Buys Turnberry Golf Course
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[May 01, 2014]
LONDON (Reuters) — Turnberry, the
iconic Scottish golf course which hosted one of the sport's greatest
duels, has been sold to American billionaire Donald Trump.
The real estate magnate announced on Tuesday that he had bought
the famous links course for an undisclosed sum from the Dubai-based
"It was an opportunity, as far as I was concerned,” Trump told
"Turnberry is considered one of the greatest courses in the world.
It’s a special place. It’s an important place.”
Trump said he had no plans to change the course layout, which sits
on a former World War One airfield and overlooks the Irish Sea, but
he does want to develop the Turnberry hotel.
Trump owns a handful of golf courses in the United States but has
never had one that has hosted a major championship but that could
change with his purchase of Turnberry.
The course has hosted the British Open four times, most recently in
2009, and is likely to be considered for future majors.
"Turnberry is a great favorite among the players and it's on the
Open rota for sure," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson told the BBC.
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The British Open was first staged at Turnberry in 1977 when Tom
Watson beat fellow American Jack Nicklaus by a stroke in a famous
final round which became known as the "duel in the sun."
(Reporting by Julian Linden in New York, editing by Ed Osmond)
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