Call it the Auld Grey Townhouse

George Peper, former editor of <em>Golf Magazine</em>, is selling his stately apartment, which has a view of the Old Course.
Courtesy of George Peper

Every golfer with a sense of history dreams of one day teeing it up at St. Andrews, the Home of Golf. Author and former Golf Magazine editor George Peper did them one better: He made the Home of Golf his actual home. Now, 29 years after he bought it, the quaint apartment in a stone townhouse that’s literally steps from the Old Course’s famed 18th fairway can be yours if the price is right ($2.3 million, give or take).

As he explained in his book, "St. Andrews Sojourn," Peper was playing the iconic links in 1983 when an errant swing sent him on a hunting expedition off the 18th fairway. He never found his ball, but he found something else—a “for sale” sign near a charming townhouse. He and his wife, Libby, soon purchased 9A Gibson Place, with its two cozy bedrooms, drawing room, terrace and—oh, by the way—surreal views of the most famous course in all of Scotland, if not the world. Peper spent many of the next 30 years trying to break par on the Old Course, befriending the famously colorful caddies, and battling the occasional bout of homesickness, which he called “Pre-Masters post-partum syndrome.”

According to Peper, the property is one of only about a dozen private homes along No. 18. It goes on sale Sept. 1. And when his bags are packed once and for all? Said Peper via email, “That will be a very sad day, as Libby and I both dearly love our home and the Auld Grey Toon, but all good things come to an end.”

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