Part of Martin Hawtree's first stunning
Trump course at Balmedie
Trump 2.0 in Scotland
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/13/13
Donald Trump understands the passion golfers have for the game, not unlike the passion it takes to succeed in private enterprise:
Without passion, you don't have energy. Without energy, you have nothing."
Golfers have clearly shown a passion for what another successful golf developer, Mike Keiser, has called "dream golf." Both Keiser and Trump has developed authentic (and extremely popular) links courses that, 25 years ago, would have been dismissed as pipe dreams — Keiser at Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Trump at his Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Scotland. Trump's first Scottish foray has been a smashing success; having been open for only five months (July-October 2012), the course has already hosted over 10,000 rounds, and owner/developer Donald Trump says that bookings for 2013 are up 55% from last year.

Now, Mr. Trump has submitted a preliminary proposal for a second seaside links course at Balmedie, one that would be named after his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, who was born on the Isle of Lewis, on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Quoted in a press release, Trump said:
"The unprecedented demand to play our championship course has accelerated our plans to build the second course."
As with the first course, the architect will be Dr. Martin Hawtree, whose familiarity with high-end courses in England and Scotland is beyond question. Hawtree's initial layout calls for five sets of tees that would stretch the course from 5,630 to 7,450 yards. Of note are two drivable par-4s (at 9 and 12) and a "multi-split" fairway on the par-4 fifth hole. [Schematic, page 2]

Golf architecture critics have already given very favorable reviews to Hawtree's first Trump Scotland design; this writer refuses to bet against another intelligent layout this time.

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Duke of Hazards says:
the guy's a blowhard, but makes one hell of a golf course.
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