- The property tycoon had some hair trouble as he toured his newly acquired Scotland golf course by helicopter today
- But his swirled dyed-blonde mop remained on his head, putting paid to rumors he sports a toupee
- Trump was visiting Turnberry in Ayreshire, which he purchased last month and quickly renamed ‘Trump Turnberry’
- The course is one of the world’s most iconic golf resorts
Daily Mail Reporter
08:35 EST, 2 July 2014
16:49 EST, 2 July 2014
Donald Trump had some hair trouble as he toured his newly acquired Scotland golf course by helicopter today – but his swirled dyed-blonde mop remained on his head, putting paid to rumors he sports a toupee.
The property tycoon’s fair locks blew in every direction as the 68-year-old’s namesake chopper’s propeller sent a huge gust of wind his way.
Trump was visiting Turnberry in Ayreshire, one of the world’s most iconic golf resorts that he purchased last month and quickly renamed ‘Trump Turnberry.’
He said he added his name to the resort not for his ‘ego’ but to make the course ‘more successful.’
Windy: Donald Trump had some hair trouble as he arrived by helicopter to the his newly acquired Scotland gold course on Wednesday
No toupee: His swirled dyed-blonde mop of hair remained on his head, putting paid to rumors he sports a toupee
He has pledged to spend more than $170 million to renovate the hotel that overlooks the famous course and said there will be some potential changes to it over the next few years, particularly holes nine to 11.
The cost of the purchase has not been revealed but the tycoon said the hotel is debt-free and there is no mortgage on the property.
At a press conference in the Turnberry hotel today, Mr Trump said he discussed the name change with ‘important people’ in Scotland and the world of golf and said he would not have changed it if he thought it would have a negative impact.
Sitting at a large bay window overlooking the famous Ailsa course with a Trump-branded helicopter on the hotel lawn, he said: ‘I looked at the name change in the form of logos and it looks so incredible.
Thumbs up: Donald Trump poses beside his helicopter prior to taking a flight over his recent acquisition
You’re fired: Donald Trump gives his trademark ‘You’re Fired’ as he stands in front of the Turnberry hotel with the famous links behind him
‘One of the things that I think is good (about the Trump organization) is we have tremendous success, our buildings are tremendously successful, so if you add it, I’m not doing it for ego, I’m doing it because it’s going to make the place more successful.
‘If I thought it was going to hurt Turnberry I wouldn’t use the name but it’s going to make this great resort much more successful than it has been and that’s the primary reason I’m doing it.
‘If I thought it would have a negative impact, I would not do it. I want to see incredible success for this resort beyond anything else.’
He added: ‘I actually asked some people that are very important in Scotland, although I won’t get them in trouble by saying their name, but I’ve spoken to very important and very powerful political people and I said “what do you think of the idea of Trump Turnberry?”
Comb over: Donald Trump addresses the media on his recent acquisition, with his locks combed over his forehead
Support: Donald Trump’s son Eric, right, sat alongside his father as he addressed the media on his recent acquisition while his wife Melinda, left, looked on
‘Everyone said that they would love it, I spoke to the higher-ups in the world of golf and one of them said it used to be called Westin Turnberry when the Japanese owned it, I think Trump Turnberry sounds much better.’
Mr Trump was joined at the press conference by his son Eric and golf course architect Martin Ebert who highlighted the changes that could be made to the course.
Turnberry is on the rota of courses that can stage the Open Championship and Mr Trump said that was a factor is his decision to purchase the resort.
‘It’s a magnificent tournament, I’ve watched it for so many years and never missed it,’ he said.
Crowd pleaser: Trump does his ‘You’re Fired’ act at his newly purchased Turnberry Golf Course
This is Trump’s second Scottish course
‘It’s just an honor to be associated with the Royal and Ancient (golf governing body) and the tournament potentially.
‘It’s already had four Opens and the women are coming next year, which I consider very important, and I think the greatness of this course will lead to others, it has to.
‘We have now the greatest canvass in all of golf so ultimately people can’t avoid it.’
It is Mr Trump’s second Scottish course, following on from his Aberdeenshire resort which opened in July 2012.
Plans for a second golf course, club house and hotel on the same site remain on hold amid a bitter dispute over a proposed wind farm adjacent to the resort, but Mr Trump said the current course is a success and has been a ‘big boost’ for Aberdeen.