Donald Trump Wants to Expand Trump International in Aberdeen

Thursday March 19th, 2015
The 205 yard par-3 third hole at Trump International Golf Links.
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If he builds it, some will bum.

But that won’t stop Donald Trump from pursuing plans to expand on his controversial golf resort in northeast Scotland.

As reported Wednesday in the Scotsman, Trump has submitted applications to further develop Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen with plans that call for a second golf course as well as a large ballroom and banquet hall.

The move takes Trump out of the holding pattern he entered two years ago when he suspended investment in the property as part of his opposition to a proposed offshore windfarm in Aberdeen Bay.

During that time, Trump went on a spending spree elsewhere across the pond, snatching up iconic Turnberry in Scotland and Doonbeg golf course in Ireland.

But now it’s back to his Aberdeen resort.

According to the Scotsman, Trump is “driving ahead with expanding the development . . as he continues a civil action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against the developers of the L230 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.”

In a press release announcing his intentions, Trump dismissed the viability of the wind farm, saying the technology behind it was “now widely regarded to be obsolete and outdated.”

According to the Scotsman, Trump’s applications for further resort development include public notifications for a second layout, to be named the MacLeod Course, in honor of The Donald’s mother, who was born in Scotland. 

“There are also plans for a 400-plus capacity ballroom and banquet hall,” the newspaper reported, “with additional hotel accommodation and leisure facilities at the 19-bedroom MacLeod House and Lodge. The application also incude details for a 30-bedroom staff accommodation.”

Not unlike its owner, Trump’s Aberdeen project has polarized opinions from the start, arousing local opposition and a legal struggle detailed in the documentary You’ve Been Trumped.

Among other things, the controversy made a folk hero out of a local farmer and part-time fisherman named Michael Forbes, whose refusal to sell his land to Trump earned him the “Scotsman of the Year” award in 2012.

But the development also enjoys strong local support from those who see it as a shot in the arm for an economically struggling region.

As Ian Armstrong, Regional Director for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry told the Scotsman: “The significance of a major international investor looking beyond short-term issues and adopting a long-term view should not be underestimated in terms of the fillip it provides to the North East of Scotland and its economy. At a time when there are some economic clouds on the horizon, the announcement of the plans by the Trump Organisation for further substantial investment  . . is a great boon for the region.”

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