Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Donald Trump to invest £100m in newly named Trump Turnberry

The legendary Turnberry resort on the South Ayrshire coast is to be renamed Trump Turnberry following its acquisition by American property tycoon Donald Trump.

Following the deal to buy the five-AA-red-star resort from Leisurecorp, a subsidiary of the Dubai government, Trump has revealed that he will spend at least £100m on developing and improving his new investment, which includes a 157-bedroom hotel, self-catering lodges, three golf courses, Colin Montgomerie Golf Academy, spa and outdoor activity centre.

The only detail revealed about the development plans is the retention of golf architect Martin Ebert, who is expected to make changes to the golf courses, including possibly the Ailsa course, which has hosted the Open Championship on four occasions.

Trump and Ebert will attend a press conference on 2 July to announce plans for the resort. Trump Turnberry will be managed by the Trump Organisation as part of a franchise agreement under the Luxury Collection brand with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Trump said: “I am honoured to own and manage this magnificent property, perhaps the most exciting property there is, We will be spending a great deal of time, effort and money to make Trump Turnberry the finest resort of its kind anywhere in the world.” Trump Turnberry is the 17th golf course to be acquired by Trump globally, including the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

 However, plans for the development of a luxury 140-bedroom hotel alongside the links course on Scotland’s east coast has been delayed because of Trump’s opposition to the Scottish government’s approval of a wind farm nearby, which he believes will blight the site.

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