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Trump Tees Up Another 'Hole in One' in Scotland

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As the golf world celebrates the triumphs of Jordan Spieth, the first teen to win a PGA Tour in 82 years, Donald Trump is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of his latest golf course in Scotland. So far, the Trump International Golf Links, located in the Scottish Highlands in Aberdeen, has been a huge success, according to Trump. We spoke last week to discuss his crown jewel golf course and its winning ways.

As many know, I have been following Trump's deals and I wanted to find out why the real estate legend was so proud of his one-year old baby (golf course). Prior to speaking with the billionaire, I researched (by Googling) Trump's 2000 acre resort and glazed over the photos of the 4-mile long North Sea and spectacular sand dunes. I found this interesting review from Martin Kauffman with

"Trump International Golf Links is a triumph of design -- a bold, stirring seaside layout that already is driving more golf tourists to the Scottish Highlands."
We all know Trump as perhaps one of the world's best real estate promoters and I knew that there was a lot of hype behind Trump's celebrity status. But seems to cut right to the chase:

"Trump International Golf Links Scotland is billed by its owner (Trump) as the 'World's greatest' golf course.' Trump Scotland might turn out to be as good as advertised."

Since the inception of the project, Trump has spent in excess of $100 million in improvements and the golf course officially opened last summer and is now in its first full season of play. This is a "pay and play" course, so anyone who loves the game of golf can play (The standard green-fee is £195 per player).

Alex Miceli of GolfWeek calls Trump Scotland a "top-rated new course (in the GB&I rankings). ... It's a terrific combination of new design with old-world land, Miceli reports. This property, located on the Menie Estate along the North Sea, is "one of the most picturesque in the world."

There is no doubt that Trump's stake in Scotland has made a positive impact on the area. In my interview with Trump, he said the Trump International Golf Links has the "largest dunes in the world" and it "can't be duplicated." The billionaire went on to say that the "play has been tremendous" and the success has been a "wonderful thing for the people in Scotland."