Seriously? You must be naive as a Christmas goose if you think Donald Trump gives a farthing for the impact his courses, any of them, have regarding a damaging impact on the natural environs. One need only take a passing glance at his policy positions on the environment to see where he stands. I love golf and have played some beautiful courses, along the coast, in the desert, in the mountains. The first thought for any course should be does it respect the the natural setting with it's design and does it integrate with its environs in ways that are not harmful. Kudos for the review. There are ample links courses in Scotland and Ireland without the concieted influence of Mr. Trump.Bob BlackfordDallas Texas
I just returned from playing Scotland. The Trump course is one of the finest courses I or my low handicap brother and nephews have ever played.
Every experienced Golfer should place this on the Bucket list.
PS We all thought the course was " better" than Pebble Beach
Well done article.Informative.ConciseFactual.Common sense , unbiased, nonpolitical opinion the last two paragraphs speak volumes of truth.
the owner can do what he likes with the course - if they have a problem with that, don't sell it in the first place
I think whether or not Scotland gets a new golf course is up to Scotland and its citizens and no one else, not even the President of the United States. Scotland should do whatever is right for its own people and it's land.
I truly thought golfers would be above the political nonsense when rating or commenting on a course. Never played the course, and might consider it still, but now any comments +/- here = zero. Pity.
Having played many times and courses in both Ireland and Scotland, my comments to you all who have written here is , reguardless of how you stand politically, you have to admit Trumps courses in Scotland are built for rich Americans. Scots probably make up a tiny fraction of players. In the old days locals could play Turnberry at different rates. Those days are gone I am certain
Let's table this discussion until at least 2145 and see if the course and environment hold up like Prestwick, Troon, St Andrews, and all the other Scottish courses currently well over 100 years old!
My wife and I played Trump Aberdeen in 2014. The setting is spectacular, with dunes unlike any that I have seen in Scotland, England or N Ireland (I haven’t played Ireland’s great courses). I have no idea if this course abused the privilege of building on such a beautiful site - I never saw it before the course was there. But while the scenery is truly incredible, the course is clearly a level below Dornoch or Royal County Down or Royal Portrush or Royal St. George’s or Carnoustie or it’s neighbor up the coast, Royal Aberdeen. My wife, twice a Curtis Cup player, found it to be unstrategic. I just found it to be a nice course in a marvelous location, worth paying for once.
Trump is no doubt getting grief due in part to his current position in the world and his abusive and crass behavior. But he got crosswise with the local population long before he entered politics. Whether they would have accepted anybody’s golf course in that location - who knows - but he went out of his way to jerk around the homeowner who wouldn’t sell his property. His arrogant and stupid efforts to prevent offshore windmills from being built reminds me of similar attitudes by the rich and famous on Matha’s Vineyard, who also think that they should get what they want and to Hell with the rest of us.
It’s too bad that Trump is screwing up Mike Keiser’s efforts. Keiser is far, far above Trump as a golf course developer and has contributed to the world of golf far more than anything Trump could even imagine, and all the while apparently taking a reasonable and classy approach to business.
Sounds like politics and anti Trump sentiment. Liberal tree hugging Scots seem misguided. I have been at the course myself. The complaints are groundless and venal. Be suspicious if the political agenda the critics promote