Mr [Donald] Trump is believed to be determined to open an exclusive international course and luxury home development in Scotland to rival his company's flagship course, the Trump National Golf Club, at Briarcliff Manor, New York.
The potential development was welcomed yesterday by tourism and golfing organisations. Mike Young, the golf marketing consultant for VisitScotland Aberdeen and Grampian, said the staging of the seniors' championship last year had already done a lot to raise the profile of the area's golf courses with an American audience.
He said: "I think it is hugely exciting for Aberdeen and Grampian. I think somebody with Donald Trump's international reputation would bring a completely new focus to the area. He would arguably create a new market, rather than compete with what is existing. It is a huge opportunity and if we can do anything at all to help we will."
“Championship course” is a catch-penny label used by resort developers and signifies only that the course in question is a dreary slog of over 7,000 yards for anyone foolish enough to play it off the back tees.