Whether we like it or not, golf in America isn’t just mixed with politics, golf is politics. The game would be inaccessible to many Americans if not for subsidized local municipal courses. Almost every US president has played golf since the game first arrived here.
Donald Trump is many things, and some might say that above all else, he is a golfer. He’s been more dedicated to the sport than nearly anything else in his life. He owns 17 courses: 12 in the US, 2 in Scotland, 2 in Dubai and 1 in Ireland (where the NLU boys just finished up).
Much like his presidency, his courses are not without controversy. It’s been alleged that Trump Turnberry was paid for with Russian money, a seawall was built around Trump Ireland to prevent ill-effects of global warming (something Trump himself has denied the existence of) and there are numerous reports of corporate executives and lobbyists purchasing costly memberships at Trump courses, of which he has not divested from.
The myriad issues that arose during the development of Trump-Scotland were mentioned in season 2 of Tourist Sauce as main talking points for locals fighting against the development of Coul. It’s also been alleged that he is a chronic cheater and liar on the course.
This all surrounds the most visible and polarizing man in the world, coming at a time where the future of the sport is most uncertain. Is he a pox on our game, an elite purveyor of luxury courses and amenities who will #growthegame or something else entirely?