Trump International Golf Links has certainly put the north east of Scotland on the map from a golf perspective but it is not just swinging clubs and driving buggies that goes on at this spectacular coastal venue.
Aberdeen is known for an abundance of hospitality providers but has never been particularly rich in offering indulgent, luxurious accommodation. Until recently, The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa boasted the only five-star status in the region. So, it is no surprise that the launch of the truly exquisite MacLeod House & Lodges at Trump International, north of Aberdeen, was a welcome addition from golfers and non-golfers alike.
The only five-star property in Aberdeenshire, MacLeod House & Lodges is set within spectacular grounds at Menie Estate. The 19-bedroom baronial mansion has a bar and restaurant and is ideal for corporate events or even weddings, with or without a marquee. On its doorstep is the famous championship golf course; 18 holes of world-class links golf, ranked amongst the best in the world and ideal for hosting and hospitality. And in June 2015,The Clubhouse, an ideal spot to meet, dine and relax, opened its doors.
There can, of course, be a stigma of barrier to entry with five-star status. Misconceptions include that the estate is a golfers-only zone, for private use only or has restrictions on dress code and price. At Trump International, all are welcome. There is no exclusivity and, in fact, recent focus has been on encouraging everyone and anyone to use the unsurpassed luxury accommodation, facilities, comfort and service.
The open, welcoming environment has proved a fantastic asset to the region; an ideal facility for local residents and visitors to the area to enjoy, for both leisure and business use. The new landmark has encouraged national and international visitors, having a profitable knock-on effect to other local businesses and drawing in overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The recent addition of The Clubhouse has been a helpful tool for the team to further open up the property to non-golfing audiences. The brand new space is versatile and can cater for events large and small, from a business lunch or casual supper to a private family party or an event for more than 100 guests. Providing an opulent yet welcoming atmosphere, décor is in beautiful, rich walnut tones, complemented with plush leather seating, cosy fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows with idyllic golf course views.
For events over a number of days, MacLeod House & Lodge is the ideal destination for a sophisticated stay. Originating back in the 15th century it benefits from a wonderful collection of period features; secret stairways, log fires and a whisky snug, yet is perfectly poised for 21st century living, oozing elegance through modern amenities, opulent furnishings and fine linens.
Joining a busy marketplace is always challenging but Trump International considers itself to offer a completely different hotel experience, in a scenic, natural setting. The property is out of the hustle and bustle of the city yet only fifteen minutes from the centre and the airport. And for a hotel to boast a world-class, championship standard golf course is fairly unique too.
Mr Trump, of course, is a major talking point for visitors and commentators. A project extremely close to his heart due to his Scottish roots, he is heavily involved and visits several times a year to continue the development of Trump International as the ultimate destination for golf, dining and accommodation in the north east of Scotland.