One of the latest projects for Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer, reality show host and putative presidential candidate, is a new resort he’s building in Scotland. He’s, well, trumpeting it as the “world’s greatest golf course.”
There’s no denying that the setting is world class, a wild, windswept seacoast where frigid, stormy waters beat against the shifting sands of Aberdeenshire, on Scotland’s eastern edge.
“It has the perfect location,” said Trump, “fronting for three miles on the North Sea, acres of sand dunes of immense proportions, and with 1,400 acres of unspoiled land, it all adds up to being spectacular.”
Trump said he feels a special affinity for the Scottish countryside: His mother, Mary Macleod Trump, was born on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland. She was raised in a small village there before relocating to the United States in the 1930s after meeting Trump’s father on a visit to New York.
“This has been a labor of love for me,” said Trump.
Like much of what he has accomplished in his career, this project has not gone without controversy. Most locals support it because of the many jobs being created, both as a result of the £1 billion-plus being spent in construction and the permanent employment luxury golf resorts often provide.