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Trump breaks ground on second course at Trump International Scotland

10.27am 2nd May 2023 - Courses

Donald Trump flew into Scotland yesterday (May 1) to break ground on the second golf course at Trump International Scotland that the former US President said will create ’one of the great golf courses of the world’.

Trump announced that work on the new MacLeod course – dedicated to his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod – was now beginning. To mark the occasion, Trump broke ground on the new course and cut a ceremonial red ribbon.

Trump said: “We are going to build a great golf course that aims to replicate the outstanding championship links we already have here and many believe to be the greatest golf course in the world. We will build a course that will be fit to host many great championships in the future along with our championship links. We’ve had a lot of pleasure in working on this land and there is no other land like it. We have incredible views by the sea and there are no other dunes like these in the world. It will be a great success.”

Donald Trump cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of works on the new MacLeod Course in the company of architect Martin Hawtree (left), Sarah Malone, executive vice-president of Trump International Scotland and Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization

He added: “This project is very close to my heart as the course will be dedicated to my late mother and that is a source of great pride to me and my family. My mother was an incredible woman who loved Scotland. She returned here every year and she loved the Queen. I got to know the Queen too during my visits here I love Scotland just as much.”

Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, who oversees the management and operations of the Trump Organization’s global portfolio, said: “We’re extremely excited to be breaking ground on another world-class links course in Aberdeenshire. We own and operate the best courses on earth and this new course at Trump International, Scotland has the potential to top them all and reaffirm its place as a top world ranking golf destination. 

Golf course architect Martin Hawtree, who designed the initial championship links at the Menie Estate, has been commissioned to design the MacLeod course, which will be built to the south and west of the existing championship course.

Donald Trump surveyed the land on which the new course is to be built during his visit
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