Trump completes Turnberry Resort purchase

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Turnberry Resort, which has played host to four Open Championships, is now a part of the expanding Donald Trump golf portfolio.
By John Byrwa
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 9:31 a.m.

Donald Trump, who has long stated his desire to play host to a men's major championship at one of his many golf courses, has completed his purchase of Turnberry Resort in Scotland. The Ailsa Course at Turnberry, located on Scotland's west coast, has been the site of four Open Championships and will likely do so again.

“It was an opportunity, as far as I was concerned,” Trump told GOLF.com, which first reported the purchase as final. “Turnberry is considered one of the greatest courses in the world. It’s a special place. It’s an important place.”

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And a memorable one, especially for Hall of Famer, 2014 Team USA Ryder Cup captain and five-time Open Champion Tom Watson.

It was at Turnberry in 1977 that Watson defeated Jack Nicklaus in the famous "Duel in the Sun." And it was also at Turnberry where he suffered perhaps his most stinging loss, a playoff defeat to Stewart Cink in 2009 when the then-59-year-old Watson needed only a par on the 72nd hole to become the oldest major champion in history. Of course, a weary Watson made bogey and lost the playoff by six shots.

Trump's purchase, which brings to 17 the number of course he owns throughout the world, also includes the Turnberry Hotel. Terms of the Turnberry deal were not disclosed, although The Independent in London reported that Trump paid Dubai-based Leisurecorp just over $63 million -- 37.5 pounds.

“This is a fabulous property in a great location,” Trump said. "We’re going to bring a new level of luxury to the hotel. Our aim is to make it the finest golf hotel in the world.”

There was no word on if Turnberry would soon carry the standard Trump stamp that is included in the names of all of his courses, as well as virtually everything else he owns.

“’Trump Turnberry’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” said Trump.