Donald Trump was in Ayrshire on Monday to formally reopen the newly refurbished golf clubhouse at the Trump Turnberry rersort.
In the presence of a number of invited guests and members of staff, Mr Trump cut the ribbon to officially reopen the clubhouse after a multi million pound refurbishment programme, the first since the facility opened some 20 years or so ago.
Visitors to the refurbished facility will recognise the layout of the building as similar to the previous incarnation, however the refurbished facility gives a much brighter and airy impression than formerly.
Proudly displayed in the main hallway at present is the Ricoh Womans British Open Trophy, which will be competed for next month over the Ailsa course. The ground floor features a completely restyled professional shop and locker rooms and a vastly improved display of club trophies and other memorabilia which provide a superb focal point in the entrance hallway.
Upstairs, visitors are greeted by a replica of The Open Championship Claret Jug at the entrance to the the main bar and dining room area, now called 'The Duel In The Sun'. The area continues the bright and airy feel from downstairs, with superb furnishings and picture windows with outstanding views over the course, lighthouse, Ailsa Craig and the Firth Of Clyde. The naming of the various rooms is continued around the upper floor, to include the 'Tom Watson Conference Room'
Those with an interest in the history of golf and in particular the courses at Turnberry will be pleased to know that the historical records and photographs of championships past remain displayed throughout the clubhouse, providing an interesting and informative record of the club and courses.
At the opening of the refurbished clubhouse, Mr Trump also alluded to the progress of the renovation and addition to the hotel itself, to include a new ballroom which will be designed to seat over 1000 patrons.
Mr Trump also made mention of the timescale for the exciting proposed changes to the Ailsa course, with the course closing shortly after the Ricoh Womans British Open is played there later this year, and also made mention of the intention to remodel the second course, The Kintyre, following on from the changes to the Ailsa Course.
With the opening of the refurbished clubhouse at Trump Turnberry, another phase in the exciting refurbishment of the hotel and courses has been reached, and many golfers and others in Ayrshire and beyond will be looking forward to the next stage of the project.