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Donald Trump's Scots golf courses lose nearly £9.5m in year

Trump Turnberry made a loss of £8.39m in 2015 and Trump International lost £1.09m.

Donald Trump: Billionaire at his Trump Turnberry resort in June.
Donald Trump: Billionaire at his Trump Turnberry resort in June. © HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

Donald Trump's Scottish golf courses lost nearly £9.5m last year, it has emerged.

Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire reported a loss of £8.39m in 2015, while Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire lost £1.09m.

Trump International has made a loss every year since it opened, losing £1.13m in 2014, £1.82m in 2013 and £1.74m in 2012.

Mr Trump promised to create 800 jobs there but just 95 people worked at the resort last year.

A total of 344 people worked at Turnberry when the billionaire bought the course and hotel in 2014 but that had fallen to 337 by the end of 2015.

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In his director's report about Trump Turnberry, Mr Trump's son Eric wrote: "Turnover for the resort has reduced by 13% from 2014 to 2015, as a result of the closure of the hotel and Ailsa course during the final quarter of 2015.

"Upon completion of the construction project, it is expected that revenue will increase as the property is re-established as an industry leading resort.

"The directors believe that the resort will return to profitability in the short to medium term."

On Trump International, he said: "Revenues in 2015 have increased 7.4% compared to 2014, in spite of the economic downturn experienced in the north east of Scotland due to the collapse of the oil prices.

"Looking forward, services will continue to expand and develop, with further capital investment planned."

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A spokesman for the Trump Organisation added: "Mr Trump has made major investments at both Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links, creating two of the greatest golf resorts in the world which accounts for the fiscal picture to date. 

"Both resorts have received plaudits and critical acclaim for their outstanding facilities and exceptional levels of service as well as numerous industry accolades recognising the commitment to excellence that is synonymous with the Trump brand."

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