Around 2005 Donald Trump purchased the Menie estate and dunes in Scotland anticipating the development of one of the greatest golf and timeshare resort communities in the world.
Since then there have been countless disputes, meetings, protests, and obstacles to navigate in order to bring this project to life.
Most recently the Scottish government’s plan to build a wind farm offshore has caused more delays in the project that is estimated to bring over 7,000 much needed jobs to the region. Here’s a quote from the UK Daily Record: ”
Mr Trump, who opposes plans for an offshore wind farm to be built near the site of his luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire, called the turbines “ugly monstrosities” and “horrendous machines”.
A planning application for an 11-turbine wind farm off Aberdeen Bay was submitted to Marine Scotland last summer. A decision is expected to be made later this year.
The businessman has halted work on his resort until the decision is made by the Scottish Government.”
Mr Trump’s argument is not one to be ignored. He makes a good point in explaining the source of the manufacturers, ownership of the energy company, and the interests of Scotland. On the other hand Scotland has a huge potential for wind energy that should be thoughtfully explored.
The timeshare aspect of the golf resort would be magnificent for the timeshare community as a whole. A world class golf resort in Scotland would drive a huge amount of tourism for the country and boost the golf community overall.