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The Donald Unveils Turnberry Vision; His Hair Turns Back Gust!

Daily Mail Reporter could only focus on the fact his hair is real (duh!), offering this headline: "Not a toupee! Donald Trump gets windblown in Scotland... and his hair stays ON"

The Donald has revealed he’s going with Trump Turnberry for the name of his latest purchase (stunner!) and that it needs his touch. And Peter Dawson's.

Michael McEwan has all the details at Bunkered (thanks reader Bobby), which include carrying out the R&A dream of redesigning the 10th and 11th holes. The Donald wants to re-work the par-3 9th and turn the Turnberrty lighthouse into the ultimate halfway house, too.

Trump also added that the R&A’s chief executive Peter Dawson had recommended he work with renowned golf course architect Martin Ebert on proposed changes to the course. Ebert previously tweaked the Ailsa Course ahead of the 2009 Open and also worked on preparing Royal St George’s and Royal Lytham & St Anne’s for the 2011 and 2012 Open Championships respectively.

Subject to planning consent and the approval of the R&A, the tenth and 11th holes on the Ailsa Course will be the first to change.

The championship tee on the tenth will be moved further back and to the left from its current position – almost to the lighthouse – creating a much more dramatic and daunting tee shot, which will have a carry of over 260 yards to the fairway.

What could wrong with that?

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Implementing R&A's desired changes probably mean a verbal for a future British Open is in place..

Surprised to see this first sentence considering the amount of space regularly allocated here to DT's hair. . "Daily Mail Reporter could only focus on the fact his hair is real,( duh)! "
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
Geoff- I'm interested to hear from an architect. What would be wrong with that for a championship tee?
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
I'm more concerned about the hotel. Not as if Turnberry Ailsa is a real stunner.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill V
Turnberry is fantastic as is and I love the 9th hole. Hard to picture it as a 3 par but it is out on the cliff and could be great. Putting 10 tee out on the rocks is a no brainer.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterFrogman
His hair has to be his.
No one would ever buy a toupee that bad.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
What is up with this guy's overuse of intensifiers?
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat
I was going to play Turnberry in a few weeks. Not now. I vowed never to play a golf course with the name Trump. It'll be interesting watching the slow process of him destroying the place
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan B
Ian, Aye!!!
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Hogan
@ Ian - I'm with you.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
The word - entrapment - keeps springing to mind. Can the R&A have it both ways? Be influential in course changes but ultimately deny Trump 'his Open' ... at least whilst he still owns it!?

Peter Dawson's been making (sickeningly) positive noises about a return to Turnberry but isn't he retiring in the not too distant future and, as such, unlikely to be involved in any future decision about the Open returning there?
07.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterscots wha hae
Silly Euros..give you a golden goose and all you want to do is eat
07.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaul
"I'm a golfer, I understand golf...", 'nuff said.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
The New - is it

Don't believe "Its Good News Week" - well that is if you trust the R&A and Trump - see what it may bring to golf. or is it all just a big bloody joke
Last week someone posted that the R&A would never award Trump (his course) the OPEN. Now I'm not so sure. Can't for the life of me figure out how this guy has been able to land both USGA and PGA, and now possibly R&A events? Could it be the money? Also, GOLFWEEK and Klein just named Trump International Golf Links of Scotland #1 for GB&I Modern courses (post 1960).
07.3.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Harv- like him or not the Aberdeen course is very good.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
You've gotta hand it to Trump, he is a very generous person: he just keeps giving and giving and giving.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
You need to ask an architect then
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn dough
Ian B - I'm sure Trump will be devastated by your decision.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Luke
To allow Trump to host 'The Open' will show just how far the R&A have travelled from their prime directive of protecting the game of golf. Golf needs Trump as much as we need a large hole in our heads, he is in it for money, yet I wonder if he will finish this project or leave it full of Holes like his last venture in Aberdeenshire.

Trump should be declared 'persona non grata' in the British Isles when related to golfing ventures - just wish that could apply to the R&A as well.
Melvyn- I happen to think Trump will finish Aberdeen and that it will be impressive..Don't like his public persona and don't like his prices but at least he is one of the very few people investing in golf. I have discussed his plans with some of the Turnberry staff and my pal who works at Aberdeen and the course changes sound good to me. Let's wait and see. I also believe there is absolutely no guarantee he will get an Open at Turnberry.
07.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Is it in Dawson's job description to 'recommend' certain Golf Architecture firms?

Shouldn't the professional bodies representing Architects be making a noise about this and protecting the majority of their members?

Or is it that the R&A are so all powerful that no one dares utter a critical word?

Anyone reading thing I don't already know the answers to these questions?
07.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBelowpar

Or is it that the R&A are so all powerful that no one dares utter a critical word? I think they think so but the times they are about to change.

Trump is IMHO actually not good for golf, his methods stink and the Man is not very nice either - time will tell!

"he is in it for money" Really? I'm shocked.
07.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG

"he is in it for money" Really? I'm shocked. WHY?

Here is me thinking he loved golf and his Scottish roots(or does that refer to his hair) - silly me never ever thought he was a money sort of guy - then it takes all sorts to - wonder if the SNP received any extra donations to their Yes Campaign - Salmond like Trump would sell his grandmother to get what he wanted and sod the world in the process. Money - wow its obvious once you mentioned it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hyperbole Melvyn. Sorry to get you overheated.
07.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
"I'm a golfer and I know golf"

Uh...Donald. You are a 6hdcp who looks like he's playing out of his shoes. Wtf do YOU know that us professionals do not?!

FYI...I minored in acctng in nothing but A's and the odd B. How about you let me run your other non-golf businesses for awhile?

But that new tee on the lighthouse hole sounds neat. 260 to fairway eh? Lots of working out and exercising happening these days on Tour. Yeah...that's it!
07.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz

"I'm a golfer and I know golf" - Many have a right to make that claim and it is not as some think the sole reserve of only good players.

In the world of sport many a Coach was crap in their day at playing their sport however now excel in Managing their Teams.

Nevertheless you are right to question "I'm a golfer and I know golf" if that statement was issued by anyone who uses aids be it in the form of carts, electron distance or mark aids, and relies a little too much on high tech equipment to supplement skill. They have a bloody nerve making that statement - for the simple reason that by using those aids they have desecrated the Royal & Ancient Game of Golf and its traditions that date back Centuries.

"I'm a golfer and I know golf" should be worn as a badge of honour and not banded about by uncommitted lazy players who have as much understanding or knowledge of the Game of Golf as they do about the female anatomy. (For God sake do not ask these individuals about the 'G' Spot!).
@Melvyn, While I don't agree with your take on people who play with carts not being "golfers", based on the many friends I know who do and who I consider golfers, I do appreciate your take on Trump, and for the most part agree. Have some good friends who have dealt with him on golf course matters and the stories are priceless. Use your imagination and you'll be really close to their actual conversations and proceedings. Whether you and I like the guy or not, he's thrust himself onto the golf map. Luckily it's a segment of the game most of us will really never have to deal with.

@Johnny, good stuff.
07.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@ol Harv

Playing with carts is just fine in my book, using aids too but all I ask is that those who play this type of game be honest and call it what it is - Cart Ball, or American Golf or anything they wish but its not golf, its not traditional golf and it not the Royal & Ancient Game of Golf either.

The reasons many want to call it Golf is to give their game legitimacy, to convey they are rising to the challenges, of facing the course armed with a golfers arsenal of mind body and ball with clubs. While carrying ones clubs is not necessary the physical nature of walking is as important as using ones own mind and body to co-ordinate while calculating the shots. Cart riding is not golf as it eliminates an essential element of the game that is as old as its first traditions, even preceding the rules. Just because thousand of like minded players use carts that does not make it golf.

As carts are used, as are aids why can't these players honour the original game of golf by calling their game by a more appropriate name rather than hijacking the name Golf then you would have no reason to disagree and we can all honour a great game.

Why is it that the real game of golf and its followers has to compromise because of a group who clearly refuse to walk or even embrace the basic principles of Golf? Noting that carting is relatively new in that it only started after WW2 and missed the first 600 years of the game.
Do you still cook over an open fire Melvyn?
07.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG

Really can't you show golf just a little respect, if not the game then the second Golden Age Guys who never knew carts distance aids or even the First Golden Age Guys who like the second walked and thought the game unaided - they were Golfers in the true sense of the word.
@whomever...first of all many courses in the USA do not allow walking and secondly it would be nearly impossible to walk given the distance between greens and the next tee....a terrible model for golf i agree...but cut us yanks some slack...we love the game as much as you do (Melvyn) for myself I do play a walking course at least once a week...the other times I am taking a cart on courses with no other options...ones that fit my wallet...affordable golf !

Always showed the game respect, just that ancient tradition doesn't carry well all the time. Truth is I quit the game two years ago (various reasons), but I was a muni member for 12 years. Gorgeous little course in way upper NY state purchased by a retired Air Force colonel with his life savings as downstroke. He's barely surviving for number of reasons, but would have been gone by now without cart rentals. One example, many more, no time.
07.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Sorry AG, you may have been on a golf course, but you were not playing "golf". Not if you had a cart. LOL.
07.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterOscar
Oh, what a waste of time then. ;)
07.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
I feel sad for all who refuse to embrace the real game of golf, preferring to use aids instead of their God given gifts.

The heightened pleasure one gets from doing it under 100% on your own ability is what the game of golf is all about. Compare with relying or sharing ones knowledge that all you have achieved is tainted by using outside help because you are unable to play golf or just go not give a sh#t about yourself, golf or just go not give a #@&= period.

AG I agree using aids "Oh, what a waste of time then. ;) " I keep trying to tell you guys that golf is way more fun doing it without aids - not forgetting that it makes you look what you are - weak.

Using carts to make money - has no place in playing golf. Golf is not just for Christmas its for life and its not a short term investment either.
"I think I have the greatest collection of courses owned by one person."

Kind of tough to argue with huh?
07.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@DTF, And?

By the way, I'll take Mike Keiser's collection over DT's. In addition, as to his assertion that "I'm a golfer", he must not have read Melvyn's definition. Not a golfer if you ride a cart. Sorry Donald.
07.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Bundee

Thank you for semi-agreeing with me.

I was born in 74. Started hitting lots of golf balls by the time I was 12. I understand and respect your views.

Blame the state of the Game on the "Everybody Gets a Trophy" mindset.

It breeds Slack arm'd choir boys IMO.

Nice to throw words with you Melvin. Much Respect!!
07.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Good catch on Keiser. Anyone else in their class?
07.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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