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Trump's Turnberry turnaround

American tycoon Donald Trump has outlined his plans to renovate the Turnberry golf course ahead of his visit to Ayrshire.

The businessman has already pledged $100 million to renovate the hotel that overlooks one of the most famous courses in the world, which he bought last month, and he will discuss more developments during a visit to Scotland on Wednesday.

The resort is being renamed Trump Turnberry, and brings the number of golf courses owned by the property magnate to 17.

On a visit to Scotland last month, Mr Trump did not reveal the price of the purchase, only saying that he had paid "a lot" for the resort which includes a course on the Open Championship circuit.

When the purchase was completed, he said: "I am honoured to own and manage this magnificent property, perhaps the most exciting property there is.

\"We will be spending a great deal of time, effort and money to make Trump Turnberry the finest resort of its kind anywhere in the world."

He added that he would only "tweak" the Ayrshire course - and not without the blessing of governing body the Royal & Ancient.

"We'll bring it to a level that it's never been before,\" he added.

"It's going to be spectacular. It's rated the number one course in the world and we're going to be working with the Royal & Ancient on certain things that are going to be even more spectacular."

Mr Trump is to be joined by his son Eric and golf course architect Martin Ebert at Turnberry today.

Turnberry played host to one of the most famous Open Championships, the 1977 "Duel in the Sun" where Tom Watson won over Jack Nicklaus.

It is Mr Trump's second Scottish course, following on from his Aberdeenshire resort which opened in July 2012.

Plans for a second golf course, club house and hotel on the same site remain on hold amid a bitter dispute over a proposed wind farm adjacent to the resort.