Trump unveils lavish new clubhouse at Turnberry

Donald Trump cuts the ribbon at Turnberry
Donald Trump cuts the ribbon at Turnberry

Donald Trump has unveiled a new £6.5m clubhouse at his Trump Turnberry resort which has recognised the resort’s history.

The 68 year-old says the renovation work has it on track to be the “world’s most impressive 19th hole”.

The money spent has upgraded every aspect of the clubhouse including a vastly extended pro shop, which has doubled in size as well as a new ‘Duel in the Sun’ restaurant which pays homage to Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson’s legendary battle for The Open Championship in 1977 on the Ailsa Course. A replica claret jug also sits outside the restaurant which now has a steak and lobster theme as its centrepoint.

Trump’s son Eric has overseen the clubhouse project with the resort’s general manager Ralph Porciani and the pair have ensured the lockers have been improved to give a striking mahogany and gold look without compromising on space.

And in the changing room bathrooms, even the taps are gold as Trump splashes the cash.

Upstairs, the Gallery Room is now the Champions Suite and the Mackenzie Ross boardroom is now named after Tom Watson.

Whilst at Turnberry this week Donald Trump reaffirmed his plans to create a “world-class ballroom” in the resort’s hotel, which would seat up to 1,000 people.

He said it would be fantastic for South Ayrshire and joked Chic Brodie MSP would be “celebrating victories in there”.

Trump is also planning a whole new second course at the resort.

He says by the time his project is completed that there won’t be anywhere in the world like Turnberry and it’s going to be a very special time for Trump Turnberry and Scotland.