(I promise I didn’t write this)
Just a few days ago, I came across an episode of Donald Trump’s “Fabulous World of Golf”. Donald and his golf course design crew were in Aberdeen, Scotland, working on his next design. Apparently, Donald has the land and blueprints to create the “greatest golf course in the world”. As I watched, I became more and more furious with each word that came out of Donald’s mouth. Trump claimed that he has the most sacred golf land in the world, let alone just Scotland. He said that the course, when it opens, will be compared to St. Andrews and all the other great links courses in the world. And that is not even the worst of it. After that, he said that if anybody refuses to acknowledge the fact that his golf course is the greatest, they are lying to everyone, including themselves. To be honest, I have never heard of or seen a more ignorant, egotistical, d-bag my life.
It is of my beliefs that Donald Trump epitomizes the issue with modern golf course design. By today’s standards, there is only one way to build a golf course: include water hazards on 15 of 18 holes, build it on the side of a mountain and call it “links-style”, bury pickup trucks beneath the greens, include windmills and clown-mouths on at least four holes, and make up a bunch of awards claiming how great the place is. If golf course architects were more concerned with building a quality golf course than designing something nobody has ever seen before, I believe golf would be better and more enjoyable for all.