Trump International Golf Links Scotland - 14th
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - 14th
The dunes of the 14th hole make Trump International Golf Links Scotland a must-see destination in Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - clubhouse
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - clubhouse
The new understated clubhouse at Trump International Golf Links Scotland debuted in May of 2015. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - 1st
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - 1st
Dangerously deep pot bunkers surround the first green at Trump International Golf Links Scotland in Balmedie. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - 3rd
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - 3rd
The scenic par-3 third hole might be the best hole at Trump International Golf Links Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International golf course in Scotland - 4th
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Trump International golf course in Scotland - 4th
The mammoth fourth green at Trump International Golf Links Scotland ends a difficult 563-yard par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 5
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 5
It might not look like it, but the 386-yard fifth hole is one of the easier par 4s at Trump International Golf Links Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 6
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 6
The 183-yard sixth hole is part of the great collection of par 3s at Trump International Golf Links Scotland in Balmedie. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 13
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 13
It's tough to hit the par-3 13th green at Trump International Golf Links Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 18
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Trump International Golf Links Scotland - hole 18
The elevated 18th tee at Trump International Golf Links Scotland reveals the beach and a fairway pockmarked with bunkers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
MacLeod House & Lodge
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MacLeod House & Lodge
The five-star MacLeod House & Lodge provides luxury accommodations for Trump International Golf Links Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Trump International Golf Links Scotland reportedly secures three Scottish Opens

BALMEDIE, Aberdeenshire, Scotland -- Trump International Golf Links Scotland has reportedly landed the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020. Could this mean Donald Trump's links might someday host an Open Championship?

The brawny 7,400-yard links designed by Dr. Martin Hawtree, which opened in 2012, is touted as the "World's Greatest Golf Course" on its Web site. Hyperbole or not, the dunes along the North Sea are glorious, some of the highest in the world.

Hawtree used the most mountainous of them all for spectacular elevated tee boxes at no. 14, a demanding par 4, and no. 18, a stunning par 5 littered with 18 pot bunkers. There are plenty of other signature holes like the beautiful par-3 third along the beach and the 281-yard drivable seventh, featuring the layout's most severe green complex.

Plans for a second links continue to be on hold as his legal team fights the development of a nearby wind farm. Although the outspoken billionaire has made a few enemies throughout the development process, The Donald himself flew in June 10 to christen a new clubhouse.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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