Now ‘the greatest course in the world’ has to live up to its name.
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/08/2012 -- Trump was quick to note Scotland was his motherland as he announced his plans for a multi-million dollar golf course at the Aberdeenshire in 2006. While he claimed it his homeland, Trump could not have looked less at home in the brisk north-east.
In the north of Britain, the residence tend to be rather off-put by bombastic behavior. They have a history of being more pessimistic than optimistic. A history of mining the hard stone gave the people of Aberdeen the nickname of “the Granite City”. They are generally as far from polished as a wide-smiled tycoon could possibly be. Regardless of all that, Trump noted that his venture would be “the greatest golf course in the world.”
No sooner had Trump laid a celebratory shovel down did the troubles begin to bubble up from underneath the wind-scattered sands. The first trouble was the environmentalists, who complained that the birds would be displaced from their natural sand dunes, which would be destroyed. A disgruntled homeowner refused to sell his land, no matter the price.
Two years later, 2008, Trump was sat in front of a public inquiry regarding his project. In his usual manner, Trump was strong-minded and rather bullish: "I'm going to do the greatest golf course or I'm not," he said. "If you want what we're doing, which will be truly a wonderful thing, let's do it properly. Let's not do it - we've an expression in the United States - half-assed. If you want what we are doing, let's do it properly."
Despite being dressed down, the government gave Trump the go-ahead on his interest and demands. Last year, the course was coming along and everything seemed in line. That was, until a wind farm two kilometers offshore was submitted. Trump was clearly upset by the move.
"I felt betrayed, because I invested my money based on statements that were made to me," Trump said. "Lots of very smart people with a lot of money are looking to invest in different parts of the world - when they see what happened to me and the way I've been treated, they're not going to be investing in Scotland."
Despite it all, Trumps International Golf Links are opened on Menie estate, 5 miles from north Aberdeen.
With the course open, Trump now has an almost insurmountable task of coming through on the promise of it being the greatest golf course. Its ranks amongst those already in Scotland, let alone the world, are an uphill battle. Links like the Royal Aberdeen, Royal Dornoch and Carnoustie, which have not only elegance but history on Scotland’s rugged east coast.
Simply put, the world’s oldest courses are in Scotland, which give them a significant advantage over the lavish Trump course. How you defeat nostalgia with lavishness has yet to be seen. However, Trump has never been afraid to attempt such a feat.
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