Golden Bear’s son bor­rows Trump’s he­li­copter to play Machri­han­ish

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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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.

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