Donald Trump says Hurricane Sandy spared Ferry Point course
Hurricane Sandy's destructive tentacles touched dozens of golf courses in the New York area, but the Ferry Point course, currently under construction in the Bronx, wasn't one of them.
Donald Trump, who has a 20-year lease to operate Ferry Point, told Golf.com, "It suffered virtually no damage. All of the courses I develop or run have superior drainage, and after $100 million [that has already been spent here], it should be."
Trump pointed out that his Trump International Golf Links-Scotland course and his recently acquired Trump Philadelphia course (formerly Pine Hill) were both built on pure sand.
"Twenty hurricanes could go through those courses, and they'd be ready to play 15 minutes later," he said.
Ferry Point, a Jack Nicklaus collaboration with architect John Sanford, is a long-anticipated, controversial creation that is spectacularly situated at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge, practically in the heart of the city. Trump didn't develop the course, but he won the management contract after years of delays and cost overruns. The finish line is in sight, however.
"Nine holes are completed," said Trump. "They're fully grassed and are growing out. We'll grow in the other nine next year. The course should open in 2014."
Trump says designer Jack Nicklaus is "very proud of this course. It's a big course -- 320 acres -- and is surrounded by the Whitestone Bridge and 1,000 acres of parkland. There has never been a location like this."
When it comes to bluster, Trump can blow like a category 5. His golf projects, however, seem to weather every storm.