American billionaire Donald Trump is pressing ahead with his expansion plans for Trump Turnberry after pledging to spend £250m on the resort.
And if the 68 year-old tycoon gets permission the entrance to the clubhouse at the resort will soon have a £100,000 fountain in front of it.
The fountain is reported to feature a Roman centurion at the top and is surrounded by lions and other big cats and will sit at an imposing 13 foot.
Trump already has imposing fountain designs in place at other courses he owns in America including at the Doral in Miami and at Colts Neck in New Jersey.
It is being designed by Florida based company Bernardi Fountains who will import it over to the resort.
The Trump organisation recently applied for planning permission for the plans with South Ayrshire Council.
The documents show that Trump is also planning major design upgrades at the hotel with an old conservatory to be replaced a new terrace built in more natural stone.
And as reported in last weeks Gazette, plans for a new ballroom at the hotel are set to land on the council’s desk before the year is out.
The clubhouse at Trump Turnberry has now been closed as the refurbishment work has now began on the building to make it even more imposing for golfers on arrival.
It is understood that Trump is a fan of the traditional woodwork inside the clubhouse and won’t be making significant changes to that but will be making access to the pro shop a lot easier.
In front of the hotel, large mounds currently swamp the pitch and putt course which Trump has ripped up ahead of a revamp which will see it expanded to 18 holes.
As for the hotel itself, the upgrading of every room and suites continue to be over seen by Trump’s son Eric whilst Trump is seeking planning permission to make changes including building new door openings out onto the terracing.
The refurbishments will also include replacing floors and sprucing up the interior of the hotel’s toilets. Trump’s plans are also designed to attract more business to the conference area within the hotel which could link up with his deal for “high flyers” which was announced with Prestwick Airport earlier this month.