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The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, has played more golf in his first month in office than any other former President.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Well, I have always thought that people in positions of power and authority need the stress relieving powers of a game of golf.  But when is a lot too much.  When does the golf get in the way of running the country?  I think in Donald trumps case only time will tell.  I think most Americans don’t care how much golf their President plays as long as he is making the correct decisions for the good of the country!  Thanks to Swing by Swing, here is a list of 10 golfing Presidents of the modern era!
The president of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the history of America, so it’s no surprise quite a few Commanders-in-Chief took to the golf course to let off a little steam. In honor of President’s Day, we take a look back on 10 past U.S. presidents that found happiness with a golf club in their hands. Dwight Eisenhower
Famously a member at Augusta National Golf Club where he used to have one of the most notorious trees in golf named after him (which unfortunately fell in 2014 due to a major ice storm), Ike played more than 800 rounds of golf while calling the White House home. Playing often with Arnold Palmer in the years following the conclusion of World War II, Eisenhower and the King brought the game to the masses. According “Ike’s Bluff”, a biography by Evan Thomas, “Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m…the man was serious about his golf.” George W. Bush
Bush 43 is a certified golf junkie. While not only a decent player in his own right, Bush enjoys watching the pros on television and is a frequent guest at the biennial Presidents Cup matches. Most famously, Bush is a quick player with rounds that surpass three hours being considered slow. Richard Nixon
Nixon took up golf while serving as Vice President of the United States under Dwight Eisenhower. However, his plan to spend more time with his boss turned into a full-blown addiction, eventually leading friends to build a three-hole golf course at his home in California as a respite from the likes of Watergate and Vietnam. Ronald Reagan
Reagan had been a golfer long before he entered the Presidency. As an actor and executive, he played the game often, and his natural athletic ability led him to be a pretty good player. Once in office, however, Reagan’s rounds were limited dramatically, save for his annual New Year’s Eve outings on a private California course. Famously, Reagan was playing a round at Augusta National when a gunman took two hostages in the club’s pro shop and demanded to talk to the Commander in Chief. George H.W. Bush
Bush 41 was a golfer by blood, and that line ran throughout his family. In fact, his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former President of the USGA and the founder of the Walker Cup. Bush was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and can be seen at multiple PGA Tour events each year.
To see the rest of the USA’s Golfing Presidents, go here! Source: Swing by Swing Pictures: Getty Images

The 17 Golf Courses owned by the President-Elect!

Before Donald Trump decided the make a run for the Presidency of the United States, he was a successful businessman, and because of his love for golf, decided to make golf courses part of his enormous portfolio.   of Golf Monthly UK has listed all 16 current courses owned by the President-Elect, plus one that is about to open in Dubai designed by Tiger Woods and called Trump World Golf Club.  He will certainly become the first President that can play golf on his own courses whenever he wants!

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Trump Turnberry image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/06/Screen-Shot-2016-06-24-at-11.12.40-630×420.png Golf Courses Donald Trump Owns Home to the famous Ailsa Course, Turnberry has hosted four Open Championships and received a stunning makeover this year – See all of Turnberry’s course changes. Trump International Golf Links – Aberdeen, Scotland image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/10/Trump-3-630×473.jpg Golf Courses Donald Trump Owns Trump’s Aberdeen property really is of high quality – as a new entry, it went straight into  Golf Monthly’s 2015/16 Top 100 courses UK&I at number 14. Trump International Golf Links – Doonbeg, Ireland image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2014/11/Trump-Ireland-3-doonbeg6th-630×420.jpg Golf Courses Donald Trump Owns The International Golf Links in Doonbeg ranks 32nd in our top 100 rankings and features one of golf’s best opening holes. Designed by Greg Norman, he described it as the best piece of golfing property he had ever seen.

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Trump National – Los Angeles, California image: https://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/11/GettyImages-51974558-630×421.jpg Golf Courses Donald Trump Owns The Pete Dye designed course opened in 2005 and is open to the public. It’s one of the most expensive courses ever built at $250m and is ranked as one of the best courses in California. Trump National – Jupiter, Florida Trump’s Jupiter course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is famous for its water hazards and an island green. Trump Doral – Miami, Florida
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The closing par-4 18th during the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Home to four courses, Doral has hosted the WGC-Cadillac Championship on the Blue Monster since 2007 (which will now be moving to Mexico) and was the venue for the Doral Open on the PGA Tour from 1962-2006. To see the rest of Donald Trump’s golf course empire, go here! Source :  of Golf Monthly UK

A sit down with Donald Trump to talk Golf and the Presidency!

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump moves the needle!  He always expresses an opinion which is refreshing, compared to the humming and hawing of most politicians. He certainly has been successful in his business enterprises and with golf being in the forefront, how will his position (if he is elected President) affect his courses?  , of Golf Digest, sits down with the Donald to get some answers.

This interview was conducted in Donald Trump’s office on the 26th floor of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The day before, the PGA of America had cancelled this year’s Grand Slam of Golf, which had been scheduled to be played at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in October, but was moved from that venue after Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants in July, which caused several corporations to disassociate from him. Trump, 69, seemed unbothered by the news, he and his spokesman pointing out that he still has three years on his contract to host the event, and that the decision to move the venue had allowed time to remove a waterfall on the course.

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You’ve become a major player in golf. How would you compare the way you’ve reached that station to how you’ve become a major political player in your run for President?

I think very different in one way, and very similar in another. My golf is very high end. Great locations, great courses, highly acclaimed. And the word quality is important. I get things done, but I like to say I get it done with superb quality. I have locations that are good for many other things. So I’m not necessarily stuck in the world of golf. But I choose to be. But I have land that is so valuable, that if I ever wanted to do housing on it, as an example, but I just don’t choose to do that.

For government, you have to do it differently, but I think the quality of what we would do would be much better. Our infrastructure has to be rebuilt. Our bridges are literally crumbling. They need work and nobody is doing anything. Our roads, our schools, our airports. So I think I’d start a process where we would have a much higher quality at a much lesser cost. I think there would be far better management. You look at the vets, how badly they’ve been treated. Reports have come out that 300,000 vets have died waiting to get into the Veteran’s administration.

It’s probably at the worst point it’s ever been. So I think the management of the country would be much better. And I think I get great credit for management, not only for my golf courses but the way I manage the company.

I respect lean and mean, but I don’t think my style is lean and mean. I spend more money than I would have to. But I like to see it perfect. And I see a lot of people who spend a lot of money and don’t make it perfect, and that’s the worst of all combinations.

There is tremendous fat in government. A lot can be cut. We have to, because look at the budget deficits that we have. Look at the money that we owe. We owe $19 trillion. That’s hard to believe. That’s a big job when you think of it.

But one thing about government, you have to manage, but you also have to manage with a heart. You need heart. In golf you don’t have to manage with heart. Or in business you don’t necessarily have to manage with heart. But in government you do have to manage with heart. And I understand that.

What have you learned from the presidential experience?

Well, I had no idea it would be this big, number one. Because when you look at what’s happened in terms of the level of popularity and the polls, I didn’t think it would be that fast. And once I announced it was like a rocket ship. Nobody thought I was going to run, and once I announced, it’s gone very fast.

Number two, it’s a nasty business. It’s nasty. I find great dishonesty. Sort of the opposite of golf, I find great dishonesty in the world of politics.

To read the rest of this interesting interview, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest

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Great Stories at Women's Open . . . Trump not one of them!

This weekend at Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, Inbee Park continues her quest for a career Grand Slam, young star Lydia Ko is trying to win her first Major, and Michelle Wie is bravely competing for the win with an injured left foot and other health issues. Steve Douglas for Yahoo Sports says that “Trump will bring a circus some players would prefer not to see.” For Michelle Wie’s comments on the ‘Donald,’ check out this story:

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Donald Trump turned a brief trip to a golf tournament in Scotland into an extension of his presidential campaign trail when he attended the Women’s Open at his plush Turnberry resort on Thursday.

The first round of one of the high-profile events in women’s golf wound up being a mere sideshow from the moment the Republican arrived at the course with family members in his private helicopter, declaring “the world has asked me to be here.”

Questions to Trump were restricted to golf and his future plans for Turnberry, the world’s media had been warned.

It didn’t turn out that way.

Wearing a red hat emblazoned with his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” the billionaire celebrity businessman spoke of how he would “get along very well” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and make the U.S military “so strong that nobody would mess with us,” if he became president.

Trump, whose grandmother was born in Scotland, also weighed in on British politics, saying he hoped there would not be another independence referendum in Scotland for 50 years because of the “bedlam and confusion” created by last year’s vote.

Trump’s provocative comments on topics like immigration have commanded lots of media attention and attracted rising poll numbers, and he said he would continue stating his strong views because “we’re so politically correct in our country that people are sick and tired of things not getting done.”

For the golf industry, though, his comments have been problematic.

The Women’s British Open, the fourth of five major championships, is the biggest event to be staged at one of Trump’s 18 golf properties since his disparaging comments about Mexicans during his presidential campaign announcement last month. Trump said that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S., and some are rapists.

Golf authorities have distanced themselves from his remarks and an October tournament on one of Trump’s courses in Los Angeles — the Grand Slam of Golf — was moved.

It was too late, though, for a potential change in venue for the Women’s British Open, and Michelle Wie — one of the stars of the women’s tour — said this week she believes Trump’s presence at Turnberry will distract from the competition.

To read more on this article, go here! Source : yahoo sports Pictures : Jeff Pearce  

Is Donald Trump a Bufoon or is he Essential to the Golf Industry?

Trump’s legendary ego has led him once again to embarrass himself. Except that he’s not embarrassed. The Donald thinks it’s fine that he publicly said recently that most Mexicans that enter the USA are drug dealers or rapists. These kinds of idiotic comments obviously affect his wacky campaign for President of the USA, but do they effect his standing in the golf community? Trump owns several courses in the USA, and one in Puerto Rico, which host PGA and Senior PGA Tour events. With Univision TV, NBC and Macy’s severing ties with Trump over his inflammatory remarks, one wonders if the executivse in professional golf will make any changes to scheduling of events at his courses. The most offensive comment I’ve heard him say to Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte is “I have Mexicans and South Americans working for me all over the country, and believe me, they love me and I love them.” Ya Think?? Leave your comments below. Thanks to Ryan Ballengee at Yahoo Sports for this story:  

Univision. NBCUniversal. Macy’s. They’ve all severed ties with 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump over remarks he made about immigration and Mexicans. The two broadcast powers have refused to air the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump partially owns, on July 12, and Mexican officials affiliated with the outdated pageant have said they won’t send a representative to the event.

Donald Trump playing in the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

Donald Trump playing in the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach with Mark Wahlberg.

Trump has responded in-kind with harsh remarks, particularly through Twitter, setting ablaze any potential future relationship with these companies.

However, while Trump has been battling on multiple fronts, he believed he has the backing of the golf world.

“I’ve had tremendous support from the golf world, because they all know I’m right,” Trump said toGolfWorld’s Tim Rosaforte. “I’ve been great to golf. I’ve been investing while everybody else was fleeing.”

Trump believes his record of employing people of Latin and Hispanic descent is a demonstration of nuance in his remarks about illegal immigration.

Donald Trump's influence in the golfing community throughout the world is significant.  How is this community going to resond to his latest remarks?

Donald Trump’s influence in the golfing community throughout the world is significant. How is this community going to respond to his latest remarks?

“I have Mexicans and South Americans working for me all over the country and believe me, they love me and I love them,” Trump said. “I think they’re great. I’ve had great support and I haven’t heard one negative thing and frankly I don’t expect to.”

To read the rest of Ryan Ballangee’s story, go here. Source : Yahoo Sports Blogs Pictures : Gage Skidmore  Steve Jurvetson

Did the Narrow Mouthed Whorl Snail change the face of Irish Golf?

I played Doonbeg  a few years ago when I took a group to Ireland for a golfing vacation.  My comments were : “Greg Norman ruined a great piece of property” and “This is not a course I wish to play again.”  I might change my mind about playing this course again since Donald Trump purchased Doonbeg Golf club recently and will rename it Trump International Golf Links. But the Donald did have his trials and tribulations along the way, and thanks to an endangered species of Narrow Mouthed Whorl Snails, changed the design, I think for the better. Thomas Breathnach of Maxim Man, files this report on a course I am looking forward to playing in the future.  
The 14th hole at Trump International Golf Links, formally Doonbeg GC.

The 14th hole at Trump International Golf Links, formerly Doonbeg GC.

 
When one of Ireland’s top luxury golf resorts rolled off the green and into the red earlier this year, Donald Trump went and found a bargain. For $11 million (bankrolled by a further $36 million in investment), the most thoroughly gilded name in real estate bought himself one of the world’s most iconic golf courses. It was uncertain news for duffers—the hairpiece plays off four, but has a Floridian approach to course design—but there was a catch. The Donald didn’t just buy 18 premier holes and a shining estate, he purchased the last remaining redoubt of Vertigo Augustior. Otherwise known as the Narrow-Mouthed Whorl Snail (well, it’s not really known at all), Augustior is a protected species in Ireland. Landing in the new-found homeland of the endangered creatures (all 60 million of them) looked like it a bad bounce for Trump. He had already been pouring millions of euros to reverse the course damage suffered from a ferocious cyclone last winter, and suddenly he looked like he was going to have to take a mulligan. Trump’s development work was halted by Irish authorities; truckloads of rock armor hauled in to protect the site from coastal erosion were stalled and plans to expand the course into Augustior’s hallowed habitat were thwarted. While the hot money might have been on an environmental collision course, Trump reached an agreement to save the mollusk. All he had to was change his plans for the course. In so doing, he may have ultimately changed the history of Irish golf. Rather than pursuing a heftier reroute, Trump drafted acclaimed course architect Martin Hawtree to sensitively airbrush the terrain. The result is a championship (originally mastered by Greg Norman) commands epic panoramic views over the ocean, which mercilessly batters its greens. “It’s wild and woolly. A classic links course with a lot of soul—all created by the elements,” explains Brian Shaw the Head Golf Pro presiding over the par 72. “You really have to play with the land here and use it to your advantage. That means lots of ‘bump and run’ and a complete arsenal of shots to keep the ball down.” It’s an awesomely raw affair. But the lack of tree shelter and man-made water features doesn’t mean the course comes without its own natural hazards. Due to the undulating nature of the terrain, which dips and dives between swallowing sand bunkers and plunging cliff faces, self-drive golf buggies have been 86ed at the resort, all for the greater good, according to Shaw. “We’ve had a couple of incidents here…so we prefer folks not to drive out there alone.” Perhaps when on a Trump course, it’s only fitting that guests are caddy-chauffeured. Back toward the 19th, Trump’s luxury home range itself is just as arresting. A gear-shifting driveway sweeps along fairways and thatched cottages before eventually weaving its windswept path toward the estate’s baronial manor, classically pimped with a fleet of private Mercs. Built in 2002 to retro-capture the grandeur of a historic Irish homestead, the hotel’s resulting vibe falls somewhere between the pomp of Downton Abbey and the plush five-star cushiness of a Nantucket country club. That’s not to say there’s a shortage of high-end Irish trademarks; wilderness massages in the hotel spa, sea-kayaking trips to the local village, reserve Irish whiskeys in the clubhouse bar. But most people tarry to this edge of Europe, for one reason and one reason alone: swinging and sinking.
Source : Thomas Breathnach  Pictures : Maxim Man    Terrance Siemon

Stock Market for Golfers. Who is up and Who is down?

A month shy of the first Major of the year, it is time to take note of who is trending up and who  is trending down.  Who would your pick be?  Do you want to enter a fun competition and win a 3 day school from one of the top 5 schools in the nation?  Pick 10 players who you think have a chance of winning a Major this year. Click here for more details. The Golf Channel, the leading resource for golf news provides us with some interesting storylines on their Stock Market for Golfers.
The stocks of PGA Tour players and Courses as reported by The Golf Channel.

The stocks of PGA Tour players and Courses as reported by The Golf Channel.

 Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. RISING DJ (+9%): It’s not an exaggeration: This guy can be a world-beater … if he wants it. Hopefully Johnson truly has turned the corner in his career and in his personal life, because he’s a remarkable talent and a joy to watch. Inbee (+7%): Her HSBC title was more than just a big-time win against her two chief rivals. Park looked them in the eye and beat them, straight up, a victory that will supply her not just with confidence but also a psychological edge. LPGA (+5%): Week-in, week-out the ladies are producing the kind of storylines that a marketing department can only dreamabout. If the top three players in the world played in the same group on Sunday in a PGA Tour event, well, our heads would explode. Bubba (+3%): His inward 39 cost him a chance at another boldfaced title, but all signs point to Watson being locked in as the Masters favorite. P-Reed (+1%): He’s fighting back, and for good reason. In our sport, there is nothing worse than being labeled a “cheat,” so if Reed remains steadfast that he didn’t steal from teammates or cheat during college events, he’s smart to challenge the allegations.
FALLING Rory (-1%): OK, so it’s probably not a great sign that we spent more time last week talking about his club fling than his golf game. Only one start remains before Augusta. J.B. Holmes (-2%): His opening 62 at Doral was a career round, but the big bopper was 2 over the rest of the way and coughed up a five-shot lead. Tim Finchem (-4%): Seems Phil is a powerful persuader, because that was a rare gaffe from the PGA Tour commish, admitting that he “whiffed” when he green-lighted the PGA’s plan to exclude the fall events from Ryder Cup qualifying. With an improved relationship between the two organizations, we’d expect a points-structure change with the health of the Tour at stake. Tour transparency (-5%): On the telecast and in the media tent afterward, it was an awkward tap dance for everyone involved with DJ winning a big event only a month after returning from a suspicious leave of absence. Blame the PGA Tour’s ridiculous policy of not disclosing player discipline. Trump National Doral (-8%): In the past few years, can you recall a regular PGA Tour venue being so roundly (and publicly) criticized by normally p.r.-conscious Tour types? Nope.
Source : Golf Central Blog   Ryan Lavner Pictures : Alan Ajifo