Just in time for Christmas, Donald Trump bought himself one of his favorite presents: golf clubs. But if you’re thinking drivers and putters, think bigger.
The Trump Organization said Thursday that Trump has purchased the 360-acre Pine Hill Golf Club in Camden County, along with the 400-acre Branton Woods Golf Club in New York’s Hudson Valley. No purchase price was disclosed.
Pine Hill, an 18-hole semiprivate course that sits on southern New Jersey’s highest point, was immediately renamed Trump National Golf Club-Philadelphia. It cost about $45 million to build in 2000 and includes a 43,000-square-foot clubhouse.
The Tom Fazio-designed par 70 course plays at 6,969 yards from the championship tees and has five sets of tee boxes.
Building a similar course today “would be virtually impossible to replicate from the standpoint of receiving governmental and environmental approval or from the standpoint of cost,” Donald Trump said in a statement. He now owns 11 golf properties worldwide.
Trump bought Pine Hill from Empire Golf Management, which owns the Twisted Dune Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township. The company could not be reached for comment Thursday.
The ultra-exclusive Pine Valley Golf Club is located near Pine Hill, but is not affiliated, a manager said.
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