The newest 19th hole in the home of golf – the bar and grill at Hamilton Grand – has been named and is now open to the public offering the best of local and Scottish food.

The bar and restaurant, owned and managed by the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, is called as ‘Ham’s Hame’.

Daniel Pereira, general manager at the St Andrews resort, said that there had been well over 100 entries in a special competition for naming the bar.

“The chosen name 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”

The resort is a member of “Food from Fife”, and the first Ham’s Hame menu includes Anster Cheese, Fife berries and mushrooms, Puddledub ham, and local crab.

Hamilton Grand has its origins in the Grand Hotel which was launched in 1895 to provide 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 said that 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 have just been formally launched.

Photographs, courtesy of the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, show the Hamilton Grand building and the view over the Old Course from the roof, and a crab caught in St Andrews Bay.

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