Donald Trump set to scoop up Turnberry

29 April 2014
Donald Trump set to scoop up Turnberry

American property tycoon Donald Trump is on the verge of acquiring the legendary Turnberry resort, on the South Ayrshire coast.

Currently owned by Leisurecorp, a subsidiary of the Dubai government, and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts under its Luxury Collection brand, the five-AA-red star hotel with self-catering lodges is to be sold for £35m, according to the Daily Telegraph.

If the deal goes ahead, Trump will acquire the resort, which includes three golf courses and the Colin Montgomerie Golf Academy, for £17m less than the Dubai government paid for it in 2008.

Turnberry has been the setting for four Open championships and it is expected that a fifth tournament will be held there within the next 10 years.

Trump currently owns 16 golf courses around the world, including the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire. However, plans for the development of a luxury 140-bedroom hotel alongside the links course has been delayed because of Trump's opposition to the Scottish government's approval of a wind farm nearby, which he believes will blight the site.

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