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18th Hole at St Andrews property for sale
August 17, 2011

An apartment which offers probably the most stunning view in the golfing world is to be launched onto the market for offers over £1.75million.

A double upper apartment with grandstand views over the 18 th green of the Old Course at St Andrews sits on The Links, one of the best residential addresses in sport, and offers an extraordinarily rare opportunity to buyers from all over the world.

The last home to be sold on The Links, which changed hands last year, became the priciest property per square foot in Scotland . The sum equated to at least £1,350 per sq ft, putting it among the most expensive real estate markets in the world, such as London and Monaco .

Further along the road, luxury apartments in the Hamilton Grand, a former St Andrews University halls of residence being redeveloped by American billionaire Herb Kohler, start from £1.35million - for a property without a view of the Old Course.

The premiums of properties on the edge of the course are due to the view, the location, the history and the tradition of the Old Course, which is among the most famous in the world, and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Every golfer wants to play here and every fan wants to see it: the prospect of being able to take advantage of a year-round grandstand view would be the envy of most.

The Old Course has hosted the Open Championship more times than any other and is the only course to host it every five years. While members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club may enjoy a good view of the championship from the revered clubhouse, the uninterrupted views from the bay-windowed sitting room of 14 The Links are arguably even better.

Not only will the new owners of the apartment be able to watch their heroes both start and finish the Open and other majors on the world-renowned course but the views stretch beyond the course to West Bay , used in the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire as the British Olympic team run along the beach. Nowadays it is used by rugby, cricket and lacrosse teams training on the sand as well as being a popular location for sand-yachting, kitesurfing and horse riding.

The Forster family, who bought the three-bedroom property in 1954, have spent decades watching golfing greats, such as Jack Nicklaus and the late Seve Ballesteros, tread the hallowed ground beneath their window. They have spectacular views over some of golf's most iconic landmarks such as the Swilcan Bridge and the Valley of Sin - the scene of many a prospective champion's undoing.

They are also accustomed to seeing celebrities from Sean Connery and Mel Gibson to Michael Douglas and Hugh Grant test their skills on the ancient fairway at the "Home of Golf".

Owner Dotty Kennedy said: "We've watched every Open held here since 1958 but even when there is no championship this apartment offers staggering views. When Mum and Dad (Muriel and Binks Forster) lived there it was the only full-time residence with access from the Links, rather than from the back, which is pretty special.

"Dad knew every nuance of the Green. He was known as Binks on the Links and he could see where people were going to go wrong before they knew it themselves. He would always look out for us coming back after a round as well. Even now, I still look up and expect to see him."

Andrew Smith, a keen golfer and the partner handling the sale for Strutt & Parker, said: "Having sold property throughout Scotland for more than 20 years, 14 The Links undoubtedly offers the finest view of any home I have seen. It is a truly remarkable, magical and special spot, redolent with history and tradition."

For more information please contact Strutt & Parker's Edinburgh office on 0131 226 2500.

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