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Donald Trump is endearing himself to golf

May 4th, 2012
Staff writer / LifeApps Media

Donald Trump has been working to establish his name in the golf world for many years. The past few months may have solidified the business mogul's standing in the sport. The United States Golf Assn. announced this week that Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., will host the 2017 U.S. Women's Open Championship.

The announcement follows the news, in February, that Trump had purchased the legendary Doral Hotel & Country Club in Miami, Florida, with plans to bring the aging resort into the 21st Century. Doral is the home of the Blue Monster course, which hosts several professional tournaments.

''People don't realize how much he does for golf,'' The USGA's Mike Davis told the Associated Press earlier this week. ''If you talk to the LPGA, he has hosted their final event down at the West Palm Beach course a fair number of times. Players like him, so I think (having him as the host) can add something to this.''

The Doral will undergo extensive renovation, Trump said in a news release.

“When Doral first opened, it was considered the best resort in the world,” he said. “The combination of the property’s incredible location in the heart of Miami and our very significant investment in upgrading the resort will enable us to return Doral to its former glory if not surpass it. When completed, Doral will be the finest resort and golf club in the country.”

The Blue Monster, one of the most famous golf courses in the world, will undergo some renovations. The course has been home to a PGA Tour event every year since its opening with the Doral Open held there from 1962 to 2006. Trump will add his eye for fine things to the 700-room hotel, convention center and spa, as well. The Members' Clubhouse will be redesigned and expanded. The other three Doral courses will also be enhanced.

As for 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, the Tom Fazio-designed course hosted the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior championships.

Photo: Donald Trump (left) enjoys a light moment with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis during the press conference announcing the 2017 U.S. Women's Open to Trump National G.C. in Bedminster, N.J.  Photo credit: John Mummert/USGA.