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The one silver lining in all of this Trumpastrophe going on in our country, is that the semi-benign billionaire crass clown brand that Donald Trump maintained for decades is gone and now his name is tied closer to what many billionaires names should be tied to—greed and cruelty. Trump’s biggest forays into classing up his brand have been through his golf courses. His history of crapping out environmentally and socially and economically unsound golf courses throughout the world is on glorious display in Scotland. Trump has fought the judgement of environmentalists, attacking wind turbines as a source of energy amongst other things. He’s also made enemies of his golf course’s neighbors by being a greedy dick and in doing so he’s made Scotland about as big a fan of his brand as the rest of us are. Now it’s being reported that unpopular president Trump’s equally unpopular as a golf course connoisseur. 

A Companies House report shows loses last year at the two reports more than double to £17.6 ($23m). Revenue also fell sharply.

In the report, Mr Trump’s company attributed the results partly to having shut down its Turnberry resort for half the year while building a new course there and fixing up an old one.

Like most of what Donald Trump touches, it turns to crap and then some shadowy crew with money shows up and makes the thing profitable later while paying Trump to do press ops and say the words “Best,” and “Have a good day.” Sound familiar? It’s how he handles all of his press ops like Puerto Rico and Texas and Florida. Now, Trump’s golf courses may be doing poorly, but according to TIME, the surrounding areas are doing well, thanks to the press Trump’s golf courses—good and bad—have brought to the region.

“I’ve gone from doing an average of 400 room nights for golfers per year to 1,400 room nights in six months,” said Stewart Spence, 70, owner of the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in nearby Aberdeen. “There can hardly be a golfer in the world who doesn’t know about this area because of what Trump has done.”

Rival courses have seen a bump in business, too.

“We’ve gone from about 4,000 golfers per annum to almost 5,500 a year,” said Les Durno, 54, general manager at the Cruden Bay Golf Club about 20 miles from Trump’s course.

People want to visit the site of a disaster—especially one so unnatural it’s spectacular, I guess.

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