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Donald Trump Opens Scots Golf Course

Donald Trump Speaks at Trump International Golf Links OpeningUS tycoon Donald Trump has opened his controversial multimillion pound golf resort in Scotland – Trump International Golf Links. He has clashed with locals, wind farm manufacturers, environmentalists and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond since he purchased the land in Aberdeenshire seven years ago.

To open Trump International Golf Links, Trump cut a red ribbon before taking the first stroke at the tee with former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie. European Tour chief executive George O’Grady and PGA Europe chief executive Sandy Jones joined them, along with golfers Paul Lawrie and Martin Laird. After the first nine holes, Trump called the course the greatest anywhere in the world. They are having a great time, he said, with the weather holding up and the course playing great. He added that Colin loves it and was playing really well.

Plans for a hotel and homes at Menie Estate have been put on hold until a decision is made on the wind farm that has been proposed for the coast of the golf course. However, Trump is still confident that the offshore wind farm plans will be rejected and expects to continue developing the resort. He says that they will start building the hotel as soon as they find out the area won’t be destroyed with windmills. He doesn’t think a wind farm will be approved, as it will destroy Aberdeen and ultimately Scotland. Wind farms are being abandoned all over the world, so he can’t imagine one being put up. It wouldn’t make economic sense and would only destroy the environment, he added.

Meanwhile, the construction of Trump International Golf Links has been opposed by campaigners due to sand dunes of scientific interest in the area. Some groups had called for professional golfers to boycott the holes that play over them. However, Donald Trump Jr., who has been overseeing the site’s development, brushed off the threat. He said the campaigners don’t have anything else now. The course has been the most environmentally criticised project across Europe – possibly the world – and they have passed with flying colours.

On top of this, there has been tension between Trump and Salmond. This started with Trump telling the Economy, Energy and Tourism committee in April that Salmond misled him about the wind farms – as he was told they wouldn’t be approved. However, the first minister denied giving the tycoon any assurances and called the claim complete nonsense.

Trump Jr. said the fact that Salmond or representatives from the Scottish government weren’t invited to the golf course’s opening isn’t a big deal. They initially had a good relationship, but they were made a lot of promises that were broken. They are pretty good with loyalty, but not when it’s thrown back in their faces.

Despite the controversy, Trump says the project has been worth it, because they have created something iconic. A lot of people are calling it the greatest golf course in the world, including professional golfers. They are honoured with how the course has turned out – with the structure of the dunes and North Sea making it special. He added that the architect did amazing work.

Agreeing, O’Grady called Trump International Golf Links great and said they plan to bring major professional events there. Jones said he loves the place, and noted how the architects did a great job polishing the landscape. Although there has been opposition, golf is a responsible business – with integrity and honesty at the core of the game. They are honest and embrace their environment, he added.

 

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