0 Have your say He is the world’s bestselling author, regularly topping the book charts in the New York Times, and he has an adoring fanbase. But after decades enthralling readers with taut and bloody thrillers, James Patterson is to turn his attention to a Scottish seaside resort for his new book. The 71-year-old is best known for his long-running Alex Cross series, which focuses on a Washington DC detective who brings down a near endless procession of serial killers and would-be terrorists. But in swapping the eastern seaboard of the US for the east coast of Scotland, Patterson intends to focus on one of his great loves – golf. Unlike his usual novels, Miracle At St Andrews promises to be a sedate affair. It is described as a “pilgrimage to the mythical greens” of the town’s Old Course.The novel is centred on Travis McKinley, a former professional golfer who visits the world-renowned links course and discovers a dormant … [Read more...] about World’s bestselling author James Patterson set new novel in St Andrews
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Carl FieldIrish duo Robin Dawson and Conor Purcell were both victorious in the singles yesterday afternoon to help Great Britain and Ireland open up a 7-5 lead over the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy.There was nothing to separate the two sides after the morning foursomes as they were deadlocked at 2-2 at Linna Golf in Finland. Craig Watson’s side then pressed on in the afternoon, winning five of the eight singles contests and means they now require 5½ points today to retain the trophy.“The team played very well,” said captain Watson. “It’s only half-time, the job is only half done. There was a lot of good golf on display on a fantastic golf course. The match will be determined by putting and it all comes down to that. There’s not much difference between the teams, we just managed to hole more putts. Everybody contributed and I don’t think there will be any changes for tomorrow.In the foursomes, Tramore’s Flogas Irish … [Read more...] about Great Britain & Ireland in St Andrews ascendancy on mixed day for Irish players
Donald Trump spent more than three years trying to establish a “landmark” hotel at the world-famous home of golf, making at least four failed offers for one of Scotland’s showpiece properties, a Scotland on Sunday investigation can reveal. The US president and his children held high-level talks with senior Scottish banking executives to try and take over Hamilton Hall in St Andrews, one of the most prized venues in world golf, which is now home to some of Scotland’s most expensive properties. However, Trump was repeatedly rebuffed in his attempts to secure financing for what would have been his first international hotel venture. The 71-year-old offered to pay as much as £23m to secure the grand 19th century building overlooking the Old Course’s 18th green. But he insisted on receiving a mortgage and loan totalling £38m, a deal financiers deemed “too risky.” One Bank of Scotland executive who met the property magnate at Trump Tower … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s failed attempts to buy landmark St Andrews hotel
0 Have your say The prestigious status of Hamilton Hall, the grand building overlooking St Andrew’s internationally-famous Old Course, meant that Donald Trump was not the only wealthy, high-profile individual to become associated with the property, even long before it was put up for open auction by the Bank of Scotland. They included Dermot Desmond, the Irish billionaire and biggest single shareholder in Celtic Football Club.READ MORE: US President’s secret bid to buy one of Scotland’s most prestigious propertiesOn 29 August 2007, just four months after Trump held a meeting at Trump Tower with David and Bernie Wasserman and two senior Bank of Scotland executives, Desmond wrote to David Wasserman, thanking him for the opportunity “get involved” in St Andrews Grand, which he described as a “great location.”The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Scotland on Sunday, saw Desmond discuss the ins and outs of a potential purchase … [Read more...] about Donald Trump St Andrews: Who competed against Trump for Hamilton Hall?
0 Have your say Donald Trump tried and failed to convince one of Scotland’s leading banks to provide him with nearly £40m in order to bankroll his attempted purchase of one of the country’s most prestigious properties, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The US president asked the Bank of Scotland for £38m in financing as he tried to establish what would have been his first wholly owned hotel venture outside of the US.READ MORE: Revealed: How Donald Trump tried and failed to buy one of Scotland’s most expensive propertiesThe 71-year-old, whose portfolio of Scotland-based businesses includes the coveted Trump Turnberry hotel and golf course in South Ayrshire and Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, wanted to create a luxury hotel at St Andrews, the home of golf.READ MORE: A history of Hamilton HallThe real estate developer turned politician tried for more than three years to purchase Hamilton Hall, the iconic Victorian sandstone building … [Read more...] about Donald Trump St Andrews: US President’s secret attempts to buy landmark hotel