US billionaire Donald Trump buys iconic Turnberry resort and golf course

London, Apr 30: American billionaire and TV personality Donald Trump has reportedly confirmed his purchase of the iconic Turnberry resort and golf course in Ayrshire, which is the venue of the Open Championship.

The business magnate has bought Turnberry from Dubai-based company Leisurecorp although it is reported he paid considerably less than the 52 million pounds that Leisurecorp bought the venue for in 2008.

According to The Guardian, Trump said that Turnberry, which boasts a five-star hotel as well as three golf courses, is considered one of the greatest courses in the world for which, he saw an opportunity in buying it, adding that he is going to ring a new level of luxury to the hotel to make it the finest golf hotel in the world.

The report mentioned that Turnberry was restored to the Open Championship rota in 2009 after earlier concerns about the infrastructure around the venue, adding that attendances at Turnberry Opens also tend to be low in comparison to other Open venues.

However, the Royal and Ancient’s (R and A) outgoing chief executive Peter Dawson offered a public welcome to Trump’s latest golfing move while Trump was similarly upbeat about his relationship with the R and A, saying that he would not do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval. (ANI)