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

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

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

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump moves the needle!  

He always expresses a refreshing opinion, compared to the humming and hawing of most politicians. He certainly has been successful in his business enterprises, and with golf being at the forefront, how will his position (if he is elected President) affect his courses?   of Golf Digest sits down with 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.

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

You’ve become a major player in golf. How would you compare how 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 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.

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

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’m not “mean and lean.”

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 happening in terms of the level of popularity and the polls, I didn’t think it would be that fast.  Nobody thought I was going to run.  Once I made the announcment, it’s all started to happen 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!

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

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

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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 injury to her 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” with last year’s vote.

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

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 stage a tournament 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 — The organizers decided to move the tournament.

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

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

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

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

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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 affect 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 executives in professional golf will make any changes to the 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??

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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.

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

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

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 to GolfWorld’s Tim Rosaforte

I have 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.

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“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 Ballengee’s story, go here.

Source: Yahoo Sports Blogs

Pictures: Gage Skidmore  Steve Jurvetson

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

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

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I played Doonbeg a few years ago when I took a group to Ireland for a golfing vacation. 

My comments were: “Greg Norman made a wreck of 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 the Doonbeg Golf club 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.

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

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, suffering from a ferocious cyclone last winter, and suddenly 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 airbrush the terrain sensitively.

The result is a championship (originally a Greg Norman Design) 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, the resort forbids self-drive golf buggies, 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 have their own chauffeur.

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

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

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

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

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

A month shy of the first Major of the year, it is time to note 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 nation’s top 5 schools?  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 interesting storylines on their Stock Market for Golfers.

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

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.

 

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.

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

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