No Surprise To Learn The R & A Has Blacklisted Trump Turnberry From Hosting The Open

It is hardly a surprise to learn the R & A has ‘blacklisted’ Trump Turnberry from hosting any further Open Championship while bearing the Trump name.

It’s 14-years ago Turnberry last hosted golf’s oldest major with the staging of the 2009 Open won by Stewart Cink when he defeated Tom Watson in a play-off.

Trump purchased the Turnberry complex five years later and with strong suggestions then in 2014 that while Turnberry was now under Trump ownership  it was off the Open Championship rota.

Trump Turnberry

Soon after purchase, Trump shut down the resort having arranged for Martin Elbert to redesigned the famed Alisa Course ahead of a great reopening in 2016 (attended by this writer), and with even Trump’s harshest critics singing the praise of Elbert’s work.

However, it meant nothing to those at the R and A and that very much remains the case, and now reindorsed with major London newspapers citing an unnamed R and A source as saying: ‘We have no plans to stage any of our championships there in the foreseeable future and will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players, and the course itself’.

Another added: “The way it looks now, how would have to sell up before anything changes”.

However, close golf observers will recall it was former R and A CEO Peter Dawson who advised Trump on who he should approach to redesign Trump Turnberry, and it was Dawson who advised Trump when the now 2024 Presidential candidate who he should approach to design Trump Scotland just to the north of Aberdeen, and with Dawson recommending Martin Hawtree.

And in a recent interview with GB News, Trump shared that he had recently invested heavily in redeveloping the course on the advice of Dawson.

‘It was done with a great architect,’ Trump said. ‘A great golf architect recommended by Peter Dawson. I said, give me the best one and (that’s) Martin Grant Hawtree. He’s a fabulous guy, a fabulous man. What he does is this type of course, he really did a great job.’

Of course, we’ve seen since the emergence of LIV Golf that Trump has managed to attract the new golf tour to many of his Trump brand courses.

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