Like Him or Not, Trump Will Be Good For Turnberry
The iconic Ailsa course might be Mr. Trump’s first to host a major
There has been much consternation in the golf world over American real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s purchase of the historic Turnberry Resort in Scotland, with some fearing that Mr. Trump will turn the iconic property into his own personal shrine. But there has been no indication that he has any intention of committing such a blasphemous act, telling the press “I have the greatest respect for the R&A and for (R&A chief executive) Peter Dawson. I won’t do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval.”
In fact, Trump’s recent forays into golf course development suggest that he will be a major boon for Turnberry. After purchasing the struggling Doral Resort in Florida for $150 million two years ago, Trump and his team spent more than $250 million renovating all facets of the property, with the Blue Monster reopening to near-universal praise. The course has been slated as a possible future major championship venue, and just last week Trump National-Bedminster was announced as the site of the 2022 PGA Championship.
Let’s not forget about the positive contributions to Scottish golf Mr. Trump already has on his resume. Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire debuted at number 50 on Golf Magazine’s World Top 100 last year, one of the highest first-time entrants in recent memory. It’s clear the Donald has a keen eye for development, and since he’s already pledged not to make any unwanted changes to the golf, you can bet that his deep pockets will mean nothing but good things for the resort.