Recently, I had the opportunity to play Trump National in Bedminster NJ. The site has 2 courses and we were able to play the old course. The grounds and clubhouse are absolutely incredible as expected. We had time to hit some balls on the practice facility and short game area. Both areas allowed to practice all different kinds of shots. The range had many greens you could hit to. The short game area had different lengths of grass, different lies you could practice (downhill, side hill,uphill), and 2 bunkers.
We then proceeded to the first tee where we were given a fore caddie. The fore caddie we were given is one of Donald Trumps favorites. He indicated he caddies in NJ in the warm months and heads to Florida in the winter to caddy. He shared some stories and was extremely knowledgable about the game and obviously the course
The course lived up to my expectations. It had everything you could want.
The course is going to host the 2017 US Women’s Open and the 2022 Pga Championship. The course should set perfectly for exciting finishes with the final 4 holes being fantastic.
15 is a long par 5 in which depending on tees only some of the field will be able to get home in 2
16 is a par 3 over water with a tricky green surrounded by bunkers everywhere. Not many places to miss
17 is a par 4 that could be set up as drivable with water front right of the green
18 is a par 5 in which water is on the right of the green and comes out into the fairway. It sets up as a risk reward second shot with a large green.
The experience was spectacular and a course worth playing for anyone who gets the opportunity. It was a course that playing a second time would most likely improve your score by knowing where you can miss. Also some of the greens are elevated from the fairways so the first time playing it’s not apparent how much room there is beyond the pin or what the trouble may be. This would certainly rank in my top courses I have played. Not to mention any time playing with my dad makes it that more special