Donald Trump’s election as president of
the United States brought with it shock,
uncertainty and even protests. With the
exception of former generals, a political
neophyte has never been commander in
But while Trump has never presided
over a state as a governor or run a city as
a mayor, he does bring with him extensive
experience as a real estate developer and
In fact, Trump will be the most experienced president to date when it comes to
dealing with state and local governments
as a developer and owner. He has extensive experience with getting land rezoned,
negotiating tax assessments, battling
environmental regulations and handling
For the first time, the U.S. president is a golf course owner
and developer. What does this mean for the industry?
BY JACK CRITTENDEN
person in golf.
health care and employment regulations.
For the first time, an experienced real
estate developer — a golf developer and
owner at that — will be in the most powerful position in the U.S. This, without
question, makes Trump the most powerful person in golf.
Trump’s rise to No. 1
Trump’s ascent to the top of the golf
industry did not come overnight or simply because he was elected president. The
longtime real estate mogul jumped into
golf development primarily because he
loves the game. As he has pointed out, his
golf assets are not nearly as lucrative as his
When the recession hit in 2008, Trump
moved from developing to buying courses.
In a few short years, he took over some
of the industry’s top properties, including what are now Trump National Golf
Club Los Angeles, Trump National Doral
Miami and Trump National Golf Club
By the summer of 2015, when he
declared his candidacy for president,
Trump’s golf empire was estimated at $192
million. But, that figure did not match his
own evaluation, which he pegged at $550
million to $675 million.
“My valuations are based on the land
value without golf,” he told Golf Inc. in
2015. “I have 800 acres on the Potomac;
Trump Los Angeles is on the Pacific