Two more courses bought by Trump

By AML

Donald Trump has added two more US courses to his growing portfolio of golf interests.

Trump has bought the Branton Woods course in New York state and Pine Hill, located in New Jersey, from Empire Golf Management, the firm founded by golf architect and developer Eric Bergstol.

Branton Woods, which has been renamed Trump National Hudson Valley, was designed by Bergstol himself, and opened in 2002. Pine Hill, or Trump National Philadelphia as it is to be known, is a Tom Fazio design.

Branton Woods and Pine Hill cost approximately US$45 million each to build with the approval process taking many years. “These two courses are each considered among the finest in the country and I am proud to add them to my growing list of clubs. Today, they would be virtually impossible to replicate from the standpoint of receiving governmental and environmental approval or from the standpoint of cost,” said Trump.

Both courses will be operated as high-end private clubs. Trump also recently purchased the 850 acre Lowes Island course, a private club with three miles of frontage on the Potomac River near Washington DC.

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