Donald Trump given Ryder Cup encouragement with claim golf course is on steroids

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A golf course owned by Donald Trump is ready to hold major championships and even the Ryder Cup, according to its executive vice president. The Trump International Links in Aberdeenshire hosted the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship last month, receiving widespread praise from players and spectators alike.

The Legends Tour flagship event was the biggest tournament to be held at the Scottish course since it opened in 2012.

Sarah Malone, the executive vice president of Trump International believes that this is just the start for a venue that was very much built with major competitions in mind.

She told the Scottish Press & Journal: “Trump International Golf Links, Scotland was built to the highest specifications and standards, and has the capacity to hold any scale of tournament, no matter the number of spectators.

“The beauty of this extraordinary site is the natural amphitheatres created by towering dunes and elevated platforms around the course which lends itself to hosting large events on the scale of the Ryder Cup.

“As part of the early design process, a network of pathways and ‘belvedere’ platforms were specifically and carefully designed throughout the dunes to allow spectators to move around the course during future large-scale events.

“Trump International Golf Links, Scotland is the ultimate tournament setting and lacks nothing, and there is no question that we will host many great golfing events in the years to come.”

The PGA Seniors Championship was won by former European Tour star Peter Baker, with fans allowed to follow the players around on the fairway behind, creating intimate access to the action.

Her confident and ambitious viewpoint is backed up by Trump’s son Eric Trump, who is in charge of the Trump Organisation’s global gold properties.

He said: “The history of tournaments that will be held at this property is going to be long and very, very distinguished. Go down the checklist of things you need for a major, it has every one of them on steroids.”

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Eric Trump also confirmed that the venue was already in talks about staging a LIV golf event in the future. The course also has a verbal agreement to hold the PGA Seniors Championship again next year, but on an earlier date to coincide with the school holidays.

Aberdeen’s Paul Lawrie, who won The Open in 1999, played in last month’s legends event. He added: “Every player loves the course and thinks it is amazing – which it is.”

Donald Trump has previously called for his Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland to be used for the Open Championship but has so far faced resistance from the R&A.

In January, chief executive Martin Slumbers said that his organisation “had no plans to stage any of our championships at Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future”.

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