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Billionaire Donald Trump seeks designer for Scottish golf centre

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World famous tycoon Donald Trump is set to launch an architectural competition for a clubhouse and hotel at a massive new golf course development in Scotland.

The American entrepreneur is to hold what he calls an 'architectural beauty parade' for the 320ha site in the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

At the moment he is working with locally-based SMC Jenkins and Marr and US giant Wimberley Allison Tong and Goo, which has drawn up these concepts ( pictured).

The project, which will be known as Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, will comprise two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel, a golf academy, a turf-grass research centre and a residential development.

Whoever wins the extraordinary competition will have to deal personally with Trump, star of American TV show The Apprentice, who is a notoriously hard taskmaster.

Speaking earlier this year, Ashley Cooper, executive vice president for the Trump Organisation, said: 'Our goal is to create the greatest links golf courses in Scotland as part of a golf development that will become the finest in Europe, if not the world.'

by Ed Dorrell

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