A brand new multi-million pound clubhouse providing a host of luxury facilities including a restaurant, bar, shop, lounge, private dining and event space, locker room and snug areas, has recently been opened by American business magnate Donald J Trump, at Trump International Golf Links, in Aberdeen.
Since the opening of the championship golf course in July 2012, guests have used a temporary facility, but can now enjoy the splendour of the new clubhouse, which has been designed with both golfers and non-golfers in mind.
Rated Best New Course in Great Britain & Ireland by Golf Week 2013 and 2014, Trump International Golf Links has been ranked Best of The Best by The Robb Report and is consistently rated in the top ten courses in the country by Golf World.
The clubhouse was designed by Covell Matthews Architects and constructed by Douglas and Stewart.
Sarah Malone, Executive Vice President of Trump International Golf Links stated: “Our highly acclaimed championship golf course has attracted tens of thousands of golfers from around the world and we’re delighted to now offer a world class clubhouse with luxury facilities to complete the visitor experience.”
Andrew McNair, Director of Covell Matthews said:
“Mr. Trump had a clear vision to create a clubhouse that embraces the existing vernacular style as exemplified in MacLeod House, the architectural centre-piece of the golf resort. The new clubhouse boasts traditionally detailed slate roofs, rubble granite walls and feature sash and case windows.”
The gable windows are key features of the building, with each window being 3m wide by over 4m high, complete with single piece dressed granite lintels and cills. Dressed granite frames the building, from the base course to the window surrounds to the gable copes, whilst the elevations are in-filled with random rubble granite, complementing the existing historic buildings on the resort.
On approach visitors are welcomed by a granite arched canopy on solid granite columns. In contrast, the elevation facing toward the golf course is more transparent with large portions of glazing providing spectacular views to the coast beyond.
Materials used in the construction of the clubhouse are of the highest quality and all features have been individually designed and crafted for this project. Solid oak entrance doors lead into The Shop, which is exquisitely finished in walnut paneling.
Walnut features highly throughout the clubhouse as it continues throughout the bar, locker rooms and lounges, with all bespoke furniture finished to match. The walnut creates a warm, welcoming environment and is beautifully coordinated with furniture upholstered in tweed, leather and velvet.
The main public areas are divided into three separate dining and lounge areas, all facing towards the golf course and coast beyond.
Andrew McNair continued:
“The lounges have a club room feel to them, complete with high vaulted ceilings, panelled walls, large chandeliers and open fires. These rooms are designed to flow from the dining area, but can also be closed for private events.
“The construction programme was only six months from start to finish, over the winter period. To minimise the risk of delay due to inclement weather, the client commissioned a tent to protect the building and this permitted uninterrupted working, ensuring the project finished on schedule. There were no days lost to poor weather during this contract.
“The clubhouse has been finished to the highest standards expected by the Trump organisation and radiates luxury throughout.”
Billy Burgess, Project Supervisor, of Douglas and Stewart added:
“It has been a pleasure to be involved in this unique project and we are very proud of what we have achieved.
“It is always extremely rewarding when you have the opportunity to undertake a project where the client wants nothing but the very best finish using the finest quality materials.
“The clubhouse has been constructed by a team of highly skilled craftsmen, working alongside terrific local contractors, who worked tirelessly over a difficult winter period to finish the project to on target. In order to achieve this, we took the unusual step of constructing a large canopy over the whole site to ensure that no days were lost due to inclement weather.
“Despite the ambitious timescales, we delivered the project on time and on budget. In doing so, we have created an iconic building that will be here for years to come and enjoyed by many.”
The venue’s new Brasserie Restaurant is a comfortable, relaxed environment at the heart of the clubhouse. With beautiful rich walnut, leather seating, warming fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the Great Dunes of Scotland, guests can enjoy a range of classic dishes and familiar favourites, all created using local produce. Dishes on offer include fish and chips, burgers and mac and cheese – all served with a Trump twist.
In the north wing, The Snug is a cosy retreat featuring deep, oxblood leather chairs and an enormous fireplace perfect for indulging in a wee dram and ideal for intimate, private dinners or events.
The Shop is a new premium retail experience not just for golfers – featuring the latest designer pieces for fashion that looks as good off the fairways as on – plus a new and exclusive range of Trump sweaters and hoodies.