How a golf le­gend soaked up city’s hos­pi­tal­ity for victory

Ho­gan’s need for a bath saw him for­sake his Carnoustie ho­tel for a cash reg­is­ter maker’s Dundee es­tab­lish­ment

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Graeme stra­chan

It is the Tay­side ho­tel that has taken its place in golf­ing folk­lore.

For­get a room with a view — it was a room with a bath that US golf­ing hero Ben Ho­gan was after when he ar­rived in Tay­side in 1953.

As the clock ticks on the re­turn of the Open to Carnoustie in July, staff at Taypark House on Perth Road, Dundee have been rekin­dling mem­o­ries of their fa­mous vis­i­tor 65 years ago.

Ho­gan trav­elled to An­gus as the short­est priced favourite ever at 6-4 after his suc­cesses ear­lier that sea­son in the Mas­ters at Au­gusta and the US Open at Oak­mont.

And those odds proved well founded as he duly won his third ma­jor cham­pi­onship of the year.

He ar­rived at Carnoustie two weeks early to prac­tice.

How­ever, he al­most went straight back to Amer­ica when he dis­cov­ered there was no en-suite bath­room in his room at the Bruce Ho­tel in Carnoustie.

Back in 1949, Ho­gan and his wife sur­vived a head-on col­li­sion with a

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble story to re­visit ahead of this year’s Open. RICHIE HAWKINS TAYPARK HO­TEL

Grey­hound bus out­side El Paso and he strug­gled to walk fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

He knew if he could not soak his in­jured legs in a bath ev­ery night, he would not be able to com­plete the cham­pi­onship.

As luck would have it, a room with a bath was avail­able in Dundee at Taypark House, which at the time was cash reg­is­ter-maker NCR’S pri­vate guest house.

The staff took him to their hearts, pool­ing their ra­tion coupons to en­sure he had a steak the night be­fore the fi­nal round and putting good luck trin­kets in his golf bag.

The com­pany even gave Ho­gan a chauf­feur to drive him to the course each day.

Richie Hawkins, the ho­tel’s owner, said: “We’re in­cred­i­bly proud Taypark House has a place in Open his­tory thanks to Mr Ho­gan’s visit in 1953.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble story to re­visit ahead of this year’s Open.”

By way of a thank-you, Ho­gan gave a clinic for the NCR em­ploy­ees at their fac­tory and an in­scribed watch to his driver.


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