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Trump golf course

The tycoon's £750m development in Aberdeen is open for business
Trump International
Trump International
THE new Donald Trump golf course has officially opened in Aberdeen.
The man himself struck the first shot – not in truth his best – followed by an altogether more impressive effort by Colin Montgomerie.

Following seven years of development and an investment of around £750m, George O'Grady, the chief executive of the European Tour, Sandy Jones, his counterpart at the PGA, and course architect Dr Martin Hawtree were among the golfing dignitaries in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Measuring over 7,400 yards from the back tees, Jones said: “If someone shows me three courses that are better in the world, they'll be hard pushed.”

The presence of Jones and Grady, as well as Richard Hills, the European Tour's Ryder Cup director, is a clear indication that Trump wishes to host top-class professional events at Trump International Golf Links, which is some five miles north of Aberdeen in the village of Balmedie.

The Scottish Open would be a logical start, though not in the next two years, while the first available Ryder Cup date for a home match is 2022. Gleneagles will host in two years' time while Golf National, in Paris, is the venue in 2018.

Germany, Spain and Sweden would all be likely to bid for the 2022 match although in a time of such economic uncertainty looking so far ahead is largely guesswork.
Trump evidently wants to bring professional events to Aberdeen
“It has been a great privilege to work with the Trump Organisation on such a magnificent site,” said Hawtree. “Once can be sure that only the magic and grandeur of the dune landscape can have driven the motivation and extraordinary team spirit of that enterprise.

“Too many superlatives? There are simply not enough of them to go round this project.”
As well as the championship course, facilities include a huge driving range, short game area and putting green.

Over 160 staff are employed in positions ranging from golf course operations to caddying.
The course officially opens to the general public on Sunday and closes for the winter at the end of October.


alan kerr said on 14 July 2012
Mr Trump golf course is great for the northeast,but he has out priced the working class who can"t really justify £120-£200 for game golf even with his discount for Aberdeen /Aberdeenshire,they must show bill /somthing to say who they are.After all we have had to put up with all the disruptions and delays on the roads sometimes sitting for 45mins stuck in traffic on way home to Ellon i for 1 can"t justify these prices

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