Golden Bear’s son borrows Trump’s helicopter to play Machrihanish
THE SON of arguably golf’s greatest player borrowed the potential future US president Donald Trump’s helicopter to play a round at Machrihanish.
Steve Nicklaus, son of 18-time major winner Jack, arrived in Machrihanish to play the course, which was described as having possibly the greatest opening hole in golf by his father.
‘Battery’ is a nerve-jangling opener that entices players to play over the corner of Westport beach with their first shot.
Club captain Fergus Walker explained: ‘He was over in Scotland on a golf tour with 11 friends. They flew back over to Turnberry after playing our course.
‘Steve was a really good guy. He caddied for his father Jack in the past and now runs the business side of things for his dad in their various ventures.’
Calum McLean, a member of the club and the caddymaster, was Steve’s official caddy for the day.
Steve caddied for Jack at several tournaments, including the 2005 British Open, on the Old Course at St Andrews in Fife, which was to be the Golden Bear’s final professional appearance.
Mr Walker added: ‘They all stated they loved the course, saying that it is beautiful and in great condition.’
From left: Fergus Walker, Steve Nicklaus and Calum McLean.
Donald Trump’s helicopter near the nine-hole course at Machrihanish.