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Trump International Golf Links – Golf at any cost?

Trump 3rdGreenTrump International Golf Links is open and like many with a professional interest in the game I would normally want to know how this new links has turned out. Sadly, since seeing Anthony Baxter's documentary 'You've been Trumped', I only want the wind to blow constantly from the South so the previously northerly mobile dune system might bury the place. Michael-Forbes

The lack of respect, intimidation, bullying and total disregard for the welfare of his neighbours that Trump has shown is repugnant. The deplorable treatment that his organisation has meted out to Michael Forbes, David Milne, Susan Munro and Molly Forbes in the name of golf development is sickening to me, and should be to others who earn their living from this game.

What concerns me is the unusual silence from the golf industry and its press since the screening of Baxter's expose, which, given the controversial nature of this film is somewhat disconcerting. Other than the usual round of golf course reviews, written by golf journalists who have played the course on a PR freebie, I cannot find any industry comment on the Baxter film or its content. This lack of comment is disappointing as I cannot see how Donald Trump's approach to the realisation of this project can have done anything but damage to the reputation of golf as a sport. A sport that I have spent most of my working life in and who's reputation in the wider world I care a lot for.

Those that see golf as an elitist sport, played by the 'haves', who section off tracks of land for their own exclusive pleasure, must be saying 'I told you so'. To their eternal credit I did not hear the home owners, who were the subjects of the documentary, adopt this attitude and blame golf or golfers. Even though they were, and still may be, under treat of compulsory purchase, severed water supplies, land grab, close up high bunding and security shadowing. Thankfully it is Trump, those in his employ and those seen to be in support of him, namely Alex Salmond, the SNP and Grampian Police that are the focus of their justifiable ire.

In the last twenty years, golf and its stewards have had to work very hard to prove its sound environmental and social credentials. Trump's 'build it so that I cannot see the outside world' approach is totally counterproductive to all these efforts. What makes Trump's aggressive approach to obtaining exclusivity even more polarised is, that it is taking place in the home of golf, Scotland, where more than any other country in the world, the game is accessible to all.

I do not believe that any golfer with a conscience, having watched 'You've been Trumped', could give the Trump organisation a £200 greenfee and enjoy their round. They may only be small in number, they may only been seen as small people by their large loud neighbour, but they are people, people who I think are far more important than a game of golf.

I have no intention of supporting Trump International Golf Links by remaining silent and fully support the actions of Tripping Up Trump. As a person earning my living and reputation out of the game of golf I am not prepared to support golf at any cost.

Article sourced from Kevin Munt

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calcallaby
11 Nov 2012
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A day without sunshine is like errrm night.

I agree with all that's been said in this article including the industry's silence over the whole affair. Outright industry condemnation after the program may have had some influence in the latter stages of this developement.
Those who jumped on the PR bandwagon by accepting the freebies on offer and gave free publicity also have a lot to answer for, without that publicity it would be harder, to have shunned it would send out a strong message of disapproval.
Well done Kevin, you speak for many in the industry.
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calcallaby
11 Nov 2012
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A day without sunshine is like errrm night.

http://www.trippinguptrump.com/links
Take some time out to watch these videos, interesting stuff.
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Kevin Munt
12 Nov 2012
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Thank you For the support Cal
Kevin
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calcallaby
12 Nov 2012
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A day without sunshine is like errrm night.

You are welcome Kevin, be nice to see (many) others showing support for those people involved in the land grab by this greedy, selfish egomaniac.
Cal
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Seve
12 Nov 2012
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Kevin a quick question, if your wish for the course to be covered in sand was to materialise, what would happen to the greenstaff?
Become unemployed, be out of work ..surely you would not wish this on industry colleagues?
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calcallaby
12 Nov 2012
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A day without sunshine is like errrm night.

Personally I would rather be unemployed than work for such a man, a matter of conscience, but each to his own I suppose.
We all know that golf has gone through some tough times, work has been scarce, getting shortlisted for the few places available has been very hard and taking a job on a prestigious development must have been sent from the gods.
It later comes to light that the god send was not all it seemed; it came from a man who only THINKS he is God, looking down disdainfully on the rest of the world from the top of trump towers, planning on whom to trample on, bully and intimidate next.
Not for me I’m glad to say but as mentioned before, each to his own.
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Kevin Munt
12 Nov 2012
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I would not wish any greenkeeper out of work but if those local residents have to live with that awful bund next to their home or worst still have CPO's placed on them for a game of golf then yes. One Course Manager has already gone because he could not cope with the demands put on him by Trump either that or he was pushed.
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Kenny wilson
15 Nov 2012
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Kevin I played the course in the height of the summer currently a member of a neighbouring course up here in Aberdeen. Couple of things, the course is like nothing I have ever seen before, dunes untouched amazing views must I go on? As for the neighbours in the area they are quite out the way but as was looking for my ball in the rough I looked over and seen this what looks like a large scrap yard old rust diesel tanks tractors sheds metals it looks terrible it was 1 of the neighbours that was on that one sided programme. My point is have u seen the course to comment on it have you read the amazing reviews have u seen these people's houses. I mean who are u to comment if u have not even seen the course?just a thought Kevin??
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Kevin Munt
15 Nov 2012
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Hi Kenny,
I have no doubt that the course is great to play and the setting a joy, my comments are not about the course they are about the cost to the local people and the environment. The buildings you refer to are the property of Michael Forbes who has chosen to continue his life, as best as possible, next to the development. His life is like that of many crofters or small holders in Scotland and he wants it to continue. Remember he has to look over the fence at a different view as well, a view that he might find as socially unaceptable as you do of his property. And here is the rub, my blog post is about human rights and the outsiders view of golf development not the esthetics or course layout or maintenance. To answer you question I have not seen the course but I did not see Osama Bin Laden's death but I belive the Americans when they say they killed him. My point is we see very little in the world first hand so have to draw our conclusions based on the information presented. Now you are the first to know this but I was invited to view the Links and meet the neigbours by the Trump Organisation today and have agreed to come up soon. Keep enjoying your golf and try to keep it in play so that you don't have to look over the fence:)

Kevin
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