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Tee is for Trump in grand triangle, and the American tycoon is not usually to be denied ...

Donald J Trump doesn't do things by halves.

Donald Trump has great ambitions for Turnberry as well as his Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, where he is pictured with Colin Montgomerie. Picture: Stewart Attwood

And if he did, they would probably be the biggest, boldest and best halves known to man.

His private 757 jet has been careering around like the famous Starship that flew heavy rock gods Led Zeppelin from gig to gig in their pomp. These are Trump's fairways to Heaven. One day he was at Doonberg, his recently acquired resort in Ireland. The next it was Turnberry, the latest addition to his burgeoning portfolio. Yesterday he touched down in Aberdeen to pop into "his baby" on the Menie estate.

In this self-proclaimed 'Trump Triangle' - and by a geographical triangle we mean a straight line - it is Turnberry that is causing most intrigue on these shores at the moment. His purchase of the celebrated Ayrshire links has put him on a potential fasttrack towards an Open Championship and the bold Donald is keen to get cracking.

While maintaining that he will make only "tweaks" to this historic, cherished piece of golfing terrain, Trump also has some ambitious visions for the storied Ailsa course.

The signature stretch of holes, from the iconic 9th, through the 10th and 11th, could be in for some cosmetic surgery. This is tweaking, Trump-style.

"There are things at Turnberry that the Royal & Ancient have said for almost 30 years that they would love to do and that is moving the ninth, 10th and 11th right on to the rocks," said the American tycoon of that coastal sequence out by the famous lighthouse. "They have thought about that concept for maybe 35 years, but nobody has got round to doing it. I would never do anything without the R&A's blessing but we will certainly look at that.

"They are spectacular holes but they could be even more spectacular. It's tweaking. There's a difference between building a new course, like we did here [at Menie], and tweaking a great course."

The neighbouring Kintyre course could also be in a for a bit more than a nip here and a tuck there. "One of the things I may do at Turnberry is build a second course due to the fact it's an amazing piece of land and, by that, I mean looking at replacing the Kintyre course," Trump added.

"The land is so good and if I did it it would be a fabulous new course. We have a massive piece of land and the facility is so good. Turnberry is going to do 60,000 rounds this year; that's a lot of rounds."

There are no indications as yet when the Open will return to Turnberry, the site of the great 'Duel in Sun' between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977.

With rumours growing that Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland could return to the championship's rota, as well as talk down in Wales about Royal Porthcawl coming on board, there have been suggestions that Turnberry may be the venue sacrificed. It is one of the lowest attended of all the Opens, as a consequence of its relative remoteness, but Trump's trumpeting will have them flocking to it from far and wide. Well, that's what he is hoping.

"If we are lucky enough to get the Open, I think it will be one of the most successful Opens they've ever had," he roared triumphantly. "I also think the crowds would be among the largest the event has ever had because the facility can handle big crowds."

The Trump factor, and a huge investment into its hotel, is about to hit Turnberry. Back in Aberdeen, his aforementioned "baby" remains the apple of his eye. "We are very proud of this," he said. "Aberdeen is booming because of what we did here and so are the other courses.

"Visitor rounds at Cruden Bay, for example, are up by 58%. People are playing here and going round the other places. We have great neighbours and they have supported us."

With the Scottish Open coming to nearby Royal Aberdeen this summer, Trump still wants his own slice of tournament golf up the road at Balmedie. "I think we are closer to realising that ambition due to the fact we've had such high ratings for this course," said Trump, who has always expressed an enthusiasm to bring a World Golf Championship event to the north-east and, with typical, unshackled ambition, even a Ryder Cup.

"Having a Ryder Cup here would be a great honour and I think it would be [viewed as such] here more than anywhere else."

The Donald certainly doesn't do things by halves.

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