As a real estate developer, Trump started obtaining and constructing golf courses since 99’. By the time he was elected US President, he already owned seventeen golf courses worldwide through his holding company even though that brought a lot of problems with his lawyers according to his new status as the President of the United States.
In the introduction to his 2005 book The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received, Trump wrote:
"For me and millions of people—men, women, young and old around the world—golf is more than a game. It is a passion." To add more of a passionate fact relating to Trump and golf, according to Nicklaud, the President "really loves the game of golf more than he loves money". Even though he started to play golf when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, his hindrance is 2.8.
When Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, he also gave a controversial speech, which leads to many companies who earlier aimed to collaborate to cut ties with the guy who loved golf. As Trump was talking about the immigration problem in the US, he claimed that Mexico was being a huge problem by "sending people that bring drugs, rapists’’, although some, he assumed were good people. This drew a lot of criticism from immigration and South Americans Organizations and groups. Many Golf Organizations wrote a long letter explaining that while the organizations "do not usually comment on Presidential politics, Mr. Trump's comments are incompatible with our rough and strong commitment to a broad and comprehensive environment in the world of golf."
While attempting to be president, Trump said that he will not be having more time to play golf because he would be in the service of the country. But shortly after he became President, Trump gained controversy due to the amount of time he has spent golfing.
He visited Trump-owned golf courses 92 times as President since January 3, 2018, said CNN, although the White House doesn’t acknowledge if the President plays on each of those visits or not, even after photos were shared on social media displaying him while playing golf. The Washington Post has stated that the average number of days between golf rounds for Trump was around 5 days for Trump, and around 12–13 days for Obama. Journalists and ethics experts have alleged that these frequent visits are a means of boosting publicity at the courses to sell more memberships.
Some history regarding his properties during the years :
The Trump Organization first built for tournament caliber the golf course in West Palm Beach in 1999, which later it developed and now it lives up to the honors it receives. It is located only 3 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, right in the heart of Palm Beach. It has a charming Mediterranean style clubhouse.
TNGC (Trump National Golf Club), located only 15 min from Manhattan. It has a combination of 18 difficult holes along the rolling countryside. The property's winding streams, stone bridges, and a 101-foot waterfall make for an unforgettable experience in the golf area. The huge space of the clubhouse adds a perfect station for groups and formal events with different and colorful meals to complement any occurrence.
Bedminster, located less than 1 hour from NYC. It boasts 36-holes of world-class golf situated on over 600 acres in the outstanding countryside. Trump National Golf Course further differentiates itself with a 1939 Georgian Revival Clubhouse, beautiful and big pool complex, deluxe ballroom and state-of-the-art golf facilities.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula overlooking the picturesque Catalina Island, Trump National offers unrivaled panoramic views of the majestic Pacific Ocean. Located in the south of Los Angeles, the 7.300-yard course challenges golfers of all skill levels to the best of their abilities. The grand 45,000 square foot clubhouse featuring award-winning restaurants for the guests, with a luxurious ballroom and expansive event spaces. Graded as one of the top golf courses in California, Trump National is the greatest of the deluxe golf experience.
Between mansions and workhorses, Colts Neck implements world-class golf, incomparable recreational conveniences, and five-star service. This 18-hole golf course has an integrated, one of a kind, 19th holes of island green, a deluxe 75,000 square-foot course, formal and family-style dining, abundant banquet facilities and an outstanding aquatic complex.
The phenomenal golf courses, unrivaled recreational facilities and with a sensational clubhouse and abundant cuisine options, Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C. offers the finest experience. Including two amazing golf courses, the Riverview Course and Championship Course, Trump Organization adorns 800 rolling acres at the side of the smooth and tranquil Potomac River. The magnificent and unique design creates the ultimate ambiance for a luxury property.
During a cruise through the flourishing fields, dense meadows and streams you will be found in front of the Hudson Valley of the Trump Organization which is such a delight. Enclosed by overwhelming views of the Stormville Mountains while offering an amazing experience of golf, Trump National includes beautiful fairways, tour caliber greens, strategically placed sand bunkers, and three sparkling lakes. The charming property has an elegant display of conveniences, including dining experience and exquisite banquet. Every aspect of Trump National precisely complements the erect beauty of the field.
Turnberry’s golf resort holds a different story from the other properties. It is located in southwestern Scotland and it has a five-star hotel from 1906, three huge golf courses, an academy and of course with a lot of other commodities for the clients and the tourists.
· Turnberry was designed as a popular golf course and resort since it began and was made reachable because of the Maidens and Dunure Light Railway.
· The property was redesigned by Mackenzie Ross and it was finally reopened in 1951. It was the favorite place for a lot of celebrities during the years and it is still a strong point of attraction for the tourists.
· Trump bought the Hotel and golf courses from Leisurecorp in April 2014 and the resort was renamed Trump Turnberry.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg endeavors a marshy haven that is hidden and sheltered by the Atlantic Ocean’s wild corner. This beautiful Irish property is cornered by the rough landscape that rocks as far as the eye can see, across splashing waves thousands of years of stories buried within them. Its reputation is built on warm hospitality and there is no way of misunderstanding what a special experience it is to part of the hotels in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Trump Golf Links rests at the end of the Whitestone Bridge and it is designed precisely to benefit the amazing views of the Manhattan skyline, East River, and Whitestone & Throggs Neck Bridges. It is a very different and exquisite experience playing golf in a property where the rolling dunes of fescue bordering 7,407 yards of pristine tees, fairways and greens create are seen by the eye of the player. It’s the only tournament-quality golf course in NYC that gives devoted sports a unique and challenging way to play, different from other courses.
Located on over 500 acres and forged from what was a former flat and barren desert, Trump International Golf Club, Dubai has been developing a distinguished destination of golf and offers an amazing golf experience. This beautiful 18-hole Gil Hanse arranged golf course is further integrated by an extraordinary 30,000 square foot clubhouse, massive restaurants, beautiful huge pool, and state-of-the-art golf academy.
Trump International Resort & Organization is designing and building a highly foreseen golf course in Indonesia, which will be Trump Golf's third in Asia as well as Ernie Els’ first in Indonesia. It will examine the exquisite standard of Trump Golf brilliance by aiming to captivate an experience that implements state of the art facilities, 24/7 style attendant at the Lifestyle Country Club, determined personal assistance and attention to every detail possible.