Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course Turnberry ‘is BLACKLISTED from hosting The Open

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Donald Trump’s Scottish golf course Turnberry ‘is BLACKLISTED from hosting The Open until he sells up’ with organisers worried about protests becoming a distraction

Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course in Scotland will be barred from hosting The Open until the former President sells his resort, according to reports. 

The 45th President bought the golf course in 2014, five years after the last time it staged the storied competition, and is keen to see the tournament return to the Ayrshire venue. 

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Speaking on GB News in early May whilst visiting the course, Trump claimed that ‘everybody wants to see the Open championship here,’ adding that only a few ‘minor adjustments’ would have to made to ready the course. 

As per the Telegraph, the tournament’s organising body the R&A are adamant that Turnberry remains out of contention as a host. 

The would-be 2024 presidential candidate is believed to have been told that his course would not be considered for the honour after the attack on the Capitol in January 2021, due to the perceived threat of potential protests at the event. 

Donald Trump's Turnberry golf course will not be considered as a potential host of The Open until the former President sells the estate

Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course will not be considered as a potential host of The Open until the former President sells the estate

Trump visited the course in May and was keen to pitch the venue to tournament organisers

Trump visited the course in May and was keen to pitch the venue to tournament organisers

A source inside the company stressed that the position was ‘unchanged’, adding: ‘We have no plans to stage any of our championships there in the foreseeable future and will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players, and the course itself’. 

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Another added: ‘The way it looks now, how would have to sell up before anything changes’.  

The lasting decision will come as a blow to the former President, who has been keen to show off his links to the R&A. 

In the interview with GB News, Trump shared that he had recently invested heavily in redeveloping the course on the advice of the company’s former chief executive Peter Dawson. 

‘It was done with a great architect,’ Trump said. ‘A great golf architect recommended by Peter Dawson. I said, give me the best one and (that’s) Martin Grant Hawtree. He’s a fabulous guy, a fabulous man. What he does is this type of course, he really did a great job.’ 

Trump had played up his links to the R&A but little is expected to change in the near future

Trump had played up his links to the R&A but little is expected to change in the near future

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The 45th president took part in a LIV golf event hosted at his course in Washington DC at the end of May

The 45th president took part in a LIV golf event hosted at his course in Washington DC at the end of May

As is his custom, Trump added that it was the ‘favourite course’ of The Open players and that it was ‘number one rated in Europe’. 

Trump will play host to a raft of other tournaments at his golf courses internationally this year, with the PGA Senior Championship set to take place at his links golf course on the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire in August. 

His courses are also heavily tied to the LIV Golf circuit, with the former President hosting a number of events in the series both at his courses in the US and at Doonbeg in Co Clare. 

This year’s Open will take place at the Royal Liverpool in July, marking the 13th time that the course in Merseyside has hosted the event.      

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