Trump: golf course will never be sold

Donald Trump has put plans for a second course at the Menie estate on public display.
Donald Trump has put plans for a second course at the Menie estate on public display.

Donald Trump has ruled out ever selling his Menie Estate golf course - despite halting its development over windfarm plans.

The tycoon has marked the course as a family heirloom and says business has never been better at Trump International Golf Links.

The guarantees come ahead of the season opening at the 18-hole course, amid fears that Mr Trump would turn his back on Scotland after acquiring a new site in Ireland.

He said: “We cherish the existing course and are immensely proud of it. It will never be sold and will always be in the Trump family.

“It’s a very special place to me, to the company, to Aberdeen.”

Plans for a second course and hotel on the estate remain on hold due to plans for an offshore wind farm in nearby Aberdeen Bay.

Mr Trump is fighting the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in the courts to stop the plans.

He said that as soon as the EOWDC plan was thrown out then work would be resumed on creating hundreds of holiday homes in the resort.

He will be investing in his Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare while the debate rages over the windfarm plans.

The businessman added: “We have a spectacular piece of land for the second course and we look forward to getting on with the project.

“But I can’t do that in all good conscience when the threat of very ugly industrial turbines looms over Aberdeen.”

However, Mr Trump said the Balmedie course was in “fantastic shape” and revealed his intentions to open it a month early this year in order to meet demand.

The championship course will be made available in July to players taking part in the Scottish Open in nearby Royal Aberdeen.

Mr Trump hopes to travel to Scotland for the event.

He said: “I look forward to coming back soon.”