VIPs, guests and members gathered at a special ribbon cutting ceremony and launch reception hosted by Mr Donald J. Trump and his son, Mr Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization.
The historic clubhouse, home to four Open Championships, has been lavishly refurbished in its design and decoration, creating an unrivalled destination for golfers and visitors.
Changes have included the creation of a new East-facing balcony, an extended retail shop, and a new restaurant named “The Duel in the Sun” in honour of the legendary play-off between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the 1977 Open Championship. Also new to the clubhouse is a replica claret jug which is on display along with a collection of memorabilia which reflects the resort’s rich Open history.
The renovation of the clubhouse completes the first phase of a two year extensive upgrade to Trump Turnberry which commenced last year and includes dramatic and sensitive improvements to the Ailsa Championship course, a rebuilding of the Kintyre course, and a world class makeover of the hotel to the highest standards of luxury. All of this work will begin in October.
Speaking at the clubhouse, Mr Donald J Trump, Chairman and President of the Trump Organization, commented; “Our vision for Trump Turnberry is to make this unique and special place the finest golf resort in the world. I am honoured to unveil the new clubhouse and I hope that our members and guests from all over the world enjoy the first class facilities. With the work we’ve carried out on the clubhouse, it is on track to becoming the world’s most impressive 19th hole.
“I would like to thank the members for their unanimous support for all our plans here at Trump Turnberry, including the plans for the Ailsa and Kintyre which are very exciting and will bring the course and the facilities to world leading standards.”
The renovation has created a richly decorated, well-appointed clubhouse featuring the highest of specifications. Every inch has been improved, including the locker rooms which have been reconfigured to include more lockers without comprising on space and furnished in mahogany and gold.
The Duel in the Sun restaurant, which commands exceptional views over the golf course, has been redesigned with a new food concept using a steak and lobster theme. While a number of food favourites for golfers remain, new additions include a Josper Grill menu which uses a unique a Spanish cooking style adding a delicious charcoal flavour to meat or fish.
The unrivalled golfing history of the resort has also been acknowledged with the creation of new meeting rooms, including the new Champions Suite and Tom Watson Boardroom. A new business centre is also new and now in operation, while the professional shop has almost doubled in size and now offers 3,600sq ft of retail space and will stock the latest of Trump Turnberry merchandise and apparel.