After much speculation and assurances from Donald Trump that he would halt any further investment at his luxury Trump International Golf Resort in Aberdeen, news broke today he plans to press ahead with a second course and further lodgings on the Menie Estate.
The regional newspaper The Press & Journal broke the story.
The US businessman is submitting multiple applications to the local council for developments including a 400-capacity ballroom and banquet hall and a 30-room staff accommodation building.
There are also plans for an extension to the 19-bedroom MacLeod House and Lodge hotel on the Menie Estate, while a proposal of application notice is being lodged for the MacLeod Course, the second 18-hole attraction.
A possible reason for Mr Trump’s U-turn is the continuing downturn in the local energy sector. The proposed wind farm development off the coast of Aberdeen which Mr Trump strongly opposed due to the visual impact the project would have from the resort appears to be one of many projects axed in the sector.
The news comes days after the Marcliffe Hotel in the city, a popular base for visiting golfers announced that they will continue trading after it’s sale to a property developer fell through.
Its with great certainty that we believe golf tourism in Aberdeen is as vibrant as ever before.