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US tycoon set to restore St Andrews landmark

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Hamilton Hall, one of the most iconic buildings at St Andrews Golf Course which famously appeared in the film Chariots of Fire, has been bought by American tycoon Herb Kohler.

Kohler Company, which also sells kitchen and bathroom products, will conduct a public consultation process over ‘the next few months’ to determine the nature of the building’s restoration.

Despite the inside of the building being described as ‘little more than rubble’, the Kohler Company intends to return Hamilton Hall to its former glory.

In a statement on the company’s website Mr Kohler indicated that the building, which began life as the Grand Hotel in 1895, could include private and private dining and a concierge and valet service.

The iconic landmark overlooks the final hole and fairway of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s Old Course, and has become one of the most recognisable features of the world famous site.

It is not known how much the property was bought for following a ‘competitive bidding process’ conducted by Jones Lang La Salle and the Bank of Scotland.

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