A LOCAL authority team has shown its support for proposals to create Donald Trump’s second North-east golf course.
Aberdeenshire Council’s business development team has expressed backing for plans to build another course at the tycoon’s Menie Estate, near Balmedie.
The new MacLeod course – as it would be called if it’s approved – has been designed by Martin Hawtree, who designed Trump International’s other Championship golf course, which opened to the public in July 2012.
In a letter to council planners, Douglas Rennie, business development executive at Aberdeenshire Council, said a new course would benefit the area following the downturn in the oil and gas industry.
He said: “The creation of a new golf course will, in itself, create a number of job opportunities in a sector that, domestically, is struggling.
“Aberdeenshire has witnessed closures of golf courses in the recent past at, for example, Inchmarlo and East Aberdeenshire, as the demand for golf in the domestic market has fallen away.
“So this proposal will provide a welcome boost to employment in this sector.
“In addition to the direct jobs created, there will also be indirect job opportunities created, as a result of the visitors coming to the area to play golf, (who) will have other needs e.g. accommodation, food and drink etc.
“All of which will generate an increase in economic growth.”