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01/2011Hamilton Grand Fact Sheet

The Concept / Overview:

With its distinctive bell-shaped dome, Hamilton Grand is the second most photographed building in the world of golf and is one of the most famous landmarks in St Andrews having featured in the film Chariots of Fire. Kohler Company is dedicated to sensitively restoring this historic icon to its traditional Victorian grandeur as it is transformed into a collection of 26 homes of distinction – two, three and four bedroom apartments ranging in size from 1,133 to 2,780 square feet. Additionally, this magnificent building will feature a private lounge for residents, a stylish restaurant and bar and a private function suite.

With an unparalleled location that is utterly unique; set by the 18th green and fairway of the world’s most famous golf course, with views down West Sands Beach out to the North Sea, whilst sitting adjacent to the revered 255-year old Royal & Ancient Golf Club, Hamilton Grand is set to be the ultimate residential experience and a golfer’s dream.

The History of Hamilton Grand:

More than a century ago, Thomas Hamilton is said to have commissioned a masterpiece immediately after the Royal and Ancient Golf Club rejected his membership application. In an attempt to channel his outrage, Hamilton set out to eclipse the Royal and Ancient by constructing a larger, more extravagant building adjacent to it.

In 1895 the Grand Hotel was launched, a decadent retreat by the 18th hole of the revered Old Course. Built of red sandstone, the Grand Hotel created something of a sensation, bringing a splash of colour to “The Auld Grey Toon”. During this time, the Old Course was sorely pressed for tee times and the size and scale of St Andrews’ newest building prompted the R&A to build the New Course, which in turn encouraged the Town Council to promote the Links Act and gain title to the links - ensuring unparalleled access to world-class golf for all. 

From its opening the hotel quickly rose to stardom. It was the first building in Scotland to have a pneumatic elevator running between the seven floors and hot and cold water running in every room, setting the benchmark for the ultimate in luxurious hospitality. Of the £80,000 invested in construction, £20,000 was spent on ‘furnishings and decor’ – it was indeed a Grand Hotel in scale as well as in style. It played host to Royalty – the then Prince of Wales (later Kind Edward VIII) enjoyed exclusive use of the building – plus many famous names such as Mary Astor, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudyard Kipling and Bing Crosby, and housed the US Walker and Curtis Cup Teams as well as every major player competing in The Open Championship.

Although the first Great War passed it by, the Second World War saw the Air Ministry requisition the Grand Hotel, transforming the landmark into training headquarters for the Royal Air Force. The Grand was never to host high society again.

Shortly after the War, the University of St Andrews acquired the building and opened it as a dormitory under the name Hamilton Hall, after the Duke of Hamilton – then Chancellor of the University. For 56 years, it faithfully served St Andrews’ student body.

Following the Hall’s closure in 2005, the building was acquired in 2009 by Kohler Co, the owner of the neighbouring Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa. Within weeks of purchasing Hamilton Hall, Mr Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO, hosted a two-day consultation process inviting the people of St Andrews to hear about the exciting restoration plans. The building was renamed “Hamilton Grand” in memory of its rich history and was cleaned up and presented with an acceptable face for the Open championship in July 2010.

The Developer:Kohler Co. www.akohlerexperience.com

Founded in 1873, Kohler Co. is currently one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in the United States. The company has built its success across a broad base of business interests including kitchen and bathroom fitments, furniture and tile, engines and generator systems, plus hospitality and world-class golf destinations. 

Mr Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., is the current Chairman and CEO of the company and remains the prime driving force behind the company’s mission “to improve the level of gracious living for all persons touched by its products and services.” Mr Kohler carries a particular love and passion for St Andrews and Scotland and is an avid fan of the game of golf.

Included in Kohler’s renovation profile is The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, which opened in 1918 as a dormitory for immigrant factory workers.  The property was restored and reopened as a resort hotel in 1981, and today stands as the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel, recognition it has earned for 25 consecutive years. The American Club is included on a list of Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

The company also restored Riverbend, an estate home constructed in 1923 by Walter J. Kohler, then Governor of Wisconsin and President of Kohler Co. It was considered one of the 40 great mansions of North America. In 2001, Kohler Co. refurbished the estate and re-opened it with 31 rooms and its own spa as an exclusive private membership club.

Interior Design: by Jack Reese


Jack “JJ” Reese is the lead interior designer working on Hamilton Grand, golf’s most iconic and photographed building in St. Andrews, Scotland. Hamilton Grand, purchased by Kohler Co. in late 2009, will be transformed into 26 luxury residences overlooking the 18th hole on the Old Course, The West Sands Beach and the Bay of St. Andrews.

An artistic visionary, Reese boasts more than 30 years experience in the Professional Design Industry. Having applied his talents in the areas of interior design, exhibit design, automotive, yacht interiors, home entertainment complexes and residential architecture, Reese’s projects have spanned the Globe – from New York, Chicago and Miami to French Polynesia, Beirut and Abu Dhabi.

Born in the Nebraska, Reese spent his formative years on the West Coast. He remained in California for college, where he studiedIndustrial Design (primarily Automobile Design) at the prestigious Art Center College of Design and earned a Bachelor of Science.

Since joining Kohler Co. in 2008, Reese has had the opportunity to leave his mark on many of the Kohler signature properties, such as The American Club, the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond Resort, Cucina Italian Restaurant and Kohler Waters Spa.

The next historic Kohler property Reese will focus on is Hamilton Grand, the iconic sandstone brick building that was once The Grand Hotel, a premier destination that accommodated royalty, famous golfers and Hollywood stars alike. Reese will use is his fine-tuned talents in illustrative imagery, aesthetics and historical interior design knowledge to bring Hamilton Grand, built in 1895, to new life.

Prior to joining Kohler Co., Reese was principal of his own Atelier, where he concentrated on conceptual and visionary design, excelling in hand-drawn illustrations to “illustrate” his ideas to clients. His past clientele includes celebrities, recording artists, key industrialists and major investment entrepreneurs.

Taking inspiration from his favorite designers such as Billy Haines, Dorothy Draper, Alberto Pinto “and of course Ralph Lauren,” Reese considers his signature style Theatrical Renaissance. Appreciating interior design history and its impact on cultural aesthetics, Reese also seeks inspiration from silent movies where he studies the illustrious set designers, Cedric Gibbon and Josef Urban. Signature details of Reese’s work include multi-layering of textiles, fabrics and finishes, nuances in architectural detailing and a sophisticated blend of furniture styles, including unique pairings of contemporary and classic period pieces.

Examples of Reese’s collaborative work has been published in such periodicals as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Audio Video Interiors, Chicago Tribune and Naples Illustrated.

Reese resides in Wisconsin and his other passions include his Dachshund, film noir and vintage automobiles. Given his love for cars, it’s only fitting that one of his favourite phrases comes from a vintage Ferrari advertisement - “What can be conceived can be created.”

Living at Hamilton Grand:

  • Residence details: Hamilton Grand will be transformed into 26 luxury apartments including a penthouse with a private balcony that boasts a 360-degree view. All apartments will feature individual characteristics that have been painstakingly preserved from the original building.
  • Prices start at £1.35 million.

Apartments

Number

Size sq ft

2 bed

22

1,33 – 1,417

3 bed

1

2,477

4 bed 3 2,399 – 2,780

 

Floor plans can be downloaded at: www.HamiltonGrand.co.uk

Facilities on offer: public areas:

  • Grill Restaurant and Bar a lively venue offering outstanding Scottish cuisine that showcases local, fresh ingredients. The restaurant will be open to locals as well as residents, and the Bar will offer beautiful views of St Andrews – simply the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine, a rare malt whisky or a pint of local beer.
  • The Meeting Room – a beautiful room that offers an intimate space for small groups (accommodating up to 20 people) to gather for business meetings or special events. This room will be equipped with the latest business conferencing facilities, presentation boards and screens, with a Concierge on hand to ensure the slickest of affairs. The Meeting Room is available to hire for all Hamilton Grand residents, guests at the Old Course Hotel and external customers.

Private Living Space:

  • Members’ Library – located on the ground floor, The Library is a private space and relaxing haven for residents. The Library will be filled with historic gems including books and references to days gone by in St Andrews. A Private Butler will personally assist to all needs and Concierge Services can be arranged from the Library.

 

  • Italian Garden – a beautiful landscaped Italian garden will be located in the central courtyard of the building.  A peaceful haven for guests to enjoy a fine malt and a cigar at dusk or a chilled glass of wine basking in the summer sunshine.

Residents Benefits:

It goes without saying that Hamilton Grand Residents will experience the very best of Scottish hospitality including a golf concierge and complimentary butler service, plus transportation to the amenities at the award-winning Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa including The Duke's, Kohler Waters Spa and four diverse dining experiences.

 

The Duke’s Course:

Enjoy golf at The Duke's - a heathland masterpiece that is ranked as one of the Top 100 Courses in the UK by Golf World Magazine.  This multi award-winning course, owned by the Old Course Hotel, is located high above the ancient town of St Andrews and provides a truly inspirational game with its emerald fairways, windswept bunkers and welcoming Club House with unrivalled views of"The Auld Grey Toon" and the North Sea.


Kohler Waters Spa:

Kohler Waters Spa provides a world-class experience with the highest levels of personalised care. Located at the Old Course Hotel, Kohler Waters Spa offers a truly tantalising range of innovative treatments, in keeping with the philosophy of Kohler Waters Spa experiences to promote wellbeing and relaxation using the healing properties of earth’s natural, mineral-rich waters.  Enjoy the outstanding facilities on offer at the Spa including the 20-metre swimming pool, hydrotherapy suite, fitness suite and fabulous rooftop hot tub.

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa:

With its unique location on the world’s most famous golf course, outstanding dining, and the utmost attention-to-detail, Scotland’s award-winning five-star resort, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, is the ultimate hotel experience.

From a magnificent epicurean experience at the Road Hole Restaurant to an award-winning afternoon tea, the Old Course Hotel offers a wonderful collection of unique dining and drinking experiences.

The Road Hole Restaurant – a truly outstanding dining experience - boasts dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows which capture the picture-postcard views of the Old Course, while Sands Grill offers delicious cuisine in a stylish setting.

Whisky aficionados around the globe flock to the award-winning Road Hole Bar to sample the stunning selection of 200 whiskies, while the ladies savour sundowners on the Roof Top Deck during the summer months.

The Jigger Inn is fondly referred to as the ‘town’s best 19th hole’ for its cosy ambience and excellent selection of ales and is much loved by the many locals, as well as celebrities, who visit.

Afternoon Tea at the Old Course Hotel is a world-class affair, with the world’s most famous golf course serving as a truly unique backdrop. 

The resort also welcomes children and is famous for its award-winning Luxury Kids Programme which includes a delicious range of children’s menus featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. 

Annual Links Golf Ticket (as advised by the Links Trust)
Permanent residents of the Town of St Andrews may apply for residents’ yearly golf tickets. Only persons permanently resident within the boundaries (St Andrews local area plan 1996) and legally entitled to vote at the permanent address within the boundaries may purchase resident yearly tickets and proof of entitlement must be produced. Applicants must provide sufficient and acceptable proof of permanent residence within St Andrews. Additional evidence may be requested by the Links trust in determining questions of residence and the decision of the trustees shall be final.

The Residential Offering at Hamilton Grand – at a glance:

  • Apartments can be delivered fully furnished or as a “White Box” meaning that you would be responsible for the design. As a standard however, the flooring, bathrooms (Kohler products throughout), cabinetry and built-in closets, kitchen appliances, surfaces and electrical components are included in the “White Box’ option available to all.
  • Fully furnished residences would include options such as furniture, accessories, window treatment, decorative lighting, TV and entertainment systems as well as all operational supplies and equipment
  • Home Owner Annual Dues: these will differ depending on whether or not the residence is unfurnished or furnished (costs TBC). Residences are refurbished every 10 years if part of a rental programme.
  • Rental programme available: residences may only be rented by the Management Company (no third party rentals allowed). The revenue sharing formula is Gross Rental Revenue less 10% marketing, sales and admin fees = remaining revenue split; 50 % to owner and 50% to management company.
  • Rental programme criteria: You may place your residence into the rental pool at any interval you desire providing you give seven days notice. You may also remove your residence from the rental pool at any time but must honour any reservations currently on the books.
  • Usage of the residences: the management company takes occupancy of the residence for two weeks each year in order to perform annual preventative maintenance on the units. It is recommended that the two weeks occur between 1st January and 31st March, at dates to be agreed with you.
  • Hamilton Grand Concierge (extra costs)
    • Daily / weekly housekeeping
    • Turndown services
    • Food and Beverage services
    • Shopping services, grocery services etc
    • Laundry and cleaning services
    • Shuttle / transfer services (to the airport, train station etc)
    • Babysitting services
    • Maintenance and Repair services
    • Local Activities (booking theatre tickets, restaurant reservations, horse riding, guided walks in the highlands etc)

 

The LEGAL PROCESS:

      • Future transfer of rights in a residence must be through the management company
      • 10% deposit upon reservation, 40% at drywall, remaining 50% on certificate of occupancy
      • 99 year occupancy arrangements available

 

The Home of Golf, St Andrews:

St Andrews is rightly known as the “home of golf” with players descending on the town from as early as 1400 AD. Despite the varying accounts of how golf became the game we know now, the most widely accepted is that it originated in Scotland around the 12th century, specifically on the current site of the Old Course in St Andrews. It is thought that shepherds used their crooks to knock stones into rabbit holes, creating a game that evolved into what we know as golf.

The historic town is now home to 11 courses in total - seven of championship class – and a world-class golf academy, as well as the Royal and Ancient which sets the rules of golf worldwide.

There are more courses per capita in Scotland than anywhere else in the world and St Andrews is very accessible to a clutch of world-famous courses throughout the Kingdom of Fife and other well-known Scottish gems such as Carnoustie, Muirfield and Gullane. Within the town itself the tough tests of the Old, New and Jubilee courses are within walking distance of Hamilton Grand.

St Andrews – The Lifestyle:

St Andrews, an iconic destination, is one of Scotland’s most ancient towns, dating back to the 12th century. It is a seaside resort, the birthplace of golf and is home to Scotland’s oldest university.

While St Andrews may be recognised the world over as “The Home of Golf”, there’s more to this exceptional town than just golf, for this is one of the world’s most special places…a town steeped in history and tradition whilst offering a truly exhilarating and uniquely Scottish adventure.

Some of the more popular activities include horseback strolls along West Sands Beach, kite-surfing on the North Sea, seal spotting in the sand dunes, historic tours to discover St Andrews University, Castle and Cathedral, and shopping along the high street which combines antique hunting with unusual gift shops and high-end fashion boutiques. The Fife coastal path takes in 135 kilometers of stunning coastline; and the award-winning West Sands Beach is a vast expanse of glittering, white sand and just a short walk from Hamilton Grand.

This world-class town is just over an hour’s drive from Scotland’s capital city, with Edinburgh International Airport within a 60-minute reach, while Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, with its Victorian architecture and traditional welcoming embrace, is only 90 minutes away. Dundee Airport, situated only 20 minutes from St Andrews, is connected with major airports in the UK including London City, and helicopter access is also available.

 

UK SALES ENQUIRIES:

Reservations are now being taken hamiltongrand@kohler.com
or
Savills London
57 Berkeley Square
London W1J 6ER
Tel: + (44) 207 016 3740
www.HamiltonGrand.co.uk

Media Contacts

International, UK & Scotland

Helen Parker
Director of Sales, Marketing and Real Estate
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
St Andrews
Kingdom of Fife
Scotland, UK
KY169SP
T: 01334 474371
Email: helen.parker@oldcoursehotel.co.uk

United States

Todd Weber
Communications Director, Public Relations
Kohler Co.
T: 920-457-4441, x72707
Email: todd.weber@kohler.com

Leslie Stachowiak
Senior Communications Specialist, Public Relations
Kohler Co.
T: 920-457-4441, x70468
Email: leslie.stachowiak@kohler.com