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Living the golfer’s dream at St Andrews


When it comes to Lotto daydreams for golf nuts, a serious contender for top slot would have to be a luxury pad overlooking the closing hole at the home of golf, St Andrews in Scotland.

Hamilton Grand, the iconic red building located at the back of the 18th green on the Old Course, has been converted into a members’ club with 26 luxury apartments, and they’re clearly targeting “high net worth individuals” with a starting price of €1.5 million for two beds going up to €9 million for the largest (257sq m/2,772sq ft) apartment.

Located beside the hallowed Royal & Ancient Golf Club, Hamilton Grand offers amazing views over one of golf’s most famous holes. For years it had been the Grand Hotel and in latter times had served as halls of residence for students at St Andrews University.

Herbert Kohler, chief of Kohler Co – a US conglomerate with its origins in bathroom sanitary ware that has more recently diversified into hospitality – bought the building in late 2009 and personally oversaw its careful restoration, with the consent of St Andrews locals. The showhouses and members library have been lavishly fitted out, right down to antiquated doorbell pulls and tartan cloth wallpaper. Kohler Co also owns and operates the five-star Old Course Hotel, one of the other great landmarks on the course at St Andrews.