Course Architect: Tom Fazio
Year Opened: 2004
Location: Bedminster, New Jersey
Slope: 147. Rating: 77.3
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,560
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 567 Yds    10 - Par 3 189 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 436 Yds    11 - Par 4 332 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 460 Yds    12 - Par 5 610 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 206 Yds    13 - Par 4 416 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 488 Yds    14 - Par 4 413 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 438 Yds    15 - Par 4 427 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 185 Yds    16 - Par 4 480 Yds
                      8 - Par 5 565 Yds    17 - Par 3 233 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 460 Yds    18 - Par 5 655 Yds
                      Par 36  3,805 Yds     Par 36  3,755 Yds

Key Events Held: U.S. Junior Amateur (2009),
                 U.S. Girls' Junior (2009),
                 PGA Championship (2022).

Awards Won: Ranked #48 Top 100 golf courses in U.S. by Golf Magazine (2005),
            Ranked #87 Top 100 golf courses in World by Golf Magazine (2005),
            #45 Golf Magazine - Top-50 Greatest Courses last 50 years (2009).


HISTORY:  525  acres of  pristine  property  in the  heart  of  New Jersey  is
generally  not available to just anyone and when Donald Trump viewed the land,
he  knew it  was something  special and  it had  to be  his. Quite  the golfer
himself, Trump opened his pockets, sparing no expense. He started off with one
of  the greatest  architects of  our time,  Tom Fazio.  With no  less than  14
courses  ranked  in the top-100  in the United  States, including three of the
top-25, Fazio set off to create a world class golf club.

This outstanding piece of land dates back to the 1600's. The Duyckinck family,
a Dutch farming family, lived on the Lamington Farm property through the early
1900's,  living in  the "Old  Dutch House"  which is  located adjacent  to the
practice  facility. The  family grew apples, had an apple press to make cider,
and  raised sheep. Legend has it that the land was haunted. John Duyckinck, an
alleged  British sympathizer was confined to live within the boundaries of the
property  after  being jailed and  exiled by George  Washington in 1779. It is
still unclear if Duyckinck was a Revolutionary War hero, or a British spy, but
past  residents claim to  have heard the sounds of riding boots echoing in the

The  property  was then purchased by  the Morgan Cowperthwaite family in 1917.
Heralded designer Mott B. Schmidt of New York City was commissioned by John K.
Cowperthwaite,  Morgan's  son, and  his wife Victoria  to build the residence.
Schmidt  was  a master architect  who constructed the  Susan B. Wagner wing of
Gracie  Mansion, Sutton  Place and homes for the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers.
During  this  time, the  property flourished,  as fox  hunting, a diversion of
society's  elite,  was often held  in the fall,  while weddings and balls also
graced  the land. Cattle  was raised on the estate and the Lamington beef were
some of the finest in the area.

The  Cowperthwaite family  maintained the  land until  automobile manufacturer
John  Z. DeLorean took  over in 1981. Yes, that's the same DeLorean, who's car
along  with  actor Michael J.  Fox starred in the  movie "Back to the Future."
In January of 2000, the land was sold in bankruptcy court to Lamington Farm
Club LLC, with National Fairways as a minority partner. Fazio was brought in
and began construction in late 2000 and early 2001. Falling into bankruptcy of
its own in 2002, National Fairways had to sell, with three holes shaped, four
other holes under construction  and  the  course  fully routed. It was then,
that  "The Donald"  acquired  this magnificent  tract  of land  and  fell in
love  with its buildings and grounds, committing to  create a course and club
for the ages. Trump started by restoring the Georgian  Manor house, which now
serves as the clubhouse at Trump National.

Fazio and his design team were given carte blanche to create history, which is
exactly  what  they  did.  "The  property is  sensational  and  the  land  was
tremendous  before we ever started," commented Fazio. In just two years, Trump
National,  Bedminster was rated by Golf Magazine as one of the top-100 courses
in the World. That's high praise for a course that Fazio calls, "as good as it

REVIEW: Most courses open up with a relatively simple first hole, allowing for
a  little  warm-up. Not Trump  National. The opener is  a rugged par five, the
third handicap hole, stretching 567 yards from the black markers. Ninety-three
yards  of  sand guards  the left  side of  the landing  area off the slightly-
elevated  tee, while trees flank the right. Two choices remain for your second
shot.  Number one, lay-up around the 100-yard mark to the green, thus avoiding
the  tight  fairway and bunkers  on both sides  of the fairway. Second option,
take  three-metal and  go for the green.  Most likely you'll be short, but the
green  is  wide open, which  will leave a short  pitch. The putting surface is
devoid  of  sand and  quite  large  at 42  yards  long,  making accurate  club
selection  crucial.  Part  of  what  makes this  course  so  special  are  the
outstanding vistas on each and every hole, especially number one.

The  second  is a  fairly straight-forward par  four. The key  here is the tee
shot, which must carry 240 yards from the elevated back buttons over a stream.
Favor  the  right side  despite the sand,  as trees guard  the left. The green
bends slightly to the right and is flanked by 120-yard bunker that begins from
96  yards out. The putting surface, one of the longest on the course (48 yards
in length), slopes from back to front and is quite slick.

The  next  hole lies across  the road  of the main  driveway that leads to the
clubhouse.  This dogleg left par four at first look, seems fairly easy. Not so
fast.  A preserved  wetland must be crossed  from the tee to an uphill fairway
that slopes away from the player on the right side. The rough is thick and the
bunkering on the left is well below the fairway. Your approach to the elevated
green  is made even more difficult by the slope of the putting surface and the
deep  traps left and short-right. Making par on this hole could be harder than
getting to play the course.

The  fourth  consecutive hole  to feature a  40-yard-plus green, the par-three
fourth  is a gem,  stretching 226 yards. From an elevated tee box, a long iron
or fairway metal is needed to reach the putting surface, which is fronted by a
small  lake. Sand protects the left side, but the real difficulty is the green
which features plenty of slope and contours.

One  of the finest  holes on the course, the fifth is a monster of a par four,
stretching  488 yards uphill from tee to green. Not only is length a must, but
accuracy  is  key. Thick  rough covers both  sides of the  fairway and if that
wasn't  enough, a  pair of traps down  the right side landing area are next to
impossible  to  get out of.  Your second shot,  from the rolling fairway, will
require  and extra club  or two, just to sniff the putting surface. The green,
tucked  to  the left, has  two deep  bunkers on the  left side and one, short-
right. A back-left pin is the most difficult on this gem of a hole.

The sixth is one of the many signature holes at Trump National. Just 438 yards
from the back tees, this downhill par four plays much shorter than its yardage
indicates,  and  features a peninsula green.  The strength of the hole lies in
its  strategy. Driver  can be used off  the tee, however, that will bring sand
and  possible water  into play. If successful, just a short, downhill 100-yard
pitch will remain. The other choice, is fairway metal or long iron, which will
set  up a short  iron into one of the longest greens on the course (49 yards).
Although  water  is taken  out of play  with this option,  sand traps down the
right  side and  thick rough left join  the fray. If you thought getting there
was  difficult,  the putting surface features  plenty of slope and with shaved
edges  towards the  water, well, you do  the math. Making a big number here is
very possible.

If  there  is a breather  on the front nine,  it's the par-three seventh. But,
let's  not be too hasty. Although just 185 yards, the hole plays over water to
a  very shallow green  that is precariously close to the edge of the lake. One
trap  fronts the green, however when the wind is up and the pin is back-right,
the term, "bailout left," comes to mind.

The  number one  handicap hole on the course,  the eighth is one bear of a par
five. To begin with, it's 565 yards, uphill and a dogleg left. Two large traps
occupy  75  yards of space on  the left side of  the landing area off the tee,
while trees guard the right. Here is where it gets tricky. Your second shot is
either  a simple layup short of the creek and wetlands leaving an uphill, 150-
yard  shot or hit a fairway metal or rescue club over the hazard for a shorter
approach.  The  real danger is  the large, hardwood  tree that blocks the left
side  of the fairway and the group of trees to the right. On to the green. The
putting  surface, the narrowest on the course (23 yards in depth), slopes from
back  to  front and  is guarded by  a 50-yard, gargantuan  bunker prior to the
short grass. All I can say is, I'd like another shot at this hole.

Returning  to the clubhouse, the ninth hole is a stout, 460-yard, dogleg right
par  four. Tall trees  and a 46-yard trap blanket the corner of this beauty. A
strong,  Jack Nicklaus-type fade off the tee would be ideal, thus setting up a
mid  to long iron to the longest green on the front nine. The putting surface,
which  sits across  from the clubhouse, features a massive, deep bunker on the
left  side.  Play towards the right  side and worse-case scenario, you'll make
bogey. Not a a bad score on this hole.

The back nine opens with a lovely par three, fronted by a lake and featuring a
wickedly,  contoured green.  Although a back-left flag would be difficult, any
pin  up  front will be  extremely tough, as  the putting surface falls sharply
toward  the water. A  long iron is required to negotiate this gem, but it will
be  the flat stick  that gets you par. The green is only 29 yards deep, but it
is quite wide and sloping from left to right and back to front. Miss the green
here and you're making bogey...or worse.

A  chance to  get one back, but with  a catch. The 11th is just 332 yards from
the  tips, however club selection from tee to green and accuracy is key. First
of  all, driver  is not an option off  the tee, as water can be reached with a
blast  over 250 yards. So the sensible selection would be a fairway metal or a
bold  three-wood down the  left side. This is risky, as two bunkers guard that
side  of  the fairway, as  it narrows towards the  green. The bottom line, 230
yards  off the tee will leave a short pitch to a 41-yard long green, protected
on  the  right by  a lake and  left by sand.  Missing right  or long will be a
problem,  especially  with a deep flag.  The putting surface is exposed to the
elements, so be careful, or you'll make double-bogey like I did.

Most  would have you believe that the par-five 12th would be a birdie hole. At
610  yards, it's more like survival. The tee shot is slightly uphill and needs
to favor the left side, as a pair of long bunkers (40 and 33 yards long) flank
the right. After a successful tee ball, a proper layup is required, once again
down  the left, as to avoid the lake which lurks short and right of the green.
The  putting surface  is boomerang in shape,  with sand left and right. A back
right  flag  can add 20 yards  to the hole and  will make this one of the most
difficult holes on the course.

One  of  the few benign holes  on the course,  the 13th is relatively short by
today's  standards at 416  yards. Devoid of fairway sand, this par four can be
had,  as  the landing  area is  quite wide. A  short iron  will remain to this
slightly  dogleg right,  but beware  of the  "Sahara" sand  trap right  of the
green.  It  starts 86 yards away  and encompasses most of the putting surface.
Speaking  of the green, it's the longest on the course, a whopping 57 yards in

As wide open as the 13th is, the 14th is just the opposite. A beautiful, tree-
lined  dogleg left par four, this 413 yarder requires a 200-yard carry just to
reach  the fairway and another 40 yards to get in sight of the elevated green.
Grand oak trees cover both sides of the fairway, one of the prettiest settings
on  the course.  An extra  club  is needed  to  gain entrance  to the  putting
surface, which is just 26 yards in depth. The lone bunker on the hole is short
and  left of  the green. Any ball on  the front edge or shy of the green, will
roll down back into the fairway, leaving an awkward pitch back up the hill.

The  15th starts  one of the finest  stretches of holes in golf. A sensational
dogleg  right  par four,  the 15th is  an uphill gem  that requires a 220-yard
carry  over a ravine to a fairway flanked by trees left and right. The uphill,
rolling  fairway features  one trap 20 yards  in length in the landing zone on
the  right and  another 45 yards up  the fairway, for those of us who struggle
off  the  tee and  need to  layup. The shallow,  two-tiered putting surface is
quite slick from back to front and features a huge trap, front and left.

From  the  highest  point on  the  property,  the  view  on the  16th  tee  is
breathtaking,  as  you take in  holes five  and six to  the left and what lies
ahead.  This  massive, downhill dogleg left  par four stretches 480 yards from
the  tips. Although elevated,  the tee shot is daunting, as it requires a 255-
yard  carry over  a lake to a generous fairway, protected by three troublesome
bunkers  right  and a tall oak  left. Even with  a properly placed tee shot, a
long  iron  will remain, as  the hole swings harshly  to the left. The putting
surface, although not that deep, falls off sharply on the edges and is guarded
in  front by a solo trap. A front-left flag could be the hardest to get at, as
the green is quite tight due to slope.

How  can  a 233-yard par three  be the easiest  on the course? That's what the
scorecard  says,  but the  17th is far  from simple. The  carry alone over the
wetlands to the green from the tips is a modest 210 yards. Two tall trees, one
on  each  side of  the green,  make for a  imposing target.  A pair of winding
streams  protect  the putting surface,  front and back,  not to mention a deep
trap,  just short and  left of the green. The short grass is 46 yards in depth
and  slopes  sharply to the front.  By the way,  the view of the historic barn
behind the green is awesome.

With the 17th behind you, now all you have to do is conquer the 655-yard 18th.
This  is  one of  those holes  where you  should have  looked at the scorecard
before starting and decided not to play the back tees. If you can imagine, 100
yards  separates the gold and black buttons. The fairway traps are out of play
from  the back  tees, as it takes a  343-yard wallop to reach one of the seven
fairway traps. The key off the tee is favoring the right side, as the barn and
silo  jut out down  the left side of this dogleg. After success off the tee, a
fairway  metal must  negotiate long bunkers down both sides of the fairway, as
you  climb uphill to the green. Let's not forget that the landing area narrows
as  you near the putting surface. The difficulty will be with your third shot,
judging  the distance to the pin. The green is a 56 yards long and has a ridge
in  the center  running from front to  back. A flag in the back-right quadrant
will  bring  the two  greenside traps  into play and  make this  one bear of a
closing hole.

FINAL  WORD: A  course like  this comes  along just  once in  a decade.  Trump
National  Bedminster has it all. Let's begin with the amenities. There will be
11 cottages built on the property, located a short distance from the clubhouse
in  a separate  "village", that will be available to members and their guests.
How  about  an 25-yard long  swimming pool, tennis  courts, spa, trap shooting
range  and sport  clays course, riding trails and a heliport. Located adjacent
to  the clubhouse  and across  from the  pro shop,  the men's  locker area  is
situated  in  a two-story  carriage house,  complete with  all the comforts of
home.  The clubhouse  was designed  by noted  architect Mott  B. Schmidt,  who
constructed the brick Georgian clubhouse in 1939.

Now  let's talk  golf. First of all,  the practice facility. 16 acres of land,
including  a three-tiered driving range, short game facility with two practice
greens  allowing  shots ranging from 20  to 120 yards, six additional practice
greens in the chipping and putting area and one private lesson tee.

The  course,  well in a word,  superb. The Bedminster layout is outstanding in
all aspects and it's just two years old. Five sets of tees, ranging from 5,100
to  7,560 yards,  so the course is  for all players, not just the single-digit
golfer. With his name on the marquee, you have to believe that Mr. Trump would
not  skimp  on details. He  certainly has  not, with impeccable grounds, great
course  conditioning  and an fine-tuned staff,  Trump National is what golf in
America  is all  about  and what  it  will be  in the  future.  Big, bold  and
beautiful.  Elevated  tees, rolling, tree-lined fairways, seven water hazards,
forced carries, chipping areas and large contoured greens. There's no question
that  this course will someday host a major event. "This course was built with
tournaments  in mind," said Trump. "Besides offering a great challenge for the
best  players in  the world,  we've created  great spaces  for gallery,  ample
parking  and  ease of access."  Not the easiest  of tickets, as Trump National
Bedminster  is by invitation only. But what the heck, if you got it, spend it.
Spectacular countryside, phenomenal golf and a great ambiance. Can you imagine
what  this venue  will be like in the  coming years? Like a fine wine, it will
only get better with age.