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Golf Tourist Dies at TRUMP's Irish Golf Club >His Golf Resorts are Broke

Donald Trump's Scottish Golf Resorts Suffer Heavy Losses

US president had to plough £1.3m into debt-ridden Aberdeenshire resort...
The two resorts lost a total of £17.6m ($23m) last year. Revenue also fell sharply


The Guardian/Independent UK, 15 October 2017.





Trump boasts of making great deals, but financial records filed in the UK show he has lost millions of dollars for three years running on a couple of his more recent big investments, >his Scottish golf resorts.


A Companies House report shows losses last year at the two resorts more than doubled to £17.6m ($23m). Revenue also fell sharply.

In the report, Mr Trump's company attributed the results partly to having shut down its Turnberry resort for half the year while building a new course there and fixing up an old one.

His company has faced several setbacks since it ventured into Scotland a dozen years ago and its troubles recently have mounted.

The company has angered some local residents near its second resort on the North Sea with what they say are its bullying tactics to make way for more development.

The company also has lost a court fight to stop an offshore wind farm near that resort, drew objections from environmental regulators over building plans there in August and appears at risk of losing a bid to host the coveted Scottish Open at its courses.

Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation, declined to comment about the results.

Mr Trump handed over management of his company to his two adult sons before becoming US president, but still retains his financial interest in it.

It is not clear how big a role Mr Trump's setbacks in Scotland have played in the losses. In addition to the Turnberry shutdown, the company also noted in its report that it took an £8 million (10 million dollar) loss due to fluctuations in the value of the pound last year.

The company reported that revenue at the two courses fell 21 per cent to £9 million ($11.7m) in 2016 from £11.4m ($15m) a year earlier.






Trump's golf business is being closely watched because he has made big investments buying and developing courses in recent years, a risky wager in a struggling industry.


It is also a bit of departure for the company. Mr Trump has mostly played it safe in other parts of his business, putting his name on buildings owned by others and taking a marketing and management fee instead of investing himself.

Much of the anger toward Mr Trump in Scotland is centered around his resort outside Aberdeen overlooking the North Sea coast and its famed sand dunes stretching into the distance.

Called the Trump International Golf Links, it is here that a local fisherman became a national hero of sorts for refusing a $690,000 (£520,000) offer from Mr Trump for his land and where footage was shot for a documentary on Trump's fights with the residents, called "Tripping Up Trump".


Many locals praise the course for bringing in more tourists to the area and helping the local economy, but Mr Trump's critics there are outspoken and now, with their target the US president, playing to a worldwide audience.

The same day that the financial report on the resorts was released, an online petition by a global corporate watchdog group fighting Mr Trump's plans for a second 18-hole course to the North Sea resort got signature number 94,860.

When Mr Trump visited his North Sea resort in June last year, two local residents ran Mexican flags up a pole in protest against the then-candidate's immigration policies.

It was a snub that came just after the UK Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Mr Trump's efforts to stop the wind farm, a Scottish government decision to strip him of his title as business ambassador for Scotland and the revocation of an honorary degree from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University.



Both the Scottish government and the university cited Trump's comments about Muslims during the campaign.



In July, the CEO of a major sponsor of the Scottish Open was quoted in a local newspaper casting doubt on Trump's chances of hosting the event.

"There's no decision made but, look, there are clear issues," Aberdeen Asset Management CEO Martin Gilbert was quoted saying.

He added,

"Politics aside, Trump would be an ideal venue - but you can't put politics aside."


Asked for clarification about what Mr Martin meant by "issues" and "politics", Aberdeen Asset spokesman James Thorneley said:

"It's pretty kind of obvious, right?"


Pressed, he said he would not comment further.


This summer, Scotland's Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage, a conservation group, sent letters to Aberdeenshire Council urging it to reject Trump's plans for the second course if he did not make certain changes. A vote by the council, expected in August, was postponed.

The global watchdog group behind the online petition, SumofUs, used the environmental objections in its plea for signatures.

It also seized on Mr Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, to muster support, arguing that Trump's rhetoric has "bolstered white supremacists" across the globe.


It states on its website:

"Now we have a chance to reject Trump's hatred and protect our environment in one fell swoop."

Whether any of this will hurt profits further at Trump's Scottish business in the long run is another matter.


In the financial report, Eric Trump, the president's son and a director of the British subsidiary that owns the two resorts, included a letter expressing confidence that the resorts will attract plenty of golfers.

He said Turnberry had received "excellent reviews" from its guests, and that the reopening of the resort is ushering in an "exciting new era" for the company.

END


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Did Donald Trump Bankrupt a Golf Course, Leaving Puerto Rico with $33 Million in Debt?

A viral string of tweets gets some facts right about a failed business venture involving a Trump company, but it also leaves out some important context.

Snopes...posted 15 October 2017


Donald Trump "bankrupted" a golf course in Puerto Rico, leaving taxpayers there on the hook for $33 million worth of debt.


A Trump company was unable to save a floundering Puerto Rico golf club and resort from bankruptcy after entering into a management and brand licensing agreement with its owners in 2008. As a result of the episode, $32.6 million in government investment was not recouped.

In the aftermath of a series of hurricanes in September 2017 — particularly Maria, which devastated the United States territory of Puerto Rico — President Donald Trump reflected on the infrastructural damage caused by those storms in a 25 September 2017 tweet:


Quote:
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..
1:45 AM - Sep 26, 2017

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In response, public relations and marketing executive Lainie Green issued a series of tweets that went viral, accusing President Trump of having added to Puerto Rico’s debt by bankrupting a golf course there and defaulting on $33 million worth of government-issued bonds:


Quote:
Lainie Green @AureliaGroup
Replying to @realDonaldTrump

Massive debt you and your sons helped when you bankrupted your golf course & never paid back the $33 mil bond you left Puerto Ricans with.

You remember because you filed for the bankruptcy a month after you started running for president in 2015

And you claimed because you didn't own it wasn't your fault that you were just managing for 5 years leading up to the bankruptcy.

So how much are you going to give back of that $600,000 paycheck you got for sticking Puerto Rico with a $33 million debt?
2:03 AM - Sep 26, 2017

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Green’s account of the episode got some facts right, but it also left out some important context necessary for any assessment of Trump’s responsibility for the bankruptcy of the golf course.

According to documents first detailed in a 2016 BuzzFeed investigation, in 2008 Trump International entered into an arrangement with the owners of Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, a foundering resort and golf course that had opened in 2004 on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico about 30 miles from San Juan. Under the agreement, the future president’s company licensed the Trump name to the owners and took on a share of the resort’s day-to-day management in exchange for a fee.

The owners of the resort, which was renamed Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico after 2008, had already received significant financial assistance from the Puerto Rican government before Trump’s intervention. In 2000 and 2004, Puerto Rico’s Industrial, Tourist, Educational, Medical and Environmental Control Facilities Financing Authority (AFICA) issued the owners of the club a total of $25,497,854 in bonds to help build and launch the resort. In 2009, the Puerto Rican government also invested $50 million in the Hotel Gran Melia, which was part of the resort and provided a crucial stream of customers for the golf club, according to BuzzFeed.

By October 2011, Coco Beach had defaulted on $26 million in bonds and had to seek another round of financing. In 2015, the company filed for bankruptcy under its original name, Coco Beach Golf and Country Club, citing debts of more than $78 million but only $9 million in assets. Bankruptcy court records show that Puerto Rico’s Tourism Development Fund made a claim of $32,606,821, essentially leaving Puerto Rican taxpayers on the hook for the better part of $33 million.

Does all this mean that Trump “bankrupted” the golf course, though? Not exactly.


The evidence shows that Coca Beach had consistently been operating at a loss and accumulating debts in the years before Trump International became involved with its management. And a significant portion of the financial assistance provided by the Puerto Rican government was given in 2000 and 2004, well before the future U.S. president’s company arrived on the scene.

Puerto Rico had already been hard hit by a recession well before the Trump International contracted to assist with the club’s management, and in the two years before Trump International’s intervention (2006-07)

Coco Beach operated at an average annual net loss of $5.3 million, according to BuzzFeed. Moreover, neither Donald Trump nor Trump International held an ownership stake in the property, took part in its development, or was involved with its financing; they only operated and managed the resort. Holding Trump to be solely or primarily responsible for the bankruptcy of a business they didn’t own, that was already heavily in debt, and was losing several million dollars a year before Trump arrived on the scene would be something of an unfair standard.

However, one could argue that Trump International received a good deal of money from the Coco Beach deal yet failed to turn the club around, or even stanch its financial bleeding.
According to the March 2011 bond offering (which was itself required to cover losses on the Puerto Rican government’s 2000 and 2004 bond investments), Trump International had given certain assurances about the future viability of the resort:


The continued operations of the Partnership are dependant [sic] upon the ability of the Club to attract customers and control operating expenses.

Trump International Co. (Club Manager) has developed a plan to achieve and maintain positive operating cash flows sufficient to allow the Partnership to continue as a going concern.
In particular, the Club Manager [Trump International] has developed programs to attract members and use the Club, while containing operating costs.

Whatever that plan was, it did not succeed.

The 2012 financials show that the club’s average annual losses rose to $6.3 million during the period that Trump’s company provided management services to the resort (2008-2012), $1 million more per year than the business had been losing before.

Further, for this lack of success, Trump International garnered a total of $609,607 in management fees between 2008 and 2012. (This figure is likely the source of Lainie Green’s reference to a “$600,000 paycheck” received by Donald Trump.)



Donald Trump did not set Coco Beach Golf and Country Club on course for ruin, but he wasn’t able to save it from that fate. His role in the bankruptcy of the company, which ended up costing Puerto Rican taxpayers $32.6 million, was significant.

That $32.6 million loss constituted 0.03 percent of the territory’s total $123 billion debt, which prompted the Puerto Rican government to file for bankruptcy relief in May 2017.
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Golf re: Trump's Golf Resort in Ireland is FLOODED >Other Courses are Bankrupt>$33 Mil in Debt

Clare County Council in Ireland, Will Rule on 21 Dec 2017 on Doonbeg Anti-Erosion Wall, at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland

Irish Central, 16 Dec 2017.





President Donald J Trump Flickr / Gage Skidmore



Donald Trump's proposal for his Irish wall, which he has been seeking to protect his luxury Doonbeg hotel and golf course from erosion, has won huge local approval as the decision day nears. Clare County Council will rule on 21 December 21.

Erosion on the nearby beach has resulted in extensive flooding of the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland golf course and a sharp drop in revenue. However, conservation groups oppose the wall and says it will be “profoundly detrimental” to the sand dune habitats


In April of this year, 300 people attended a public meeting in Doonbeg Hall, trying to save their jobs in Trumps Resort.
The meeting was attended by leading local politicians from the West Clare area. The gathering was organized by Doughmore Coastal Protection Group.

“It isn’t just a Doonbeg or Doughmore problem. The whole of West Clare needs the business. It’s a tourism area. Protection of the course is extremely necessary, and the positive attitude of the attendance was unbelievable,” committee member Liam Ryan said.

“It’s now time for the planning authority in Clare to make a decision and not to put it off and leave it in somebody else’s hands. We need less negativity and more positivity. Rural Ireland has been forgotten. It’s extremely important that people stand up.


“We’re only 300 miles long and 150 miles wide. If the powers in Ireland can’t make a decision to spread business around and keep our schools, post offices and businesses operating, there is something wrong with the country,” Ryan added.






Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland golf course in County Clare.



Before he became president, Donald Trump discussed his Irish wall as an example of European Union bureaucracy gone wild.

"I own a big property in Ireland, magnificent property called Doonbeg," he said after the discussion turned to the EU’s notorious bureaucracy.


"What happened is I went for an approval to do this massive, beautiful expansion – that was when I was a developer, now I couldn't care less about it … but I learned a lot because … they were using environmental tricks to stop a project from being built.
I found it to be a very unpleasant experience.

"To get the approvals from the EU would have taken years.
"I don't think that's good for a country like Ireland.

“So you know what I did? I said forget it, I'm not gonna build it."


His comments delighted campaigners in Clare who have attempted to thwart Trump’s attempts to develop the picturesque resort.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Save Doughmore – Doonbeg beach, they said,

“Seemingly Mr. Trump was upset when we stopped his first plans for a giant wall on our Irish beach. Let's make sure we upset him a bit more and stop his latest plan. Objections to be made to Clare County Council before 3 February.”


In December Trump withdrew the application to build a wall spanning more than two miles to protect the property from coastal erosion, a second application for a smaller wall was submitted soon after.
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Movies re: TRUMP Promotes His Scottish Golf Course >His Golf Resorts are BROKE

Why Has Trump Applied For New Planning Permission in a Scottish Town? > When His Other Golf Courses are Bankrupt > $33 Mil in Debt

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Golf Trump Installs $50,000 Golf Simulator in The White House

Trump Installs $50,000 Golf Simulator in The White House - BBC News

The golf-loving US president has installed a simulator in his private quarters at the White House.


BBC News, 24 Feb 2019


So how does the technology work - and do the public care about how Trump spends his time and money?



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Update re: TRUMP Promotes His Scottish Golf Course >His Golf Resorts are BROKE

Trump Boasts About His Controversial Scottish Golf Course, Even Though it Loses $1 million a Year and Many Locals Despise It

The Guardian UK / Business Insider, 3 MAR 2019.





PA via Getty Images

  • Donald Trump on Saturday posted glowing praise for the Trump International Golf Links, Scotland.
  • The golf course routinely posts losses in excess of $1 million per year, a review of accounts by Business Insider found.
  • The course has enraged many locals, who have waged long-standing battles with Trump and his staff.
  • Large promises made by Trump that the course would turbocharge the local economy also remain unfulfilled....


Trump boasted on Saturday about his golf course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which he characterised as "perhaps the greatest" on earth, and an asset to US diplomacy.

However, his praise glossed over the controversial history of the Trump International Golf Links, Scotland.

The course has aroused pitched opposition from locals for years, and consistently posts annual financial losses in excess of $1 million.

The President's Saturday tweet said: "Very proud of perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world. Also, furthers U.K. relationship!"

The tweet quoted a post from The Trump Organization, which in turn quoted Dr Martin Hawtree, who said "The landscape framework of @TrumpScotland comes close to an ideal. There is nothing missing & there are no weak holes."

Hawtree is a golf course architect whom Trump hired to design the Aberdeenshire course, and in the quotation he is effectively praising his own work.

Regardless of the quality of the golf course, it does not make any money.


A review by Business Insider of the accounts for Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited, which runs the course, found loses of between $1 million and $2.4 million for every year since it opened in 2012.

Here are The Results:

2017: $1,393,572 loss (£1,054,935)
2016: $1,545,934 loss (£1,170,273)
2015: $1,077,255 loss (£815,483)
2014: $1,050,260 loss (£795,048)
2013: $2,407,629 loss (£1,822,577)
2012: $2,311,283 loss (£1,749,643)



The course has also aroused significant local opposition.


The Milne family, who live on a pocket of land inside the course which they refuse to sell, have spent years battling Trump, whose staff have threatened them with legal action.




Nearby, Michael Forbes, a farmer who rejected offers from Trump to sell his land, painted the words "NO GOLF COURSE" in large letters on a shed in a show of defiance.


In 2016, The New York Times reported that Trump staff had built a fence along the border between their properties then sent them a bill, an apparent echo of Trump's strategy for a border wall with Mexico.

Milne threw the bill in the trash, and often flies a Mexican flag from his home in solidarity.


An extensive BBC report details Trump's struggles with Aberdeenshire locals and the authorities in Scotland, including the country's natural heritage organisation, which says the course development wrecked a rare and pristine sand dune habitat.

It adds that some business leaders in the local area have praised Trump's investments, but concludes that his promises of a tide of investment cash and thousands of jobs to the area are "far from fulfilled."


MORE;...

Ethics Watchdogs Decry Tweet Boosting Trump International

Trump is a National Security Risk

A tweet in which Donald Trump extolled the virtues of his golf course near Aberdeen was “shameless, corrupt and repugnant”, a leading US ethics expert said.

The president sent the tweet in the early hours of Saturday.

He later went on to deliver a rambling, controversial and sometimes obscene speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, near Washington.

“Very proud of perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world,” Trump wrote, embedding a Trump Organization tweet in praise of Trump International Scotland, the Aberdeenshire course he opened in 2012. “Also, furthers UK relationship!”


In response Walter Shaub, a former head of the independent US Office of Government Ethics, wrote:

“This is Trump’s most explicit commingling of personal interests and public office to date. This is the tone from the top that leads his appointees to violate ethics rules. This is shameless, corrupt and repugnant presidential profiteering. This is an invitation to graft.”

Shaub, who was appointed to the ethics role under Barack Obama before resigning under Trump, is a regular and fierce critic of the president.


Trump nominally handed control of his business to his sons when he entered the White House. Nonetheless, he has been widely accused of violating the clauses of the US constitution designed to stop presidents profiting from the office.


On Saturday, the watchdog Citizens for Ethics, which Shaub advises and which is suing Trump over such issues, tweeted:

“There it is. The president is using an official statement as an ad for his business and making sure everyone knows he ties his business to US relationships with foreign countries.”


Trump owns two courses in Scotland, the other being Turnberry in Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014 and at which he played during a visit to Britain last summer that prompted widespread protests, not least across Scotland.

The investments have been expensive and controversial.

Recently, a proposal to build 550 luxury villas at the Aberdeenshire course was delayed, having been the subject of a record number of complaints.


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Donald Trump Interview in 2011 on His Scottish Golf Course


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Golf TRUMP is Commander in Cheat at GOLF

Trump is ‘World’s Worst Cheat at Golf'

Fellow players have accused president of cheating, And Enlists Caddy To Help Bend Rules, says former Sports Illustrated columnist in book to be published Tuesday

The Guardian UK, 1 APR 2019.


Donald Trump played golf on Saturday and Sunday at his course in Jupiter, Florida. According to custom, once off the fairways the president tweeted angrily on political subjects.

But by Sunday afternoon he had not yet targeted a story in the US press that might have been expected to attract his ire: a report in the New York Post that said fellow players called him “the world’s worst cheat at golf”.


The Post report was taken from a book that will be published on Tuesday.

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is by Rick Reilly, an award-winning former Sports Illustrated columnist who has played with Trump himself.


Quote:

@SethAbramson


Made up his handicap, which is lower than Jack Nicklaus'.

Takes mulligans without asking—doesn't count them.

Has caddy pretend to find his balls when lost.

Secretly throws opponents' balls off green.

Has caddy relocate his balls to fairway.

Drives golf cart on green.

Shows poor postgame sportsmanship.

Puts fake monuments/quotes at his courses.

Cheats as you watch.

Lies about course rankings.

Don't worry—while he'd cheat at GOLF, he'd never cheat at ELECTIONS, though they're FAR MORE IMPORTANT to him.




LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — President Donald Trump's favorite golf course has a memorial to a particularly vicious Civil War battle, one so deadly that a plaque marking the site of the conflict on the banks of the Potomac tells how the water turned so red it became a "River of Blood."


The plaque includes, of course, a quote from Donald Trump: "It is my great honor to have preserved this section of the Potomac River!"


One historical flaw about that battle: It never really happened.The plaque, the battle, the casualties, the River of Blood: All fake.


The "River of Blood" memorial at Trump's golf course on Lowes Island in Loudoun County, just a few miles from the White House and a favorite location of the 45th president, first came to light during the early stages of Trump's campaign in 2015.



Trump has been accused of cheating before, notably by Suzann Pettersen, a multiple winner on the LPGA tour. In January 2018, she told a Norwegian newspaper the president “cheats like hell”. But the Post said Reilly had spoken to a host of famous names.

The PGA Tour pro Brad Faxon described some dubious drops.

The actor Samuel L Jackson was quoted as saying he “clearly saw [Trump] hook a ball into a lake at Trump National” in Bedminster, New Jersey, “and his caddy told him he found it!”

The boxer Oscar de la Hoya and musician Alice Cooper were also cited as celebrity witnesses to presidential fairway chicanery.


Trump’s alleged lack of clubhouse etiquette and previously reported penchant for driving golf carts on greens were also mentioned. But perhaps the most startling story concerned a round with the sportscaster Mike Tirico before Trump was elected.

Tirico, the Post wrote, “hit the shot of his life, a 230-yard 3-wood towards an elevated green he couldn’t see. But he knew it was close. When he got to the putting green, however, Tirico’s ball was nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was 50ft left of the hole in a bunker. It made no sense – until Trump’s caddy caught up with him after the round.

Tirico was quoted as saying: “Trump’s caddy came up to me and said, ‘You know that shot you hit on the par 5? It was about 10ft from the hole. Trump threw it in the bunker. I watched him do it.’”


Before entering the White House, Trump was a vociferous critic of Barack Obama for the time he spent on the course. On the campaign trail, Trump famously said he would work so hard as president he would not have time to play. Inevitably, he has managed to find the time, regardless of complaints about the cost to the American taxpayer.


Equally inevitably, his passion for the game has leached into his own political life.

Trump has played with world leaders, political allies and golfing greats. Pool reporters attending the president regularly ask who he is playing with. Often, they are not told.

Trump’s many courses are part of a property empire from which critics say he is not sufficiently removed. Earlier this month, for example, ethics experts said a tweet in praise of a course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was “an invitation to graft”.

In July 2018, Trump combined an official visit to the UK with teeing off at another Scottish course, Turnberry. He attracted high-profile protests.

In May 2017, as the Russia investigation heated up, an author claimed Trump’s son Eric had told him the family courses attracted “all the funding we need out of Russia”.

Two years later, in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller finding no evidence of collusion between Trump and Moscow, that story might not embarrass the president. A legally dubious attempt to slash the tax bill on a New York course, however, first reported by the Guardian, was recently cited in Congress during damaging testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

In being accused of cheating, Trump is in good company. Bill Clinton was famed for taking “mulligans”, re-goes at shots he didn’t like. All the same, the new book will surely sting the notoriously thin-skinned president.

The Post rehashed famous stories about Trump’s infamously cavalier relationship with the truth. For instance, at Trump Washington in Sterling, Virginia, a fairway plaque commemorates a civil war battle that never happened.

But the report also went right to the heart of the president’s game: his official handicap, an impressive 2.8 which is listed on the Golf Handicap and Information Network website.

The Post reported that Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 majors and generally considered the greatest golfer of all time, is listed on the same site as having a handicap of 3.4.

In Reilly’s words: “If Trump is a 2.8, Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter.”



Trump’s golf trips have also become quite costly, with a recent analysis from the Government Accountability Office report finding that each golfing trip for Donald Trump costs taxpayers about $3 million.
That puts the total bill to taxpayers for Trump’s golf trip at over $100 million.



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Samuel L. Jackson: Donald Trump Cheats at Golf




National Club Golfer > It's Official – Trump is a Golf Cheat


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Update re: Tourist Dies at TRUMP's Irish Golf Club >His Golf Resorts are Broke

Commander in Cheat Donald Trump's 18 Golf Tournament Wins Examined & REFUTED > Lies 16, Incompletes 2, Confirms 0.

In an extract from his book on Donald Trump and golf, Rick Reilly explains why the president’s game can tell us more about him than a roomful of psychologists

The Guardian UK, 4 APR 2019.



Donald’s Trump’s boasts about winning 18 club championships is a lie that’s so over-the-top Crazytown it loses all credibility among golfers the second it’s out of his mouth.


To double check, I called the only guy who could come close: George “Buddy” Marucci, of Philadelphia. Like Trump, Marucci belongs to more clubs than you can fit in your bag. Like Trump, he’s in the right age bracket, at six years younger than Trump.

Like Trump, he’s got all the money he needs to play as many club championships as he can fly to.


Unlike Trump, he’s as fine a golfing businessman as you can find. Marucci took 19-year-old Tiger Woods – 24 years his junior – to the last hole of the 1995 US Amateur before finally losing.

So, Buddy Marucci, do YOU have 18 club championships?


“Ha!” he laughed. “No way. I have a few, but nowhere near that many. It’s hard to win a club championship. I might have eight. Tops.”


This is a guy who’s been breaking par for the past 45 years. He belongs to nearly every creamy course in the world – Winged Foot, Seminole, Pine Valley, Cypress Point. If it’s on a top 10 in the world list, Marucci probably has a locker there.


When Trump told Gary Player he’d won 18 championships, Player scoffed.
“I told him that if anyone beats him, he kicks them out. So, he had to win.”


Was Trump’s name on the wall of any clubs he didn’t own? Nope.

Was it on the walls at Trump Washington in Virginia, a course that was already up and running when he bought it? Nope.

Or Trump Jupiter, which was a Ritz Carlton course when he bought it? Nope.

Was it on the wall at any of his own courses he’d opened? Oh, yes.


Trump International in West Palm Beach, Florida, has a plaque on the wall that lists all the men who’ve won the men’s club championship.

Trump appears three times: 1999, 2001, and 2009. But hold on.

The course wasn’t even open in 1999.


Turns out, then White House spokesperson Hope Hicks admitted to the Washington Post, Trump played in a “soft opening” round on 1 November of that year with “a group of the early members,” and declared it the club championship.

Congratulations ?


On 17 March 17 2013, Trump tweeted he’d won the club championship again at Trump International. But the plaque for that year lists the winner as “Tom Roush.”

The catch? It wasn’t really the club championship at all. Trump won the “Super Seniors Club Championship,” which at most clubs is reserved for players 60 and older.


Something to be proud of, sure, but not within a Super Walmart of beating the best young players in the club. The difference between “Club Champion” and “Super Senior Club Champion” is the difference between Vanna White and Betty White.


“I remember Melania used to ask us ‘What is this ‘Super Seniors’?’” recalls former Trump Westchester exec Ian Gillule.

“And Mr Trump would say, ‘Oh, Super Seniors is better than just a regular club championship, honey.’

He was saying it tongue in cheek but
Melania didn’t know the difference.”


At Trump Bedminster in New Jersey, Trump once won a senior club championship from 87 miles away.

He’d declared that the club should start having senior club championships for those 50 and up, but he forgot that one of the best players at the club had just turned 50.

Having zero chance at beating the guy, he went up to his Trump Philadelphia course on the day of the tournament and played with a friend there.

Afterward, according to a source inside the Bedminster club, he called the Bedminster pro shop and announced he’d shot 73 and should be declared the winner.

The pro, wanting to stay employed, agreed. His name went up on the plaque.


“But then,” says the source, “somebody talked to the caddy up in Philly and asked him what Trump shot that day. The caddy goes, ‘Maybe 82. And that might be generous.’

He pulls that kind of **** all the time around here.”


More than one source described another time when Trump happened to walk into the Bedminster clubhouse just as a worker was putting up the name of the newly crowned senior club championship winner on a wooden plaque.

Trump had been out of town and hadn’t played in the tournament, but when he saw the player’s name, he stopped the employee.
“Hey, I beat that guy all the time. Put my name up there instead.”


Of the 18 club championship “wins” that Trump listed for Golf Digest, 12 are actually senior or super senior club championships. So that leaves six real club championships.

One of the six he lists was Trump Westchester 2001, when the club wasn’t officially open yet.

That leaves five. The next was Westchester 2002, when the club was only nine holes.

If it really happened, you can’t count that. That leaves four, one of them being Westchester in 2004.

Could he have actually won that?

“Well, no, I know for a fact that’s not true,” Gillule says. “He never won any in the eight years I worked there. I mean, I loved working for Mr Trump, but you know, some people take a certain license with the truth.”


We do know that Trump played in the 2007 Westchester Men’s Club Championship and was knocked out in the first round by a 15-year-old named Adam Levin.

Trump was four-up with five holes to play, helped greatly by the 60-year-old calling two ticky-tack rule violations on the kid, one for accidentally touching the grass inside a hazard and one for fixing a small ball mark off the green, both loss-of-hole penalties.

That’s when, according to Levin, Trump said to the small gallery,
“The kid put up a good fight, didn’t he?”


A small bonfire lit under Levin, who wound up winning hole after hole, tying Trump up through 18 and then winning on the second playoff hole.


“He didn’t even say ‘Congratulations’ or ‘Good match,’” remembers Levin, now a data analyst. “He didn’t look me in the eye. He just shook my hand and walked off. He’d kind of been a dick the whole day. We were together for five or six hours, so there was plenty of time for conversation with me or my parents, but all he ever said was, ‘Isn’t this course fantastic?’ and ‘Aren’t these facilities the best?’ He’s a total asshole with no character.”


That leaves three possible club championship wins, all at one course –

Trump International in West Palm Beach.

But we already know the 1999 win there is a lie, since the course wasn’t open.

That leaves two. Of those two – 2001 and 2009 – I have never seen a signed scorecard or spoken to any objective person who remembers him winning or not winning.


The whole thing bugged me so much I started to itch. I wasn’t offended as a voter.
I was offended as a golfer.

For golfers, the stain of cheating is so much graver than winning or losing that we live in mortal fear of being called a cheater.


Tom Watson accused Gary Player of illegally moving a leaf away from his ball at the Skins Game in 1983 and they’ve hardly spoken since. One leaf.


So here was Trump caterwauling about 18 golf championships that were faker than Cheez Whiz, and it started to make me think.


How much of what Trump says about his golf brilliance does the country believe?

During the campaign, when Trump stood up in front of 30,000 red hats and bloviated,

“When it comes to golf, very few people can beat me,” did people buy that?

Because 50 guys at every course in America can beat him.


When Trump held endless 18-hole meetings at his Florida courses with this prime minister and that emperor, were those leaders returning home to laugh at OUR president the way they laughed at him at the United Nations?

Would they think all Americans cheat at golf?

It got me thinking ...

Somebody should point out that the way Trump does golf is sort of the way he does a presidency, which is to operate as though the rules are for other people.


Somebody should explain that facts and truth are to Trump what golf scores and crowd sizes are—“feelings”—malleable and negotiable, flitting this way and that like a car-lot balloon man.


Somebody should write that the way Trump cheats at golf, lies about his courses, and stiffs his golf contractors isn’t that far from how he cheats on his wives, lies about his misdeeds, and stiffs the world on agreements America has already made on everything from Iran to climate change.


“Golf is like bicycle shorts,” I once wrote. “It reveals a lot about a man.”

Extract from Rick Reilly book on Donald Trump and golf


Final score on the “18 club championships”: Lies 16, Incompletes 2, Confirms 0.

By this time, Trump’s nose has grown so long he could putt with it.

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Update TRUMP Investigated re Military Trips to Scottish Golf Resort /Resorts are Broke

Congress Investigating TRUMP over US Military Trips to Scottish Golf Resort

Conflict of interest concerns over military spending at Prestwick airport and discount offers at president’s resort
US military spending at Prestwick, the closest airport to
his Trump Turnberry resort, appeared to have increased substantially since the election

The Guardian UK, 7 Sep 2019.





Congress Probing US Military Stopovers at Trump's Scotland Golf Resort


Congressional investigators fear American military forces are charging ahead to save President Trump's troubled Scotland golf resort.


When a C-17 supply plane heading back to the U.S. from Kuwait last spring stopped for fuel near Glasgow, Scotland, its five-person crew stayed at the Trump Turnberry resort 20 miles from the airport, said a report Friday night in Politico.





A Congress committee letter said US military spending at Prestwick airport had risen substantially since Trump was elected. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo


The Alaska-based crew was surprised at the posh seaside digs. One crew member texted "someone close to him" a picture of the pricey resort and noted that the crew's per diem allowance wasn't enough to cover the food and drink tab.

Usually C-17 crews refuel at U.S. bases like Ramstein Air Base in Germany, or the U.S. Naval Air Station in Rota, Spain. Fuel is cheaper at the bases than at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, where the Alaskan crew stopped, Politico noted.

If they need to stay off-base, the Pentagon puts up crews at inexpensive hotels picked by midlevel officers -- none as ritzy as Trump's resort. "Master sergeants are cheap," an Air Force official told Politico.

Congressional investigators are looking into the C-17 stopover and other Defense Department expenses that might be helping Trump's Scotland resort.

The expenditures might violate a clause in the Constitution barring Trump from receiving "any other Emolument from the United States [government]" other than his salary.

House Oversight Committee leaders in June asked the Pentagon for records of its spending at Trump's Turnberry resort and at the financially troubled Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which the committee noted "has been viewed as integral to the golf course's financial success."

The airport may be another front in the military's push to help its commander-in-chief's business interest.

Since October 2017, the Defense Department "has entered into 629 separate purchase orders for fuel totaling $11 million," the House Oversight Committee says.

The investigators' interest was piqued by a February report in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper that said airport executives were making business deals aimed at stemming Turnberry's losses.


The year Trump took office, the Turnberry resort lost money. But last year, revenue was up $3 million -- apparently helped by a boost in military business, Politico said.


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Update Re: Tourist Dies at TRUMP's Irish Golf Club >His Golf Resorts are Broke

Death at Doonbeg: Tourist on Long Dreamed Trip Choked at Trump's Irish Golf Resort

Irish Central, 6 OCT 2019.





Janet Buchebner, 82, choked to death during a meal at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare


American tourist Janet Buchebner choked to death during a meal with her daughter at Trump’s Doonbeg Resort in Co Clare on May 25, an inquest heard this week.

An inquest heard that Buchenber, 82, died as a result of a blocked larynx and esophagus, according to her post-mortem.

The Irish Times reports that Tony Pender, a local man, had been talking to Buchebner and her daughter when he said: “Call an ambulance - that woman is not well.”

“I noticed Janet was having difficulties. I knew by her face that she was in distress. She wasn’t coughing - she just leaned over,” Pender said during the inquest.

Jeannie McGee, Buchebner’s daughter, said during the inquest that her mother had a history of heart problems, and had been prescribed antibiotics 10 days earlier in their trip while in Co Cork. McGee said her mother had not been feeling well the day of the incident.

Dr. Peter Flynn, a general practitioner who was present in a nearby lounge at the time of the incident, was notified that a guest had collapsed in the dining room. Dr. Flynn said: “When I went to see her, the woman was unresponsive and had no pulse.”

“One member of staff was doing CPR and another member of staff had a defibrillator,” he added.

During the inquest, Co Clare Coroner Isobel O’Dea said: “Everything that could have been done was done.”

“We were fortunate that there were three medics on hand and every possible assistance was given to Ms. Buchebner and by staff as well.”

An obituary for Buchebner said the 82-year-old was a native of Brooklyn, New York but had been living in Florida at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, their four children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Her obituary said she was in Ireland as part of a “long dreamed trip to see her family’s heritage.”

More:

Read More: Donald Trump denies any knowledge of Pence’s stay in his Irish resort

Read More: Donald Trump Ireland visit confirmed, while Varadkar Doonbeg meeting nixed

Read More: President Trump promotes his Irish golf course on Twitter, again



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