Donald Trump Tees Off With Colin Montgomerie As He Opens Luxury Golf Course In Scotland (PICTURES)

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The businessman hopes Trump International Golf Links will be recognised as one of the sport's best | PA

American billionaire businessman Donald Trump opened his luxury golf course in Scotland on Tuesday as he teed off at the first hole alongside golfing legend Colin Montgomerie.

Mr Montgomerie, a former Ryder Cup captain, said it was an "honour" to play the first round on the "marvel" of a course.

Mr Trump cut a ribbon on the first tee and said: "When I bought this land almost seven years ago we said we wanted to make the best course in the world and some people are already saying we have done that.

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"I think this is great for golf, and what's great for golf is great for Scotland because it's the home of the game."

Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA, and George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, said they would work to bring major golf events to the course as soon as possible.

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Trump has spent five years financing the construction of the course

The building of Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire has been controversial, with environmental campaigners opposing the construction of the course on protected sand dunes and Mr Trump himself complaining about a potential offshore windfarm being built near the site.

More than £100 million has been spent on the course and the clubhouse, but further plans for a hotel and homes in the area have been put on hold until a final decision is made on the offshore windfarm proposal.

Trump International said 160 jobs have been created so far with positions in management, catering and course maintenance.

Work on the course began in July 2010 after the tycoon won planning permission to start work on the construction four years after plans were first put forward.

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