Donald Trump jetted in this week as he outlined more significant plans for the Trump Turnberry resort.
Full details of the tycoon’s plans for the Open Championship venue were revealed for the first time as Mr Trump spoke at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Friday as well as revealing plans to Turnberry members on Saturday.
Trump is spending multi-millions as part of an 18 month refurbishment, which will see changes to the Ailsa Championship course as well as the Turnberry Hotel.
Many of the refurbishments plans at the hotel are well under way with the presentation by Mr Trump taking place in the Caledonia Ballroom suite, which along with The Old Tom Morris Suite, The Ailsa Craig suite, three new meeting rooms and a luxurious business centre have been designed by Mr Trump to make the resort the place to be for weddings, functions and conferences.
The hotel will re-open its doors in May following a lavish refurbishment of all the hotel bedrooms and by that time the Grand Tea Lounge Bar will be completed and will feature a collection of over 250 whiskies to choose from.
Following a re-opening in May, the hotel will partially close from 27 September 2015 until May 2016 as will the Ailsa Course which will see changes to holes including the 9th, 10th and 11th during that period.
During those closures, the new clubhouse, villas and golf academy will be open for business and members and guests will still be able to book tee times and play on the Kintyre course.
An 18 hole pitch putt and putt course at the front of the course was recently completed, having been designed by Martin Ebert, who is also going to be working on the changes to the Ailsa Championship Course. The pitch and putt course should be ready for play towards the end of April, in time for the summer golf season.
A £5m refurbishment of the clubhouse continues apace with the new clubhouse set to open its doors on April 20 with an extended pro shop, a Duel in the Sun restuarant upstairs which pays homage to Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus’s epic battle for The Open Championship in 1977 and a new east facing balcony.
And arriving in time for Mr Trump’s visit last week was a 13ft fountain featuring a Roman Centurion which has been positioned outside the clubhouse in the car park.
Trump is also planning to turn the iconic lighthouse into a halfway house which will contain a grill room for golfers and guests will also have the chance to stay in two bedroomed suites within the iconic lighthouse, with work scheduled to be completed in time for the Women’s Open at the end of July.
Plans were also submitted recently for a new 500 seater ballroom at the north end of the hotel, which again looks to strengthen Trump’s belief that Trump Turnberry will be the place for functions and weddings.
Commenting on the plans Trump said: “In close consultation, we will be refining the great Ailsa Championship course including lengthening, re-grassing and making certain changes, many of which have been sought by the R&A for over 25 years.
“This work will be carefully and studiously crafted and when completed, will bring this already amazing masterpiece to a level that even it has never attained. At the conclusion of our hotel rebuilding, we will have exquisite new suites, magnificent ballrooms, restaurants and meeting facilities plus a sprawling and luxurious spa. When completed, Trump Turnberry will be the finest resort of its kind anywhere in the world.” Other plans announced by Trump this week include the creation of a crystal ballroom which has been named in recognition of the six original and historic chandeliers in the room, the repositioning of the 1906 restuarant to its original location in the hotel and the development of a new destination spa, The Trump Spa which is being designed by Trump’s daughter Ivanka.Winter 2016 will see extensive renovation of the villas and the creation of a new family centre with work completed by the spring of 2017. Trump is set to be at the resort again later this month to promote the Women’s British Open which is to be held on the Ailsa Course from July 30-August 2.