£1.75m house in middle of Home of Golf for sale


THE ULTIMATE golf-lover’s retreat has come on the market – right in the middle of the most famous course in the world.

A home built on the road which cuts across St Andrew’s Old Course has been put up for sale – available to any diehard golfer with £1.75m to spare.

19 Pilmour Links sits on the corner of Granny Clark’s Wynd – the single track lane that cuts across the 1st and 18th fairways of the course dubbed “the home of golf.”

Golfing giants teeing off on the first and last holes as they battle for the Open Championship title regularly have to drive shots over the road, which leads right up to the doorstep of the home.

Built in 1826, there are even sketches showing the home as the first and only house overlooking the Links when golf was first played on the site- making it the original golf-fanatic’s retreat.

The house viewed from the course
The house viewed from the course


The pricey home touted as the “ideal golfer’s retreat” came on the market earlier this week – available for offers over £1.75m.

The refurbished Georgian house boasts four bedroom suites, a library and its very own golf club store.

It also features coveted private parking in St Andrew’s town centre and a home cinema – although views from the north-facing windows provide a better vantage point for golf fans.

The windows look out over the opening and closing holes – providing a panoramic view of the most crucial sections of the Old Course.

Parts of the course can even be viewed from the bath.

Its many windows look out over the course
Its many windows look out over the course


Built next to The Links – the street dubbed the most expensive in Scotland – the house sits on the corner of Granny Clark’s Wynd, which cuts across the 1st and 18th fairways of St Andrew’s Old Course.

The single-track road is regularly seen on images of Scotland’s world-famous open championship – as golfers have to drive their opening and closing shots over it.

The road runs from the doorstep of number 19 to the nearby West Sands Beach – giving the owner a convenient shortcut through one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world.

The house is believed to have been built in 1826, predating even the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse – the iconic building which houses the ruling authority of golf across the world.

A view from the upstairs windows
A view from the upstairs windows


It was originally built for the Playfair family – becoming the retirement home of famous Scots architect Sir Robert Lambert Playfair.

Playfair designed much of Edinburgh’s New Town as well as the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy, before becoming Consul-General of Algeria.

Savills, the agent representing the home describe it as: “An outstanding modern day family home with high quality fittings and finishings throughout.

“Special features include the first floor drawing room/library with an outlook over the golf course, a luxurious master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms all with dressing areas and their own shower rooms.

“The basement has its own door and has a golf club store, home cinema, laundry and storage rooms.”

Jamie Macnab – the property agent for the listing – said: “The is a big week for St Andrews – with the Dunhill Championship on the course.

“We’re already booking in viewings – as this is a very exciting house.”

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