Turnberry’s iconic lighthouse is all set to be turned into a halfway house after plans were approved by South Ayrshire Council.
The Trump Organisation submitted plans to the council in February and now they have been approved by planners.
The development is set to turn the lighthouse into the ‘greatest halfway house in the world’ according to Eric Trump, the son of Donald Trump.
Speaking to the Gazette, Eric said: “I’m incredibly excited and I’m delighted the plans have got approval.
“Once the work is done this place is going to look absolutely incredible.
“We’ve been working with the Northern lighthouse board who are unbelievable people who have been very supportive of our plans for the lighthouse and elsewhere at Turnberry.
“It’s going to be the best halfway house in the world with two Presidential suites for people to enjoy a wonderful stay in.”
Eric said he and his father targeted the lighthouse straight away upon purchasing the resort last year.
“There’s no doubt that this was a priority for us.
“I was watching The Masters and they were showing flashbacks to other tournaments and there you have Jack Nicklaus walking down the fairway with the lighthouse in the background.
“It is an image that is seen all over the world and the history and prestige of that whole area cannot be understated.
“You’ve got the castle and Robert the Bruce, the Ailsa Craig and the Ailsa Course and that simply can’t be touched in terms of how special it is.
“My father looked at the halfway house that had been built close to the lighthouse and we thought ‘why isn’t this halfway house in the lighthouse itself?’.
“With the changes we are making to the 9th hole, it’s going to work out perfectly for golfers and visitors and the halfway house will be a true masterpiece.”
Transformation plans are set to get under way shortly, but Eric says it’s not a huge issue if it isn’t all completed by the time the Women’s Open comes to the resort at the end of July.
“A lot of the interior design work will be in place by that time but it isn’t necessary for it all to be done by the Women’s Open but it will be done not long after that.”
Trump addressed the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce dinner last month as he outlined more of his grand vision for the resort.
He also gave a presentation to Turnberry golf members about his plans for the Ailsa Championship course, along with renowned architect Martin Ebert, which the Gazette understands was very well received by those in attendance.
The clubhouse has undergone a refurbishment programme of £5m and is set to re-open its doors next week at which time Donald Trump will be over at the resort as part of a promotion day for the Women’s Open.
New conference rooms have also recently opened as plans continue apace.