Businessman Donald Trump has been linked to some high-profile purchases in the sporting world as of late, and one of them has become a reality. Trump has bought Turnberry Resort in Scotland.
According to Joe Passov of Golf.com, Trump purchased the resort and golf course, which has hosted the Open Championship on four occasions, with hopes of hosting a major championship in the future.
"It was an opportunity, as far as I was concerned," Trump said. "Turnberry is considered one of the greatest courses in the world. It's a special place. It's an important place."
Trump is known for being very hands-on when it comes to his assets, and while he does intend to make improvements to the Turnberry Hotel, he has no plans to change the golf course:
Some of the greatest championships in the history of golf have taken place at Turnberry. And the golf course itself is considered one of the greatest in the world. Some rate it as the best in the world. I'm not going to touch a thing unless the Royal and Ancient ask for it or approve it. I have the greatest respect for the R&A and for (R&A chief executive) Peter Dawson. I won't do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval.
Despite Trump's insistence that he will keep the integrity of Turnberry intact, some observers are a bit skeptical. BBC's Tom English quipped that Trump might build a shrine to himself:
Donald Trump on the verge of buying Turnberry. He's gonna have the lighthouse removed and replaced with an 80ft statue of himself— Tom English (@TomEnglishSport) April 30, 2014
Trump appears to have a great deal of respect for Turnberry, though, and there is no question that he has the acumen to make the Open Championship a huge success when it ultimately returns to Turnberry.
This purchase is certainly interesting in the wake of Trump being linked to the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Trump has even gone so far as to outwardly express interest and announce his intention to keep the team in Buffalo if he is able to purchase it, per Tim Graham of The Buffalo News.
"I'm going to give it a heavy shot," Trump said. "I would love to do it, and if I can do it I'm keeping it in Buffalo."
Will Trump be good for Turnberry?
Trump is a very rich man, but it remains to be seen if his purchase of Turnberry will impact his interest in the Bills. Trump obviously isn't averse to making hefty investments, so perhaps he is just getting started.
Trump tends to be loud and boisterous, so he doesn't always endear himself to people, but he knows how to generate interest.
With that in mind, Turnberry Resort should thrive under Trump's leadership. Turnberry is already a legendary brand, and the Trump brand figures to enhance it.
When the Open Championship graces Turnberry once again, it will unquestionably be bigger and better than ever before.
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