By Sandy Driver, Golf Correspondent
Members of a posh Suffolk golf club were choking on their sherries today over rumours that Donald Trump intends to buy their course.
The Suffolk Gazette can reveal the controversial US Presidential hopeful wants to add Aldeburgh Golf Club to his list of plush leisure enterprises – and rename it Trump National Aldeburgh.
But members of the seaside club, which was established in 1884 and prides itself on keeping a traditional stiff upper lip, were aghast at the thought of Trump taking over.
The Republican is due to visit Turnberry in Scotland, another of his resorts, on June 24, the day after the EU Referendum. We can reveal he will then divert to the Suffolk coast to view Aldeburgh for himself.
An insider in the Trump empire told us: “Donald loves the idea of taking a posh course and opening it up to the wider public, offering huge spa facilities, a water park and space for Suffolk’s largest car boot sale.”
The associate added: “We hear the members at Aldeburgh are perhaps a little stuck in their ways, but we intend to reduce membership fees to encourage people from all walks of life to join, so they should be pleased their club will be more popular.”
He added that Mr Trump found Aldeburgh endearingly quirky, and was inspired by the town’s job advert for a village idiot.
Never one to be too modest, the Trump Organization boasts of having the most extraordinary portfolio of golf courses in the world, including Turnberry and the Trump International Golf Links Scotland.
But Aldeburgh Golf Club members were furious. One golfer, Major Doug Trench, fumed: “Over my dead body. If that man comes anywhere near my club, I’ll take to him with my driver.”
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