Thursday, 3 July 2014
South Ayrshire Council welcomes Trump Turnberry plans
Following Donald Trump’s announcement of his exciting vision and plans for Trump Turnberry this week, South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Bill McIntosh, said: “We’re very lucky here in Ayrshire to be home to some of the most stunning golf courses in the world including Turnberry, which is a golfing institution that has a fantastic reputation and we want to see that maintained and maximised for the benefit of the local area.
[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Chief Executive,
Leader and Elected Members welcome Donald Trump.]
“This is a truly exciting day for Trump Turnberry, for South Ayrshire and for golfers around the world who know and love this fantastic golfing resort and will be thrilled with these ambitious plans to make it even greater.
“The plans will provide a much-needed jobs and economic boost for the local area, which is very welcome, and we would also hope to see a wider positive impact for the likes of Prestwick Airport.
“This will help ensure Ayrshire continues to be a major golfing and tourist destination and we look forward to working with Trump Turnberry and our other golfing partners to boost golf, tourism and the economy across Ayrshire.”
Earlier, Donald Trump defended his decision to add his name to one of Scotland’s most famous golf courses.
The Trump Organisation bought the Turnberry course and hotel in Ayrshire for an undisclosed sum in April, and the resort was subsequently renamed Trump Turnberry.
Mr Trump said the renaming was not for his “ego” but to make the course “more successful”.
He has pledged to spend more than £100m on renovating the hotel that overlooks the famous course and said there will be some potential changes to it over the next few years, particularly holes nine to 11.
He added: “We are going to be spending at least £100m on redoing the hotel, on building it up to the highest standards, and I’m talking world standards.
“We have a facility really that can be the finest hotel anywhere in the world, and certainly the finest hotel of its kind anywhere in the world.”
Turnberry is on the rota of courses that can stage the Open Championship and Mr Trump said that was a factor is his decision to purchase the resort.
“It’s a magnificent tournament, I’ve watched it for so many years and never missed it,” he said.
“It’s just an honour to be associated with the Royal and Ancient (golf’s governing body) and the tournament potentially.
“It’s already had four Opens and the women are coming next year, which I consider very important, and I think the greatness of this course will lead to others, it has to.
“We have now the greatest canvas in all of golf so ultimately people can’t avoid it.”
Trump Turnberry and South Ayrshire Council are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.