The Scottish Open will be returning to Scotland’s northeast in 2017 just three years after neighbouring Royal Aberdeen hosted a distinguished field for one of the now show piece events on the the European Tour.
The local newspaper which has had an intimate relationship with Mr Trump and the Trump Organisation since the resort’s inception prior to opening in 2012 broke the news today;
The stunning course, built on the Menie Estate, Balmedie, near Aberdeen and opened as recently as July 2012, will become the new home of Scottish golf’s flagship European Tour event for three years, with the event scheduled to return to Trump International for further stagings in 2019 and 2020. (Press & Journal)
The Trump International course north of Aberdeen has bedded in well with some of last year’s Scottish Open field managing a sneak peak of the imposing challenge they can expect.
“I think it’s sensational, a wonderful links golf course. The setting is as good as it gets – a traditional links course on a modern day scale.” (Phil Mickelson)
Phil was not the only PGA Tour player to recently praise the course with the likes of Justin Rose, Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler having all played during some down time away from the Scottish Open.
Rickie Fowler on #18 of Trump Scotland
The Trump International is at the centre of a 20 mile stretch of sandy coastline home to three of the world’s top 100 golf courses, A more concentrated, truly world class golf offering would be hard to find. (Ru Macdonald)
It wouldn’t be overstating that a Scottish golf trip to the northeast of Scotland and Aberdeen could be only second to The Home of Golf, St Andrews. For your trip planner note down the heralded links courses of Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Trump International. Add the yet discovered but equally impressive courses of Murcar Golf Links, Fraserburgh and Newburgh and quickly you have a week of world class golf at your finger tips. (As describe in Episode 27.)
Far from without incident, Donald Trump recently remained defiant after losing a court battle to prevent a wind energy testing centre being built off the coast of Balmedie within minutes of Europe’s Oil & Gas Capital, Aberdeen, a major international energy hub. Then of course we have the somewhat unsavoury legal battles which raged throughout Mr Trump’s purchase of the Menie Estate in Balmedie.
Phil Michelson, a long time supporter of the Scottish Open when asked about the potential staging of a Scottish Open at the Trump Aberdeen course in his playful manner commented, ‘the golf side of it (Trump International) is plenty suitable for the highest of championship.’ Ok Phil, we’ll leave it at that..
As the sun attempts to break through and I can make out the faint sounds of a media scrum from my home minutes from Trump International, it’s a great day for golf tourism in Scotland’s northeast. But now to more pressing matters of tonight’s 9 holes. Shall I opt for Fraserburgh or Cruden Bay?
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