With a year to go before its fall 2014 opening, the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, with views of the White Stone Bridge, is slowly taking a shape. Donald Trump and his team won a 20 year lease on the property in 2011. Here’s some highlights from recent coverage.
First some coverage from the BX Times…
The long-awaited golf course at Ferry Point Park is taking shape, with more than two-thirds of the 18-holes growing grass in preparation for the fall 2014 opening.
Representatives from Community Board 10 recently toured the facility, and came away with glowing reports.
The City is constructing the course, which will be operated by concessionaire Donald Trump’s Trump Organization.
The course is hopefully going to be the scene of major golf tournaments which could easily be glammed up for television cameras with scenic views of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge and Manhattan skyline visible in the distance, according to a report published in the New York Post.
The parkland was a city landfill until the early 1960s.
“Approximately $100 million is being spent by the City to construct the course,” said Parks Department spokesman Zachary Feder. “This number includes the removal of municipal solid waste done as part of the construction.”
As the concessionaire, Feder said, “Trump is responsible for all course maintenance and grow-in expenses.”
Over the next 10 years, Trump is projected to invest $25 million for maintenance and general improvements, Feder said. Trump must also invest no less then $10 million in constructing a City-owned clubhouse that will include its own dining facilities.
Next here’s what the NYPost has to say…
Bounded by the Whitestone Bridge, the Long Island Sound, St. Raymond’s Cemetery and public parks, the former landfill on 200 acres at the southern tip of the Bronx is turning into what will become a stunning world-class golfing destination.
“It will be a great compliment to New York,” said Donald J. Trump, who was awarded a 20-year lease for the site at the end of 2011 by the Bloomberg administration.
Trump won the RFP process after a developer selected 16 years ago by the Giuliani administration gave up in the face of rising costs.
By the time it opens, the city will have spent nearly $100 million to prepare the holes for the turnover to Trump, who has spent millions more on the grounds.
At Ferry Point, Trump will lay out $10 million to build a clubhouse with dining facilities, which is still undergoing design tweaks. He has visions of major events bringing in millions of dollars in fees, filling hotel rooms and packing restaurants under a split-revenue deal with the city.
According to the city, Ferry Point will bring in more than $20 million in gross revenue over the next 20 years, at least $10 million dollars in capital investment and $25 million in maintenance and improvements.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus as a Scottish-style “links” course because of its windy location and water views, there are literally no trees, said Ronald Lieberman,Trump’s vice president who is managing its development.
Instead, the topography is being created with gentle rolling meadows and dunes, whose hardy grasses and plantings are being installed and overseen by Gregory Eisner, the course superintendent brought over from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
Three tees are constructed at each hole, providing play for everyone from pros — who will have a challenging 7,350-yard course — to newcomers, who will hit across 5,202 yards, both at par 72.
“Jack [Nicklaus] is a great architect,” said Trump. “He had an amazing vision for this property — it’s right on the water. There’s nothing like it probably in the world.”
“They love the urban backdrop,” added Lieberman, referring to televised golf events that will include the Whitestone and Throggs Neck bridges along with Manhattan’s skyscrapers and a steady stream of planes.
There is no membership fee; public day rates have not been set but will be “reasonable,” Lieberman said.
Golf programs for city youths are also being planned through the city Park’s Foundation and The First Tee, a nationwide group that encourages young people to play golf. The 2014 opening will allow time for both the completion of the clubhouse and, literally, for the grass to root and grow.