Golf.com reported on Tuesday afternoon that Donald Trump has finally realized one of his dreams, and been able to purchase a Golf Resort in Scotland. The 67 year-old entrepeneur bought and resurrected the Doral Resort in South Florida, now he owns the Historic Turnberry Resort in Scotland, and at last, a Trump Golf property will host a men’s major golf championship.
Trump was not looking to specifically purchase Turnberry, but couldn’t pass on the Open Championship venue when he found that it was on the market. He has confirmed that he will not change anything on the golf course without the approval of the Royal and Ancient, but intends to turn the Hotel into a luxury resort.
“It was an opportunity, as far as I was concerned,” Trump said. “Turnberry is considered one of the greatest courses in the world. It’s a special place. It’s an important place.”
“This is a fabulous property in a great location,” Trump said. We’re going to bring a new level of luxury to the hotel. Our aim is to make it the finest golf hotel in the world.”
The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is part of the Open Championship rotation and has hosted four championships including the infamous “Duel in the Sun” featuring Tom Watson’s 1977 victory over Jack Nicklaus. It was also the site of Watson’s near victory in 2009 at age 59 when he lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink.
The Trump machine is very active in golf resorts, and recently purchased the Doral Resort in the Miami area which hosts the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Trump completely rebuilt the course after the 2013 championship.
When asked if he would do what he always does, and add the Trump name to Turnberry :
“’Trump Turnberry’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” said Trump. “We’ll make that decision fairly soon—in a couple of days.”