Trump’s new course plans on display

Artists impression of Hole 10 at MacLeod Course
Artists impression of Hole 10 at MacLeod Course

Donald Trump has put plans for a second course at his Aberdeenshire estate on public display - as it emerged that golf tourism is providing a major boost to the North-east economy.

Some hotels in the area are reporting a 93 per cent increase in bookings to golfers since the tycoon opened his championship links a little over a year ago.

The rocketing trade is being attributed in large part to the “Trump Effect”.

Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association chairman Chris McGuinness said: “Golf has always been an integral part of the tourism offering in and around Aberdeen with around 60 courses easily accessible within around an hour.

“However, now that Trump International Golf Links has been open for a full year, hoteliers are able to calculate the direct benefit which this golfing spotlight has brought to the area.

“It’s obvious that, while golf has always been important to the area, we can now firmly attribute a significant increase in this business to the opening of the Trump International Golf Links.”

Meanwhile, Mr Trump displayed his proposals for a second course at the Menie estate on Tuesday.

He wants to gauge local views before tabling a detailed planning application for the links development.

The 18-hole course, which already has outline permission, is expected to be named the MacLeod Course in tribute to the billionaire’s Scottish-born mother Mary. He put the proposals on public view at a marquee on the estate on Tuesday.

Architect Martin Hawtree said: “This will be a golf course for all, ranging in difficulty and challenge depending on which of the four or five tee positions is selected, spanning a range of lengths up to 7400 yards.

“Like the first course, great care has been taken over the sequencing of holes. The holes move subtly through the site revealing every aspect of the site’s topography and landscape.”

However, opponents claim there is no need for a second course just as they maintained there was no justification for the first.

The detailed application is due to be lodged with Aberdeenshire Council next month.