Billionaire golf enthusiast Donald Trump is lining up to buy the Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland.
According to the Daily Record, the property is currently being considered for $58.9 million. The resort is currently owned by Leisurecorp, a subsidiary of the Dubai government, and has been up for sale since the onset of the global financial crises. Leisurecorp first bought the resort and it's accompanying hotel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $87.5 million in 2008.
Construction Week Online reported that Trump is interested in the property as it plans to host its fifth Open in the next decade. This is surprising, as Trump previously stated he would no longer invest in Scotland after falling out with the Scottish government over its plans to construct an offshore wind farm in the country's Aberdeen Bay. Trump believed the wind farm would disrupt the view from his nearby golf resort, but lost the case in court.
Trump currently owns 16 golf courses worldwide.
The resort's hotel has 149 guestrooms and eight restaurants, and is currently managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
"We can't comment on press speculation but should the estate change hands, then Starwood expect to continue to manage Turnberry under the Luxury Collection Brand, independent of any potential change in ownership of the estate and building," a spokeswoman for Starwood Hotels and Resorts told the Herald Scotland.