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A Trump Golf Course You or Anyone Can Play

A Trump Golf Course You or Anyone Can Play
(Tom Messner)

Monday, 05 February 2018 02:20 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Trump Ferry Point is, of course, the newest Municipal 18 in the five boroughs of New York City. It was created out of an unofficial city dump at the north end of The Whitestone Bridge.

The site was often rumored to be the burial grounds of Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa, and any random button man who comes to mind.

The course itself was built with, by, and through the hands of Jack Nicklaus, Michael Bloomberg, and a future President Donald J. Trump.

It sits in the Northernmost borough, a few miles from Westchester and the suburbs: The Bronx, immortalized in Al Jolson’s song and pronunciation: “The Smell of the Bronnix is Perfume to me, I wanna go back to New Yawk.”

Trump Ferry Point is clearly most different from any New York area track. While it does compete with Clearview in Queens and Dyker Beach in Brooklyn for bridge views like the one above of the Whitestone, it is almost treeless (we counted one) but whose beauty resides in its hills and bunkers and interestingly-placed greens, not to mention the Manhattan skyline to the Southwest and The Cemetery with its looming giant crucifix to the North.

Our forecaddie at Trump Ferry Point, Brian, moved us along, the three amateurs and a professional, Heath Wassem, then-President of the Met Area PGA. One of them, Stanley Silberstein, noted that the other two amateurs would have been pushed even more at Trump’s course in West Palm Beach or Jupiter. “I am told President Trump plays very fast,” Stanley said. “Wouldn’t have tolerated their dawdling.”

For a municipal course, Trump Ferry Point has a wicked slope rating. Slope is what affects handicaps and how many shots a player is given in competition. Kind of like the Electoral College in that you can lose to an opponent with a raw score but win when the handicap is calculated.

For those into stats, here are the key yardages and slope ratings for the Trump’s Bronx course.

Par 72

76.3/146 7407 Yards

69.7/127 6068 Yards

Instead of onerous initiation fees and annual dues, you can play Trump Ferry Point for less than a hundred bucks and even less if you are a resident of the city and over 65 and go there after three in the afternoon.

One of the amateurs, Bob Kuperman, actually began playing golf on Munis, but not in New York. “I was 36 and never played golf. First track I attempted was a public course called Place Verdes. I played with a guy whose girl friend was about to go on LPGA tour. She told me I could be good at the game since I was left handed but swung righty."


(Caption: NYC Muni ball marker, a subway token from the 1950's.)

“After that I took lessons at LA’s Rancho Park driving range from some old pro.”

Rancho Park is a Muni that has hosted the Los Angeles Open and the U.S. Senior Open in addition to being O.J. Simpson’s home course after he left the Riviera Country Club.

“I also played at Eisenhower, a public course out on the coast. Nice that Presidents get immortalized this way. Better than wasteful monuments. Golf courses are living monuments and the names aren’t forgotten especially if you make a hole-in-one as I did on Ike’s course.”

I was not surprised at all at the quality of what Jack and Mike and Donald created here. The only surprise came when I was told the daily special at the half-way house: Nachos. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” as the poet put it.

Tom Messner worked forever in advertising. In politics, he avoided the predictable negative bent and did positive ads for Reagan in ’84 and for Bush in ’88 along with Bush’s convention film. The agency he co-founded created NASDAQ’s first branding, Volvo’s comeback, and Fox News’s “We report. You Decide.” Then learning from the pols he partnered with (Roger Ailes in particular), they brought attack ads to such formerly benign areas such as telecom (MCI). At 73, he’s doing two things he never did before: Blogging here on wildly unconnected subjects coming on the heels of last year’s adventure: the writing of his first play, a musical “Dogs” destined now for either Broadway or The Pound. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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