Peo­ple ask me ‘What’s Don­ald Trump re­ally like, and is he good for golf?’

Golf World (UK) - - From The Editor - Nick Wright, Ed­i­tor nick.jwright@bauer­me­ @nick­jameswright

When I tell peo­ple what I do for a liv­ing, two ques­tions usu­ally pop up. The first is, “Have you been to Au­gusta and, if so, is it re­ally as good as it looks on TV?” The an­swer is yes, sev­eral times, and it is. Bet­ter, in fact. The sec­ond ques­tion is, “Have you met Tiger Woods?” The an­swer this time is no. Through­out his ca­reer, Woods has trav­elled with a large team of body­guards tasked with keep­ing jour­nal­ists, fans and, at times, even other play­ers at arm’s length from their man. So tight has been the se­cu­rity cor­don, the me­dia has joked it would be eas­ier to get an in­ter­view with the Pres­i­dent of the United States than the win­ner of 14 ma­jors.

On that note, a third ques­tion has emerged fol­low­ing the elec­tion that re­cently took place across the pond. “What’s Don­ald Trump re­ally like, and is he good for golf?” This time, I can pro­vide some in­sight.

About 18 months ago, I was in­vited to play golf with Trump at his Trump In­ter­na­tional Links in Aberdeen. Hav­ing re­cently ac­quired Turn­berry in Ayr­shire and Doon­beg in Ire­land, he was over for a brief in­spec­tion tour. Pol­i­tics aside, over din­ner the night be­fore, Trump was a charm­ing host and an en­gag­ing con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist. On the golf course the fol­low­ing day, he was a re­laxed and fun play­ing part­ner. We talked about his phi­los­o­phy on course de­sign and, in par­tic­u­lar, his planned changes for Turn­berry. Trump told me he felt the Ailsa was over­rated, but not to worry be­cause he was go­ing to turn it into one of the best golf cour­ses on the planet. Al­though I took his com­ments with a pinch of salt, I was de­lighted to find he had ac­tu­ally over-de­liv­ered on his prom­ise when I played the re­vamped lay­out ear­lier this year. You can read more about our round on page 60.

Only time will tell if Trump turns out to be an ac­com­plished politi­cian, but if we can learn any­thing from the work he has done to his cour­ses, you have to say he’s pretty good at mak­ing them great again!

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