Maybe it’s just the frigid temps and brittle lawns, but for some reason this weekend I started daydreaming of golf. And maybe that’s why, despite already feeling “Celebrity Apprentice” fatigue, I was still drawn to one story about The Donald lately. Specifically, his plan to build a new set of links — “the best course in Europe and maybe in the world,” in his words — over in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
As Trump put it to the Telegraph, “We have the land to do it, and I’m willing ot spend the money to make it the finest coure of its kind in the world.” That land consists of 2.5 miles of coastal sand dunes called Menie Estate. While the article makes an analogy to Burt Lancaster’s interloping oil-tycoon character in “Local Hero,” it also makes an interesting historical note: Trump’s own mother, Mary Macleod, was born in the country. She grew up “in the village of Tong outside Stornoway before leaving the island of Lewis in 1930 for a new life in New York, where she met property developer Fred Trump at a dance.” That, Trump explains, more than anything else, accounted for why he settled on the site.
“After looking at 211 rival sites around the world. I really wanted this to be built in Scotland. Mary Macleod was seriously Scots. When I first saw this piece of land I was overwhelmed by the imposing dunes and rugged Aberdeenshire coastline. I’d never seen such an unspoilt and dramatic seaside landscape. It’s the perfect location. </div></blockquote>
“Donald Trump to build golf resort in Scotland” [Telegraph]
(Trump photo: Linda Barat/The Journal News)