Donald Trump buys Turnberry Resort in Scotland
American billionaire Donald Trump has confirmed that he has bought the Turnberry Resort in Scotland.
The links-style golf course, four-time host of the Open Championship, is an iconic green which has seen plenty of action over the years, including The Open Championship in 2009, which created much excitement when American Stewart Cink edged Tom Watson in a scintillating playoff.
"It was an opportunity, as far as I was concerned," said Trump, whose dream of hosting a major event moves a step closer to being realised.
"Turnberry is considered one of the greatest courses in the world. It's a special place. It's an important place."
The huge purchase also includes the entire South Ayrshire complex, which the property mogul indicated he will not be modifying in the near future due to its iconic stature. However, renovations to the hotel look set to be given the green-light shortly.
The 67-year-old, whose mother was born in Scotland, added: "Some of the greatest championships in the history of golf have taken place at Turnberry.
"And the golf course itself is considered one of the greatest in the world. Some rate it as the best in the world. I'm not going to touch a thing unless the Royal and Ancient ask for it or approve it.
"I have the greatest respect for the R&A and for Peter Dawson. I won't do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval.
"This is a fabulous property in a great location. We're going to bring a new level of luxury to the hotel. Our aim is to make it the finest golf hotel in the world."
A point of contention could be the fact that Trump may be considering changing the resorts name. He quipped: “‘Trump Turnberry' has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
"We'll make that decision fairly soon-in a couple of days."