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Hawtree hopes to land on the fairway with Donald Trump golf-course design

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Golf-course architect Hawtree has been picked to design billionaire Donald Trump's controversial Balmedie course in Aberdeen, Scotland

The news follows hot on the heels of the publication last week of a negative report by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) (Watchdog says Donald Trump's £1 billion golf course proposals should not be allowed to tee off) which lambasted Trump's golf resort scheme, which is being worked on by US practice Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, as well as local architect Roger Laird from SMC Jenkins and Marr.

Oxfordshire-based Hawtree, whose previous courses include Royal Birkdale, Portmarnock and Carnoustie, has pledged to design the course in keeping with the highly sensitive local environment.

But design watchdogs and conservationists claim the massive scheme, featuring two 18-hole links golf courses, a 450-room hotel, a conference centre and spa, 950 holiday homes, 36 golf villas and 500 houses, will blight a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It is understood proposals for the resort will go before planners in the next few weeks.

by Clive Walker

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