Reports claim Trump set to buy Turnberry

Tycoon currently building golf course in Dubai with developer Damac

Turnberry, the iconic Scottish golf resort.
Turnberry, the iconic Scottish golf resort.

US tycoon Donald Trump is reportedly set to buy Turnberry, the iconic Scottish golf resort, from Leisurecorp, a subsidiary of the Dubai government.

According to media reports, Trump, who is building a new golf course in Dubai in a deal with developer Damac, is said to be close to a £35mn ($58.8mn) deal for the course which is expected to host its fifth Open in the next decade.

The government unit bought the resort, which includes a 5 star hotel, for £55mn in 2008.

Located in Ayrshire, Turnberry has hosted the Open four times, including the famed "Duel in the Sun" in 1977 between Jack Nicklaus and a victorious Tom Watson.

Trump currently owns 16 golf resorts around the globe and is developing Trump Estates which includes more than 100 luxury villas overlooking a Trump-branded golf course within the Akoya by Damac.

The 18-hole PGA Championship golf course, to be named Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, will be spread across 6,588 metres and have a par of 71. 

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