Trump tees up second course at Menie Estate

Donald Trump with the award he received for the world's best golf course during his latest visit to the Menie Estate.
Donald Trump with the award he received for the world's best golf course during his latest visit to the Menie Estate.

DONALD Trump has revealed the design of a second golf course at Menie - which he believes will be given the go-ahead in August.

The tycoon flew in last week to announce his plans, which have outline permission, although he insisted proposals for his “world class” hotel were still on hold.

Mr Trump confirmed the hotel project would not go ahead until plans for a windfarm off Aberdeen are scrapped.

He said: “They are bad for the environment, highly unattractive, very expensive energy, and they kill birds by the thousands. We are looking to build one of the greatest hotels in the world. Not the greatest in Scotland - the world.”

Mr Trump unveiled plans for a very “different” course, which has been designed by golfing architect Martin Hawtree who said: “It will be very different in character and very open. Some of the area is dry heathland and very attractive. If everything goes to plan with the application we could start stabilising with marram between November and March.”

The Menie links have been named best course in the world by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

Joseph Cinque, Academy president, presented the Six Star Diamond Award to Mr Trump saying: “I could not believe what I witnessed today - it is all here. You, the people of Scotland, are very lucky to have this golf course.”