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Trump chips in with links plan
Mark Macaskill, Sunday Times, 30 October 2005
Donald Trump, the American property tycoon, is planning to
create a luxury links golf development in Scotland.
His proposals for an exclusive international club have been
given a boost following a private meeting with Jack McConnell, the first
Trump, whose mother Mary MacLeod was born on the Isle of
Lewis, wants to build a new course complete with clubhouse and a range of
secluded, luxury homes. He has already expressed an interest in the purchase of
courses at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews, and Machrihanish, in Kintyre, although
neither met his requirements.
Trump already owns Briarcliff Manor golf club in New York,
widely regarded as one of the worlds most sumptuous golfing resorts, as
well as courses in Florida, New Jersey and California.
Last week Trump met with Jack McConnell, during a visit by
the first minister to New York, and said he was prepared to invest in Scotland.
McConnell said that Trump was committed to his Scottish roots and had accepted
an invitation to visit Scotland next year.
Ashley Cooper, the head of Trump National Golf Club who was
at the meeting with McConnell, said: We are looking at an acquisition of
a links course. Donald is a real estate guy, golf is his passion and hes
trying to get into something which involves real estate.
Scotland is at the top of the radar and we will only
buy and build something if it can be extraordinary - and I mean
Attracting Trump to Scotland would be a massive boost to
golfing tourism, which already brings in about £300m a year.
A spokesman for the first minister, said: Donald
Trump was very enthusiastic about Scotland, its golfing history, its business
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