WORK to create what Donald Trump hopes will become the greatest golf course in the world is on target for a July 2012 completion, with plans already underway for a ‘spectacular’ opening ceremony.
Contractors have been busy over the past few months performing earthworks at the site on the Menie Estate. With much of the dune stabilising completed and the irrigation system installed, work on the site is now full steam ahead to meet the July 2012 target.
“The turfing of all the greens will be finished within a fornight”, says golf architect Caspar Grauballe. “The back 9 holes are ready for grass throughout, while the front 9 are about a third of the way there.”
“No expense has been spared”, according to Trump Executive Vice President Sarah Malone. “We want to use the most traditional method of stabilising the dunes. We’re taking the most authentic route and we’ve got the best workforce on site.
“It’s now beginning to look like a golf course”, she continues. “It’s breathtaking - all of a sudden, the concept speaks for itself.”
Plans are also underway for a luxury hotel and housing. However, according to Ms Malone, the Trump organisation is keen to get the golf course up and running first. “We’re looking to build all the infrastructure and amenities to host major golf events”, she says. “There’s no date yet for the completion of the hotel, although designs are being finalised. However, we hope to submit the application for the clubhouse later this year.
“The most important component is the golf course itself, as everything else will flow from there. All Trump golf resorts have very different architecture and styles. What we’ll be doing here will be very traditional and sympathetic to the area. It has to be right for its context.”
The landscape is spectacular enough in its own right. However, everyone involved in the project is taking great pride in the minimal landscape alterations and in particular, the way that the tees have been ‘hidden’. Says architect Grauballe, “I don’t know of any other course in the world where they’ve been disguised in the same way.”
And when it’s all finished, just how will the course compare with the world’s other great links courses, like Carnoustie?
“I think we can do better than that”, says Grauballe. “This will blow other golf courses out of the water.”