Trump National Golf Club (Bedminster, New Jersey)

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Trump National Golf Club (Bedminster)
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Entrance with gatehouse, 2017
Club information
Coordinates 40°39′11″N 74°41′46″W / 40.653°N 74.696°W / 40.653; -74.696Coordinates: 40°39′11″N 74°41′46″W / 40.653°N 74.696°W / 40.653; -74.696
Location Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S.
Established 2004, 14 years ago
Type Private
Total holes 36
Website trumpnationalbedminster.com
Old Course
Designed by Tom Fazio and Tom Fazio II
Par 72
Length 7,580 yards (6,931 m)
Course rating 76.8
Slope rating 151 [1]
New Course
Designed by Tom Fazio
Par 72
Length 7,511 yards (6,868 m)
Course rating 76.6
Slope rating 149 [2]
Bedminster is located in the US
Bedminster
Bedminster
Location in the United States
Bedminster  is located in New Jersey
Bedminster 
Bedminster 
Location in New Jersey

Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster is a private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Approximately forty miles (65 km) west of New York City, it is owned and operated by The Trump Organization.

Details[edit | edit source]

Donald Trump bought the property, which included the estate of automaker John Z. De Lorean, for less than $35 million in 2002.[3] It was previously known as Lamington Farm and the site of a foundering golf course construction project.[4][5] The 36-hole club was built by golf course architects, Tom Fazio and Tom Fazio II, and the first course opened fourteen years ago in 2004.

Membership in the club costs at the most $300,000[6][7] In 2005, Golf Magazine ranked it at #73 in the United States and #84 by Golf Digest for 2005 and 2006.[8]

For tax purposes, The Trump Organization secured a classification of the Bedminster course and the Trump course in Colts Neck as farmland. For that purpose, part of the acreage at Bedminster is used for growing hay and raising eight goats. The Wall Street Journal estimated that the use of the property tax exemption for farmland reduced the tax bill on the two golf courses from $80,000 to less than $1,000. The director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club said that Trump was "hiding behind a farmland assessment to get a massive tax break on a golf course."[9][10]

The club hosted the wedding of Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, in October 2009.[11][12]

Majors host[edit | edit source]

The golf club hosted the U.S. Women's Open from July 13–16, 2017.[13] The Professional Golfers' Association of America awarded the course the 2022 Men's PGA Championship.[14]

Trump presidency[edit | edit source]

In November 2016, after Trump's presidential election, the property was used to host meetings for the Donald Trump presidential transition.[15] Representative Leonard Lance predicted that the resort could become "Camp David North".[16] In 2017 it became one of the three official presidential residencies, the other two being Trump Tower in New York and Mar-a-Lago in Florida.[17]

In May 2017, Trump started to use the property for weekend retreats, stating that staying at his property in Bedminster is less expensive and disruptive than going to Trump Tower in New York City. This made the property the "summer White House".[18]

In August 2017 the estate was used as a working vacation of the President for a duration of 17 days while the White House underwent renovations approved by the Obama administration and overseen by the Trump administration.[19][20]

Security issues[edit | edit source]

Due to security concerns flight restrictions are imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration within a 30-mile radius during Trump's stays at his golf club.[21] Restrictions affect 19 airports in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, among them two airports that have to close down completely because they are within a 10 mile-radius, namely Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey and Somerset Airport in Bedminster, New Jersey.[21]

With the official designation as an official residence of Trump, Congress appropriated up to $41 million for its security costs for the time between inauguration and October 1, 2017.[17]

Trump Mausoleum[edit | edit source]

In 2015, Trump received the approval to build a family cemetery at the estate that would include a classical mausoleum. Trump indicated that he wants to be buried at the Bedminster golf course.[20]

Course Rating and Slope Database™[edit | edit source]

Old Course[edit | edit source]

Tee Name USGA Course Rating (18) Slope Rating (18) Front (9) Back (9) Bogey Rating (18) Gender
Black 77.7 155 38.8 / 155 38.9 / 155 106.5 M
Gold 75.6 144 37.7 / 141 37.9 / 146 102.2 M
Blue 72.8 141 36.3 / 138 36.5 / 143 98.8 M
White 70.5 132 35.3 / 127 35.2 / 136 94.8 M
White 76.7 147 38.0 / 147 38.7 / 146 111.2 F
Red 71.1 133 35.4 / 136 35.7 / 129 102.3 F

New Course[edit | edit source]

Tee Name USGA Course Rating (18) Slope Rating (18) Front (9) Back (9) Bogey Rating (18) Gender
Black 76.6 149 38.6 / 147 38.0 / 150 104.2 M
Gold 73.8 143 36.9 / 140 36.9 / 145 100.3 M
Blue 71.6 140 36.1 / 138 35.5 / 141 97.5 M
White 69.5 131 34.8 / 126 34.7 / 135 93.7 M
Green 67.2 118 33.6 / 114 33.6 / 122 89.4 M
White 76.6 147 38.1 / 143 38.5 / 150 110.7 F
Green 73.5 137 36.5 / 130 37.0 / 143 104.1 F
Red 70.1 125 35.2 / 120 34.9 / 129 98.6 F

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Course Rating and Slope Database™: Trump National NJ - Old Course". USGA. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  2. "Course Rating and Slope Database™: Trump National NJ - New Course". USGA. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  3. "Postings: Part of Stalled Development in New Jersey; Trump Buys Golf Course". The New York Times. September 22, 2002. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. "Trump buying Bedminster golf course". New Jersey Hills Media Group. September 12, 2002. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  5. "Mogul buying DeLorean land". Las Vegas Sun. (Nevada). September 17, 2002. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  6. Renshaw, Jarrett (January 30, 2012). "Donald Trump looks to spend eternity in N.J. as real estate mogul seeks private cemetery". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  7. Henry, Samantha (February 2, 2012). "Trump offers golden graves for silver-spoon set". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  8. McCarthy, Michael (January 26, 2007). "The Donald's empire wants golf in a major way with U.S. Open". USA Today. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  9. Johnson, Brent (April 22, 2016). "Have goats given Donald Trump a tax break in N.J.?". NJ.com. Advance Digital. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  10. Gustafson, Katherine (September 26, 2016), "Goat Herd! The Secret Tax Trick Of Trump And Hollywood A-Listers", Forbes, retrieved 2017-08-08 
  11. "Ivanka Trump Says "I Do!"". Us Weekly. October 25, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  12. Craven, Laura (September 11, 2009). "Ivanka Trump to wed at Donald Trump's Bedminster golf club". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  13. "2017 Women's Open To Trump National". USGA. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  14. "Trump courses to host majors". ESPN. Associated Press. May 1, 2014. 
  15. Michael S. Schmidt and Julie Hirschfeld (November 19, 2016). "Trump Meets with Romney as He Starts to Look Outside His Inner Circle". New York Times. 
  16. Nir, Sarah Maslin (2016-12-30). "Sleepy New Jersey Town Wakes to a New Identity: Trump’s ‘Camp David North’". The New York Times. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 NPR (July 19, 2017). "Trump's Third Home Away From Home To Cost Taxpayers Millions". WNYC. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  18. "Trump defends decision to spend weekend in Bedminster". Los Angeles Times. May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  19. Betsy Klein (August 24, 2017). "White House shows off new West Wing renovations". CNN. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 Brad Tuttle (August 4, 2017). "See the Luxury Golf Resort Where Donald Trump Is Staying for the Next 17 Days". Time Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 O'Brien K (June 9, 2017). "For small airports in N.J., Trump's weekend visits cast a 30-mile-long shadow". NJ.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 

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