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Trump unveils plan for new clubhouse

Tycoon set to spend £5m on new Aberdeen building.

DONALD TRUMP has submitted a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council to build a permanent clubhouse at his Balmedie golf development.

The American tycoon, who opened Trump International Golf Links Scotland in the summer of 2012, revealed the news in a statement issued by his organisation. At present, there is a temporary clubhouse on-site. However, Trump - who has called a halt to plans to build a second course and hotel in lieu of an ongoing battle against an offshore windfarm - believes a permanent structure is required and is reported to be planning to spend £5m on building the new facility, which will have a granite finish, typical of most properties in Aberdeen.

“The course has been a phenomenal success and has received some of the greatest reviews ever given to a golf course,” said Trump. “I felt it was only fair to this great course that I build a beautiful new clubhouse. It would be disrespectful not to have done so. When completed, our clubhouse will be a true classic and beauty.”


To that end, he has commissioned local architects Covell Matthews to carry out the work. The company’s director, Andy McNair, said: “This clubhouse will provide facilities of the very high standard visitors have come to expect from the Trump brand. Golf tradition is steeped in history and the clubhouse has been designed to reflect this, drawing on the rich architectural diversity found in Aberdeenshire.”

Describing Trump’s main property on the site, McNair added: “Macleod House, a B-Listed property, is the architectural centre piece of Menie Estate. This prominent building has been recently converted to luxury guest accommodation and is located en-route to the golf course. The proposed clubhouse draws precedent from the style, details and materials to create a building that is in keeping with the aesthetic of Menie Estate.”

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