Category: Trump Scotland

August 21, 2013

Trump to name second Scottish course after his mother

Posted at 11:24 AM by Pete Madden

TrumpWho said Donald Trump doesn't have a heart?

According to Frank Urquhart of The Scotsman, the real estate tycoon turned reality television star turned presidential candidate released detailed plans for his second Scottish golf course at his resort in Aberdeen, to be named MacLeod, in honor of his late mother, a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis.

"This will be a golf course for all, ranging in difficulty and challenge ... spanning a range of lengths up to 7,400 yards," said golf course architect Dr. Martin Hawtree. "The rough will be a particular feature of the course, changing in character through the course from wild meadows in the arable parts of the site, through wetlands in the central areas, to marram roughs in the southern dunes, and heathland vegetation in the areas immediately to the back of the sand dunes.”

Hawtree also designed the championship course at Trump International Golf Links, which recently came in at No. 50 on our Top 100 Courses in the World rankings, though Trump told us, with characteristic modesty, that it's better than St. Andrews.

Let's hope Hawtree's sophomore effort measures up, or he could find himself on that all too familiar hot seat.

(Photo: Reuters)

February 12, 2013

Report: Donald Trump to build second course at Scotland resort

Posted at 4:11 PM by Cameron Morfit

TrumpLet's play two.

Donald Trump says that golfers are so gaga to play his Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland that he needs to build a second course on the site. According to, Trump has submitted the plans for another 18 holes to the Aberdeen Council, just seven months after the first one opened.  

The Donald hopes to lure a Ryder Cup and/or a British Open to Trump International Golf Links, his $1.17 billion Scottish golf resort, according to the article.

Trump’s proposals for the new course, which will be named after his Scottish-born mother Mary MacLeod, were presented to Aberdeenshire Council, the developer said today in an e-mailed statement. The 18-hole track would stretch up to 7,540 yards on the southern end of Trump’s 1,400-acre Menie Estate, 10 miles north of Aberdeen on Scotland’s northeast coast.

Trump, whose mother was born on the island of Lewis, spent more than 100 million pounds building the first 18 holes, restoring the estate and carrying out infrastructure work. He's built a 22-acre driving range, a 3,000 square-meter putting green and a 10,000 square-meter short-game practice area.

More than 10,000 golfers played the links course from July through October, trumpeted Trump, adding that he will try to host the British Open or the Ryder Cup. Bookings for 2013 have risen 55 percent from a year ago, he said.

“The unprecedented demand to play our championship course has accelerated our plans to build the second course,” Trump said in the statement.

Photo: Donald Trump at a photo shoot during the construction of his first Scotland golf course in 2010 (Getty Images).

January 18, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 18, 2013

Posted at 6:55 PM by Mike Walker



 1. “From now on I'll be playing a
Method putter."

--Rory McIlroy at his Nike press conference on Monday;
he switched back to his Scotty Cameron putter on Friday



Justin_forweb2. "Monty came into the picture to combat the big name of Tom Watson, and I felt like maybe that's something that the European Team didn't need to do.”

Justin Rose on Paul McGinley being picked for 2014 Ryder Cup captain over Colin Montgomerie 


Trump_forweb3. “The amount I know about golf would fit into a teaspoon. However, I do know when I’m walking on a pathway and come to a big chasm, that’s not the best.”  

--Aberdeen, Scotland, resident Suzanne Kelly on discovering storm damage at Donald Trump's Trump International Golf Links 



4. “I’ve traveled more miles than
any human being who ever lived.”

--Gary Player on his frequent-flier status after 60 years of international golf 





5. "It would be very similar to saying that I had a rivalry with Phil two years into my career. That wasn't the case."

--Tiger Woods on whether he has a rivalry with Rory McIlroy 




6. “I was adding up my scorecard, and I was like, oh, wait, I shot 29 on the back.”

--Russell Henley on his final round at the Sony Open in Hawaii; he won



 7. “He said, golf is the way politics is. If you're grip is too far to the right, you're going to get in trouble on the left. But if your grip is too far to the left, you're going to get in big trouble on the right.”

--Bill Clinton on getting golf advice from Tom Watson



8. “If you ask most guys, they would
want to be involved in that process a
little bit more.”

--Jason Dufner on the selection of the Ryder Cup Team USA captain


  Kaymer_forweb9. “It was probably the best feeling I ever had in my life; to have the responsibility knowing that you can make something huge happen for the team and for yourself, and knowing that I can handle it.”

--Martin Kaymer on sinking the winning putt for Team Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup



10. “Most celebrities think they're friends with everybody. And that drives me crazy. I'm not there to be a distraction to the pro.”

--The Voice host Carson Daly on playing in pro-ams

January 17, 2013

'Perfect storm' damages Donald Trump's Scotland course: Truth & Rumors

Posted at 2:51 PM by Mike Walker

The fourth hole at Trump International Golf Links, which sustained damage in winter storms. (Brian Morgan)

Donald Trump outmaneuvered many opponents to build Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, but the Scottish winter might be his toughest opponent yet.

The course, which opened to rave reviews this summer, lost a chunk of turf near the fourth tee after a "perfect storm"  dumped rain on the Aberdeen coast last month, according to the Daily Mail (UK).

Last month, severe weather battered the East Coast, as a ‘perfect storm’ caused extensive damage. An unusual combination of tidal forces, strong winds and atmospheric pressure led to huge waves and high tides.

Mr Trump’s spokesman said: ‘The burn that runs through that part of the course was overrun with water and caused some damage. It’s easy to correct and we’ll certainly be prepared now. ‘When you have any kind of links course, occasionally you have devastating storms. I think we can all agree that the storms that hit the North-East three weeks ago were unprecedented situations of extreme volumes of water.

‘The course held up very well. There was some surface damage but actually we were very pleased with how the course endured such an extreme weather situation. There are two sections impacted because the burn burst its banks.

A local resident discovered the damage, which turned a path near the fourth tee into a crater five-feet deep and 15-feet wide, according to the Mail.

Last night, Suzanne Kelly, a local resident who discovered the damage, said it was ‘beautifully ironic’.

She added: ‘The amount I know about golf would fit into a teaspoon. However, I do know when I’m walking on a pathway and come to a big chasm, that’s not the best.

‘I’m just glad the light hadn’t gone by the time I got to that point on the course otherwise I’d be talking from a hospital bed with a broken leg.

According to the Sun (UK), a Trump representative said the course damage would be repaired before its April reopening.

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