Donald Trump Buys Four-Time British Open Golf Course

The Donald has bought the Turnberry golf course, a Scottish course that has served as four-time host to the British Open.

On April 29, Trump announced the acquisition of Turnberry, adding the famed links to his growing golf empire.

"It is an honor and privilege to own one of golf's greatest and most exciting properties," Trump said.

Though the full terms of the deal were not released, London's Independent reported that Trump handed over $63 million to Dubai's Leisurecorp for the picturesque links.

Turnberry, located in Ayrshire along the Scottish coast, becomes Trump's 17th golf course, including 12 in the U.S.

Trump has renovated many of his golf properties, but the real estate mogul told Golf.com that he has no intentions of making changes at Turnberry.

"I'm not going to touch a thing unless the Royal & Ancient ask for it or approve it," Trump said. "I have the greatest respect for the R&A and for (chief executive) Peter Dawson. I won't do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval."

The billionaire was copy when asked if he would add his own name to the course, though. "'Trump Turnberry’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? We'll make that decision fairly soon--in a couple of days."

Trump has been seeking the right property to realize his ambition of owning a course that could host a major title.

But with the long tradition Turnberry has in the world of golf, Trump may find pressure to keep the name as is.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com


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