Paul Lawrie puts '˜haunted' mansion up for sale for Â£2.2m
The former Open champion is selling the property in Aberdeen and it could be a dream home for sports fanatics.
As well as a five-bedroom Victorian villa, the home comes with a US Golf Association (USGA) standard chipping and putting green with a bunker in its three acres of grounds.
There is also a small fairway and two driving range nets for those who want to practice their swing in the comfort of their own back yard.
The house is also kitted out with a gym and a games room with full-sized snooker table.
Lawrie, 49, bought the house in his home city for £855,000 shortly after winning the Open at Carnoustie in 1999 – the biggest victory of his career. It is now on the market for offers over £2.2 million after he and his wife Marian moved to another property nearby.
The Ryder Cup star revealed last year that he thought the baronial-style home was haunted after spotting a ghost in his bedroom. When an interviewer asked if he was more scared of bees or ghosts, he replied: “Ghosts, 100 per cent – because I’ve seen one. I have one in my house and I saw it one night and man, it’s not a good feeling. I wouldn’t recommend it.
“I was lying in my bed and had my iPad on my stomach while I was watching this film. I was watching this thing and then looked at the door and there was this face. It was a bit wiggly-lined. It was one of those double looks when I looked over and saw it.
“It was the scariest thing ever. As soon as my wife opened her eyes next morning, I said to her, ‘You’re not going to believe what happened last night.’
“When people talked about ghosts, I was always the first to tell them they don’t exist.
“But I’ve seen one and we’re still in the same house. I don’t know what room he’s in, but he was in my room that night.”
The 5,000 sq ft home in the upmarket Bieldside area also features a library, conservatory anda self-contained cottage.
Estate agents Savills say the home’s “amazing mini golf course” makes it one of the “star properties” currently on the market. A sales brochure states: “Magnificent detached late Victorian villa in about 3 acres, with garages, gymnasium, self contained cottage & USGA specification practice chipping green and fairway. An imposing detached Scot baronial house with pitch slate roofs complete with picturesque tower. Reflecting the era of the house, many examples of the period style are still evident.
“These features include high ceilings, deep skirting boards, ornate plasterwork, intricate picture rail friezes, panelled doors, column-style radiators, brass power plates, open fireplaces, decorative fireplace surrounds, stained glass windows and an abundance of beautifully preserved oak woodwork.”