"Pass me the Kool-Aid, because I'm taking a deep drink"
By mustang6560 on 7/12/12
Even though I am thoroughly interested in the new Trump International Golf Links, I'll do my best to not bombard you with stories about the "greatest golf course in the world". However, I do want to share Joe Passov's review of Donald Trump's new course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland because sometimes what glitters is actually gold.
I played Trump Scotland during the grand opening as well, and I have my own opinion: Pass me the Kool-Aid, because I’m taking a deep drink. This course lives up to every bit of the hype.

Mind you, I’ve been down this road before with Trump. He’s relentless in his assessment that he has the best course in New York, the best in New Jersey, the best in Florida and the best in California. I tip my hat to each of his efforts. They’re mostly terrific. But I’ll toss back Shinnecock Hills, Pine Valley, Seminole and Cypress Point in rebuttal.

Scotland also has a few courses that folks admire. Try St. Andrews, Turnberry and Muirfield, for starters. The point is, however, that not one of these courses remotely resembles Trump Scotland, in look or playability, nor does fan favorite and Scottish Open host Castle Stuart for that matter. For pure grandeur of setting and as a championship test of golf, Trump Scotland blows away those well-respected elders.
I am expecting an invitation to play Trump International Golf Links from The Donald any day now.

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bkuehn1952 says:
The one thing the course is missing is history. If I am going to make the trip to Scotland, my first $250 is going toward a round at the Old Course at St. Andrews.
falcon50driver says:
That would be my choice as well.
BentPutter says:
Trump made no shortage of enemies with the locals in building this course. Of course, I'd be willing to bet that could be said for any new course.
dartboss04 says:
I understand that there is no history, but the images of this course are pretty special.
hp says:
@BentPutter "enemies with the locals...any new course..."

That's not true.

Mike Keiser continues to try and be a friend to the people of Bandon. That is why he is just about green lit on building Bandon Muni with Gil Hanse on property that many others have tried to develop, but failed.
Torleif Sorenson says:
HP is correct, as usual.

Meanwhile, David McLay Kidd's Castle Course at Saint Andrews and Sand Hills near Mullen, Nebraska, don't have gobs of history either, but nobody is questioning the legitimacy of the greatness of either of those courses. Mr. Trump himself said that it will take at least a decade and some experience hosting other tournaments before he feels his new course could be considered for hosting an Open Championship.

When Joe Passov says that Trump International Golf Links is a "bucket-list course," that's all I need to hear. When I can afford to go, I will go.
tfarrell826 says:
Uh, lots of people question the legitimacy of the greatness of the Castle course. Despised by many actually, very controversial from a design perspective.
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