RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif., September 11, 2006 — Continuing to rise among the ranks of the most desirable golf courses in the world, Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, debuts at No. 38 on the list of "Top 100 You Can Play," GOLF Magazine’s biennial selection of the top public-access golf courses in the country. The Donald J. Trump signature design was one on only two new courses on the list to make the top 40.
"It is gratifying to know that the experts who analyze the golf courses for this list recognize that while Trump National, Los Angeles is new, it already is a special place," Trump said. "Considering the world-class courses that are on this list, many of which are ranked below us, we’re honored to be in such elite company."
The rankings appear in the September issue of GOLF Magazine, currently available at newsstands. A panel comprised of PGA section directors, regional golf association directors, golf writers and other respected members of the golf community voted on the "Top 100 You Can Play" from a list of more than 400 daily-fee, resort, and semi-private courses nominated by the editors of GOLF Magazine. Members of the public who played more than 20 courses on the list were also invited to vote through the magazine’s web site, GOLFONLINE.com.
Trump National, Los Angeles has received rave reviews from all types of golfers, from the friendly foursome to the LPGA Tour stars who helped christen it last September during the Office Depot Championship, a $1.3 million event that attracted the best women golfers in the world.
Trump paid $27 million for the property—a steal for 300 acres of California coastline (215 acres are dedicated to the golf course and 85 reserved for residential development) — and has pumped $261 million into the redesigned course ($64 million on the 18th hole alone) and the luxurious clubhouse. "This is the most expensive golf course ever built," he boasted.
Every hole from the original design changed. New bunkering was added, existing bunkers were modified and all have been filled with sparkling white sand. Fairways were expanded and greens were re-contoured or completely rebuilt. Overall, the golf course was lengthened about 900 yards, to play 7,300 from the longest of five sets of tees – many of which were elevated to enhance their setting. The course became more playable, but at the same time Trump’s design gave more definition to a course that became more pleasing to the eye.
Representative of Trump’s free-flowing creative style are the water features that are scene-stealers, even when up against the backdrop of the Pacific. Setting the stage is the island green on the first hole, where golfers leave their carts parked in a cave and pass through a walkway "through" the waterfall. Just as impressive is the waterfall behind the par-3 17th. Constructed with stone uncovered during excavation for the new 18th hole, 7,000 gallons of water are pumped through the waterfall system each minute.
Trump National, Los Angeles is, above all, pleasurable. A new practice facility looks over the Pacific amid the activity around the golf course there is ongoing cultivation of a charming public park between the front nine and back nine that provides access to hiking trails.
Trump National, Los Angles, is part of Trump Golf Properties, which also include:
Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey
Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach County, Florida
Trump International Golf Club on the island of Canouan in the Grenadines.
Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, to be built at Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire
Additional information about Trump Golf is available at www.trumpnational.com .
Hunter Public Relations