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10:25 AM ET 02.11 | The feel-good era between New York property tycoon Donald Trump and Scotland's political leaders seems to have come to a dramatic end. Trump has launched a blistering attack on Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond over plans to build a "horrendous" wind farm off the coast of his luxury Scottish golf resort. In an open letter, Trump accuses Salmond of being "hell bent on destroying Scotland's coast line and therefore Scotland itself." The bitter words are a far cry from the love-in the two men enjoyed four years ago when Salmond backed Trump's 750 million pound (US $1.2 billion) golf development 12 miles (16 km) north of Aberdeen, despite protests from environmentalists and locals about damage to rare sand dunes.

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February 11, 2012  01:39 PM ET

A trip to Scotland for some hacking and imbibing is on my to do list...

February 11, 2012  02:04 PM ET

So now trump cares about environmental impact?

February 11, 2012  08:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So now trump cares about environmental impact?

He doesn't. He's a meaningless windbag with real ugly hair and an ego like no one else.

This guy is Michelle Bachmann, Martha Stewart, Glenn Beck, Mario Battali, Kate Gosselin and Kim Kardashian all rolled into one.

He's nothing more than the supreme media you-know-what. Styro-foam in human form.

February 12, 2012  04:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He doesn't. He's a meaningless windbag with real ugly hair and an ego like no one else.This guy is Michelle Bachmann, Martha Stewart, Glenn Beck, Mario Battali, Kate Gosselin and Kim Kardashian all rolled into one.He's nothing more than the supreme media you-know-what. Styro-foam in human form.

Preach it, my brutha.

"Styrofoam in human form."

Love it.

February 12, 2012  04:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A trip to Scotland for some hacking and imbibing is on my to do list...

Hope you get there. It was on my bucket list and I made it to the Old Course. Knees knocking on the first tee I'll tell you. Grrrrrrreat beer!!!!!!!!!

February 12, 2012  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He doesn't. He's a meaningless windbag with real ugly hair and an ego like no one else.This guy is Michelle Bachmann, Martha Stewart, Glenn Beck, Mario Battali, Kate Gosselin and Kim Kardashian all rolled into one.He's nothing more than the supreme media you-know-what. Styro-foam in human form.

.....................Nope, I got not nothing!!

February 13, 2012  05:02 PM ET

Rare sand dunes? I've never heard that before. I guess if trump gets his way the sand dunes will go on the endangered terrain list.

February 14, 2012  08:37 AM ET

He's a publicity ****, nothing more.

February 14, 2012  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He doesn't. He's a meaningless windbag with real ugly hair and an ego like no one else.This guy is Michelle Bachmann, Martha Stewart, Glenn Beck, Mario Battali, Kate Gosselin and Kim Kardashian all rolled into one.He's nothing more than the supreme media you-know-what. Styro-foam in human form.

Pretty accurate description, Jon, albeit offending to styrofoam.

February 14, 2012  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hope you get there. It was on my bucket list and I made it to the Old Course. Knees knocking on the first tee I'll tell you. Grrrrrrreat beer!!!!!!!!!

Much as I loved playing the Old Course, I reached nirvana when I played Miurfield. What a great course.

Great beer. Even better scotch.

February 14, 2012  06:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Much as I loved playing the Old Course, I reached nirvana when I played Miurfield. What a great course.Great beer. Even better scotch.

You lucky dog, I didn't get to Muirfield, did manage to play Troon and Carnoustie though. Carnoustie was humbling!!! And you're right about the scotch, Glenmorangie 20 year old was the best I tried!!!

February 15, 2012  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You lucky dog, I didn't get to Muirfield, did manage to play Troon and Carnoustie though. Carnoustie was humbling!!! And you're right about the scotch, Glenmorangie 20 year old was the best I tried!!!

Played them too. Lots of shots went where I never expected them to go at Carnoustie. Also played Turnberry and Royal Lytham on the Open rota. "Why do you have to go to England to play?" the Scots asked me when I told them I went to Lytham. Funny people.

Nothing wrong with a Glenmorangie although to me, it always goes back to the Macallan.

February 15, 2012  09:37 PM ET
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Played them too. Lots of shots went where I never expected them to go at Carnoustie. Also played Turnberry and Royal Lytham on the Open rota. "Why do you have to go to England to play?" the Scots asked me when I told them I went to Lytham. Funny people.Nothing wrong with a Glenmorangie although to me, it always goes back to the Macallan.

I was last there in 2009 and that was the year they played the Open at Turnberry. They wouldn't let us play the course but we were able to walk it and talk to the caddies. That was great!!! Played Old Prestwick and Western Gales and that capped off our week of golf in paradise. Would love to play Lytham sometime. Did you play any of the other St Andrews courses? I managed to play Royal, Eden and Jubilee. Really nice!!!!

February 16, 2012  04:43 AM ET

I played Muirfield and will NEVER return. Most clubs, even the most private, treat you as a "member for the day" once you have paid your fee. Muirfield....the opposite....didn't allow us to use bar, lockers, even the putting green!! Just walked to first tee, off you go, and escorted off the grounds after 18th. Absolutely appalling. Within 10 miles is Dunbar, Gullane, and North Berwick....all great tracks where you are welcomed with a smile. I live in London and have played all the great Irish and UK links.......

February 16, 2012  01:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I was last there in 2009 and that was the year they played the Open at Turnberry. They wouldn't let us play the course but we were able to walk it and talk to the caddies. That was great!!! Played Old Prestwick and Western Gales and that capped off our week of golf in paradise. Would love to play Lytham sometime. Did you play any of the other St Andrews courses? I managed to play Royal, Eden and Jubilee. Really nice!!!!

You just gotta love links golf.

Only played the Old Course and the New Course at St. Andrews. Didn't have time to get on the others. I might next time I go. We'll see.

When I played Turnberry, I ended up in the same spot Tom Watson did on his 72nd hole of the '09 Open so I knew he almost had no chance of making par from there. Anything back there will just roll down the hill for a while when you chip it.

February 16, 2012  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I played Muirfield and will NEVER return. Most clubs, even the most private, treat you as a "member for the day" once you have paid your fee. Muirfield....the opposite....didn't allow us to use bar, lockers, even the putting green!! Just walked to first tee, off you go, and escorted off the grounds after 18th. Absolutely appalling. Within 10 miles is Dunbar, Gullane, and North Berwick....all great tracks where you are welcomed with a smile. I live in London and have played all the great Irish and UK links.......

Bill, I knew about Muirfield's welcoming reputation long before I went there. Still wanted to play it. Still enjoyed it. Sure, they didn't roll out the red carpet for me. They didn't treat me that badly either. Maybe I had lower expectations than you did. I've gotten worse treatment at some high-end courses in the US where they charge you a lot more money for the privilege of treating you like dirt.

February 16, 2012  02:47 PM ET

I guess I didn't realise wanting to use the putting green constituted such high expectations!

February 16, 2012  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I guess I didn't realise wanting to use the putting green constituted such high expectations!

Obviously. I didn't ask about it when I went.

February 16, 2012  06:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I played Muirfield and will NEVER return. Most clubs, even the most private, treat you as a "member for the day" once you have paid your fee. Muirfield....the opposite....didn't allow us to use bar, lockers, even the putting green!! Just walked to first tee, off you go, and escorted off the grounds after 18th. Absolutely appalling. Within 10 miles is Dunbar, Gullane, and North Berwick....all great tracks where you are welcomed with a smile. I live in London and have played all the great Irish and UK links.......

Well that certainly sucks! I honestly didn't know that about Muirfield. There are so many classic links in Scotland that missing Muirfield may not have been that much of a tragedy then. They treated us like kings at Troon. Got drunk in the pub with our playing partners afterwards. Good bunch of lads, but they sure fleeced us at darts!!!

 
February 16, 2012  06:23 PM ET
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You just gotta love links golf.Only played the Old Course and the New Course at St. Andrews. Didn't have time to get on the others. I might next time I go. We'll see.When I played Turnberry, I ended up in the same spot Tom Watson did on his 72nd hole of the '09 Open so I knew he almost had no chance of making par from there. Anything back there will just roll down the hill for a while when you chip it.

Yeah but did YOU make par? You know so you'd have one up on ol' Tom!!!!!!

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