Golf

Trump opens Scottish course

Updated 1743 GMT (0143 HKT) July 10, 2012
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Trump (second from the right) cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the Trump International Golf Links.
Trump, who has delayed plans to build an extended $1 billion resort on the east coast of Scotland, hits the course's first ever shot.
Trump has long been an avid golfer, with a reported low single-figure handicap. He has even published a book compiling advice on the game he has received from his favorite professionals.
Former Ryder Cup European team captain Colin Montgomerie was the star chosen by Trump to have a swing at the new course.
Trump, far left, marches down the fairway for the first time, accompanied by Montgomerie. The American's plans to continue construction have been unpopular with locals.
Trump played up to his Scottish roots, entertaining those in attendance with complimentary shortbread, whiskey and a spot of traditional music.
The course is up to such a high standard that Golf World magazine has already ranked it as the eighth best in Britain -- without a single competitive round being played on it yet.
The Menie Estate, upon which the course is built, is protected by numerous charities and societies. The sand dunes featured throughout the course are a part of a site of scientific interest.