity in Scotland for hundreds of years and a pilgrimage destination in medieval times. The town also offers excellent transport links with a train station, good road access from Edinburgh and other destinations, and Leuchars airfield for private jet arrivals.
Apartments at Hamilton Grand are available on a freehold basis, and range in size from 1,053 to 2,779 square feet, starting at £1,050,000 with a rental management programme on offer for residents who would like it.