Donald Trump has decided to move forward with plans to design his second golf course at Trump International Golf Links, following unprecedented demand for his first.
The news has led to Sandy Jones, chief executive of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), wondering whether the two courses will be the best two in the world.
In less than four months, 10,000 people played the first Scottish course, which followed years of planning and development.
Sarah Malone, executive vice president, Trump International Golf Links, said: "We've had a phenomenal first season and the course is in magnificent shape. It was intended as a soft opening but the bookings far exceeded our expectations and our tee-sheets were fully booked during the peak summer months. We are now preparing for an even busier second season - our rates have been increased and bookings continue to soar for 2013."
The first championship links course features seven to eight tee boxes on each hole, providing access to all levels of golfer, from the local amateur to the international pro.
Statistics on usage in 2012 finds that around 50 per cent of the visitors came from overseas, including from across Europe and as far afield as the USA and Canada to Japan and China, while the local population also took full advantage of the preferential rates on offer.
Trump has now decided to move forward with designs for his second 18-hole championship course, which forms part of his overall vision and approved detailed masterplan for the £750 million resort. The architect chosen to design the course is Dr Martin Hawtree.
Donald J Trump stated: "Hawtree is the greatest. He's the only man for the job."
Martin Hawtree celebrated its centenary year during the opening of Trump International Golf Links, Scotland this year and is one of the most acclaimed links golf architects in the world. Now commissioned to design the second course, Hawtree said: "If there is one word which expresses the experience of players here as well as my own experience as an architect working here, it is 'privilege'. Now that privilege is to be extended further still for architect and player alike in the development of the planned second course.
The site at Menie is huge and Mr Trump cannot wait to reveal to the golfing public the extraordinary riches and scale of the property's landscape and topography. The second course will contrast boldly with its high-flying neighbour by exploring in relaxed manner the beauties of the land behind the dunes: the sea of heather-clad undulations, the several isolated small lochs, the network of burns, the higher ground behind this land that provides fine views of the whole links.
"Not to be outdone, the second course also rises up into the dunes at the southern end and nods in acquaintance to the 4th and 5th holes of the first course. I look forward greatly to continuing my work with Mr Trump in helping to unlock the vast potential and richness of the site in the process of developing a second 18-hole course."
Commenting on the prospect of a second course at Trump International, Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA, said: "The real story for me this week is that Martin Hawtree will now commence his planning of the second course on this site. I would doubt if it will be so dramatic but I suspect that knowing Martin and Donald it will be outstanding. Just a closing thought … could the number one and two courses in the world sit side by side in the north east of Scotland? Only time will tell."
Article sourced from Golf Club Management