Is Donald Trump cashing in on his new status as President-elect of the United States of America?
Members of one of his golf clubs in Scotland may think so after being told they will have to pay £700 ($900) more per year to play its links courses.
The annual membership fee at Turnberry Golf Club in Ayshire will increase next year to £2,500 ($3,200) – a jump of 38 per cent.
Members, who are said to be angry about the price hike, were informed by letter last week.
One unnamed Turnberry golfer told the Sunday Post: “There have been massive improvements to the course and we enjoy what has been achieved here. But we’ve been given a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum, and for what is thought to be a first, there is now no waiting list for new members at the club. Increases in recent years have been very modest. Now we are facing a huge increase, with no consultation between Trump’s people and our club.”
Turnberry, founded in 1902, was bought by Trump for an unpublished sum in 2014.
He runs the club and its hotel through his business DT Connect Europe Limited which has three directors – Trump and his sons Eric and Donald Jr.
In 2015 the business recorded a loss of £448,860.
Trump has indicated that he will leave his business empire to be run by others while he focuses on leading America.