DONALD Trump’s Ayrshire golf course has come under fire after it hosted a small tournament over the weekend – despite government guidelines on social distancing.

Around 100 golfers took part in the Turnberry Twosomes on Friday and Saturday, with players paying £295 each for two rounds of golf, overnight accommodation at Trump Turnberry and breakfast on the Saturday morning.

The event is not organised by the Trump family but by tour operators Golf in Scotland. A second tournament planned for next week has been cancelled.

Around the world, the Trump Organisation has cut back on some of its hotel operations and closed some golf courses, including in Los Angeles and the Miami area.

However, both Turnberry and Aberdeen are still taking bookings.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie was scathing: “I have no doubt that Trump and his businesses will always choose to put profit ahead of people’s lives.

“Continuing to encourage tourism in this middle of a public health emergency is deeply irresponsible, as many people living in rural areas are making clear. “

Eric Trump, the president’s son who manages the family business, said the company was trying to limit shutdowns.

He told the Washington Post: “As an organisation we are following federal, state and local direction and guidance very carefully.

“All of the associates in our company are family, and we are all awaiting the moment this pandemic is defeated so we can reopen and get back to work, running the best assets in the world,” Trump said.

It’s not clear if there have been any coronvairus redundancies in Trump’s Scottish business.

In the US the New York hotel is laying off 40 employees, and reducing the hours of others.

However, a planned recruitment open day at Turnberry has been cancelled.

In March, President Trump met with two Brazilian men with coronavirus at his Mar-a-Lago resort.