Florida’s West Palm Beach is the location for the best of the six layouts in the growing Donald Trump portfolio of golf clubs. But if Trump’s hype is anything to go by, his new development in Aberdeen will culminate in the greatest golf course in the world. Naturally we are sceptical about that but we do hope that it will generate some serious opportunities for Aberdonians.
There are 27 Jim Fazio designed holes at Trump International Golf Club at West Palm Beach but the one is the Championship course which opened for play in 1999. The third loop is a nice nine-holer which is also a good test but it’s not quite in the same league as the main 18-holer.
With six tees per hole to choose from, try not to let bravado get the better of you. With 2,000 yards between the front tees and the tips, select your medicine wisely for maximum enjoyment on this 7,300-yard monster. Trump certainly moved the earth; in fact, some three million cubic yards were shifted to create the Championship course. Lakes were dug to a depth of more than 50 feet, 5,000 mature trees were strategically transplanted coupled with new streams and waterfalls that would make Walt Disney proud.
The Championship course was a host venue for the LPGA tour and was the location for ADT Championships between 2006-2008. The winners walked away with a $1 million paycheque, the largest in the history of ladies’ golf.