Newest 19th in St Andrews is named
The newest 19th hole in the home of golf – the bar and grill at Hamilton Grand - has been named.
The bar and restaurant, owned and managed by the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, is to be known as 'Ham's Hame'.
The resort ran a competition for people to submit their suggestions – and the winning name was chosen last week ahead of the bar and grill's opening on Thursday.
Resort General Manager, Daniel Pereira, explains: "We had well over 100 entries with some wonderful ideas for the name. The one chosen tips a nod of respect to Thomas Hamilton, the Victorian entrepreneur who built the original Grand Hotel. And 'Hame' is the perfect summing up of exactly what we hope the new bar and grill will become: a home for golfers, caddies and visitors to St Andrews to enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality, food and drink."
In 1895, the Grand Hotel launched, providing the ultimate in luxurious hospitality. It was 'grand' on every scale - the first building in Scotland to have a pneumatic elevator running between the seven floors and hot and cold water running in every room. Of the £80,000 invested in construction, £20,000 was spent on ‘furnishings and decor’. In its day, it played host to Royalty – the then Prince of Wales (later Kind Edward VIII) enjoyed exclusive use of the building – plus many celebrities of the time including Mary Astor, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudyard Kipling and Bing Crosby. It housed the US Walker and Curtis Cup Teams and hosted every major player competing in The Open Championships at the time.
The development of the hotel was instrumental in the game's development. Towards the end of the 19th century, the Old Course was sorely pressed for tee times. The size and scale of St Andrews’ newest hotel 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.
Daniel adds: "History and tradition are in the very fabric of the building. As well as the bar, it has a snug – the 'Parlour' - believed to be on the site of the very first golfers club in St Andrews, the Union Club. So hospitality, celebration and gatherings are at the very heart of Ham's Hame."
Requisitioned by the Royal Air Force in the Second World War, and then more than half-a-century's service as a hall of residence for the University, Hamilton Grand has undergone a two-and-a-half year refurbishment. The new residencies launch officially on July 1st. Ham's Hame is open from today.