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."
There is no question I have loved the great game of golf since first picking up a club at age 10, but I could argue that it is competition that stirred me as much more more than the game itself. I realized late in life that golf was my primary and life-long vehicle to competition, so when I lost my ability to compete, I lost some of my desire to play the game. But for many decades, golf quenched that thirst like little else, and there was and remains perhaps no confluence of all the elements of competition greater than the Ryder Cup. JACK NICKLAUS