Thursday the PGA of America made what most of us already knew official: Trump National GC at Bedminster, NJ will host the 2022 PGA Championship. Not only that, they announced that Trump National GC at Washington DC will host the 2017 Senior PGA Championship.
The PGA will be hosted on Trump Bedminster's Old Course. Let me just quote from the PGA's announcement at their site:
Trump National Golf Club -- Bedminster, built on the 600-acre former estate of sports car magnate John DeLorean, features two courses -- the Old and New Course. The Old Course, designed by Tom Fazio, which will host the 2017 U.S. Women's Open and the 2022 PGA Championship, opened for play in 2004 and plays to 7,560 yards. It has received rave reviews and since 2005 has been ranked among the Top 100 Golf Courses in America by GOLF Magazine and many other rating systems. It is considered one of this country's great golf courses and has the capacity to hold massive numbers of spectators.Am I the only one who loves the irony the PGA playing a major on a Fazio-designed course located on the old DeLorean estate? That is just sooooo Hollywood!
But Trump's biggest coup may be just a matter of time because something else is official, folks -- Donald Trump finalized his deal to buy the Turnberry Resort in Scotland on Monday night. Does anyone doubt that he'll eventually get an Open Championship?
I have said in the past that I think Trump's involvement is good for golf. He has continued to invest in golf, even when the economy scared off most other investors. And consider what golf.com reported: "Trump said that he wasn’t looking specifically to buy the Open venue on Scotland’s west coast, but he couldn’t pass it up after an inquiry revealed it might be on the market."
Trump has now rescued both Doral and Turnberry. I think the golf world should be pretty damn grateful!
And lest you're worried that Turnberry will be renovated, you can relax. While he intends to make the hotel "the finest golf hotel in the world," he made his feelings about the legendary course very clear:
“Some of the greatest championships in the history of golf have taken place at Turnberry,” Trump said. “And the golf course itself is considered one of the greatest in the world. Some rate it as the best in the world. I’m not going to touch a thing unless the Royal and Ancient ask for it or approve it. I have the greatest respect for the R&A and for Peter Dawson. I won’t do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval.”Like I said, you may question Donald Trump about a lot of things... but the man has a real heart for golf. I think I can forgive him if he decides to call his newest toy "Trump Turnberry."
The photo came from the PGA.com article listed above. In addition to the two articles I linked to in this post, you can read more about the 2022 PGA announcement here.