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Trump Golf is one of the sectors of Donald Trump’s vast development empire that the President has been most passionate about over the years. The organization owns and operates 19 luxury properties around the world, from New York to Scotland, and Los Angeles to Dubai. Of those, 12 are in the United States.
Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, was the first acquisition by The Trump Organization back in 1999. Three years later, the Trump Golf portfolio expanded with the purchase of Trump National Golf Club Westchester, a Jim Fazio design just 30 minutes from Manhattan. In 2004, Trump National Bedminster opened amid the rolling horse country of central New Jersey; it’s now a highly-ranked 36-hole facility that hosted the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and will be home to the 2022 PGA Championship.
Over the past decade, 14 more facilities have been added to the Trump Golf portfolio, the latest being two in Dubai and two more in Indonesia. Phil Mickelson will redesign an 18-hole course along the Indian Ocean that will become Trump International Golf Club Bali.
Trump’s first European golf project was built in Aberdeen, Scotland, on a property featuring massive dunes and imposing coastline that he bought in a remote corner of his mother’s home country.
The Trump Organization in 2013 acquired the Doral Resort and its four Miami-area golf courses, pouring $250 million into a property that was renamed Trump National Doral. The following year, Trump Golf added two iconic properties overseas – Doonbeg in Ireland (Trump International Golf Links Ireland) and Turnberry in Scotland (Trump Turnberry).
Trump has long said his courses are worthy of hosting major championships and Turnberry’s Ailsa Course has, as the site of the British Open in 1977, 1986, 1994 and 2009. The property also opened a newly designed course, King Robert the Bruce, in 2017.
Politics aside, Trump’s investment in the game golf has been noteworthy. At a time when many groups or individuals have been reluctant to put money into golf properties, Trump Golf has continued to grow fairly significantly.
Trump Golf has also invested heavily into many of its acquisitions, including the substantial upgrades and overhauls done at both Doral and Turnberry, both of which are open to public play in contrast to the organization’s other high-end private clubs.