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Trump’s Triumphs, Trump’s Travails

It’s been an interesting few weeks for Donald Trump. The redesign of the Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral (that’s the new 6th hole, above) was revealed to positive reviews, including this one from LINKS Editor George Peper. And earlier this week, it was announced that the Trump Organization had bought Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland, which includes a Greg Norman-designed course and 219-room lodge. But even The Donald can’t win them all. The same day he nabbed Doonbeg, his plans for a second course at his club near Aberdeen, Scotland, took a hit when a Scottish court refused to block the construction of windmills in the North Sea. Trump had strongly objected to the turbines, which will be visible from his property, saying they will be an eyesore. As a result of the ruling his company withdrew plans for the second course, which Trump had planned to name after his mother. According to the Scottish Express, a Trump spokesperson said, “Trump is investing heavily in golf across the globe, most recently in Dubai, Miami, and now Ireland, while Scotland is missing out.” The day after the ruling, Trump himself angered people on both sides of the Atlantic by saying, “Wind farms are a disaster for Scotland like Pan Am 103 [referring to the Boeing 747 that blew up over Lockerbie in December 1988], an abomination, only sustained with government subsidy.” Trump’s organization has said it will continue to fight the court ruling.

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