Tee time: Donald Trump's controversial course opens to first golfers

Donald Trump, above, wants to build a championship golf course along with a hotel and apartments on the Menie Estate.
On course: But Donald Trump has put plans for a hotel on hold over wind farm plans.© STV

The first golfers are teeing off on Sunday at Donald Trump's controversial multimillion-pound golf resort in Aberdeenshire.

The US tycoon officially opened the Trump International Golf Links last week.

Mr Trump has clashed with local residents, environmentalists, wind farm manufacturers and the Scottish First Minister since buying the land on the Menie Estate seven years ago, but said the battle has been worth it.

Plans for a hotel and houses on the estate have been put on hold until a decision is made on a proposed wind farm off the coast.

Last week, the businessman was piped on to the 18-hole course, which is three miles long, before cutting a ribbon and striking the first ball with former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie to declare the resort officially open.

The course is said to be open to all and people can have a game on a "pay-per-play" basis, with discounts of 20% offered to residents of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Mr Trump has dubbed his course the "greatest golf course anywhere in the world".

"It's a special place, Scotland is a special place. I think this is great for golf, and what's great for golf is good for Scotland because Scotland is the home front for the game," he said.

Mr Trump also said he remains confident that the offshore wind farm proposal in the North Sea will be rejected and plans to expand the resort will continue.

"As soon as we find out that they are not going to destroy Scotland by building wind mills all over the place we will start immediately on the hotel," he said. "We're all set with it."

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