US tycoon Donald Trump has spoken of his pleasure at acquiring the Turnberry golf resort, which he has pledged to make “even more spectacular”.
The businessman flew into Aberdeen on his private jet today following his first visit to the Ayrshire resort since he announced the purchase.
It follows his visit to the Doonbeg links golf course in Co Clare on Tuesday, where he said he would invest €45m.
The deal will close in around five weeks but Mr Trump did not reveal the price tag, and said only that he paid “a lot” for a resort which includes the Open Championship golf course.
Turnberry brings the number of golf resorts owned by the property magnate to 17.
Speaking on board his Boeing 757 jet, Mr Trump said he will spend around $200m to make the Turnberry hotel “the finest in Europe”, but plans only to “tweak” the renowned course – and not without the blessing of the Royal & Ancient.
He said: “We’ll bring it to a level that it’s never been before.
“It’s going to be spectacular. It’s rated the number one course in the world and we’re going to be working with the Royal & Ancient on certain things that are going to be even more spectacular.
“We’re going to spend a tremendous amount of money – probably about 200 million US dollars – on bringing the hotel to the highest standards of luxury.
“I think it’ll be the finest hotel in Europe when it’s finished.”
Asked about plans for the course, he said: “Turnberry has been a great course for many years. With Turnberry, you don’t talk about a redesign, you talk about tweaking. You can’t do a redesign.
“I wouldn’t do anything without the absolute blessing of the R&A.”
Mr Trump was accompanied on his Aberdeen trip by daughter Ivanka.
It is his first visit this year to the Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie on the Aberdeenshire coast, which opened in July 2012.
Plans for a second golf course, club house and hotel are on hold amid a bitter dispute over a proposed wind farm adjacent to the resort.