With the Tour stopping at his Doral, The Donald dishes on advice from his father, which building is his most prized and the one course he’d tee it up at for the rest of his life.
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
My father, Fred, gave me the best advice, and that was to love what you do and to never quit. Because if you love what you do, you won’t quit.
What is the worst physical pain you’ve ever felt?
I was playing football in high school, and I got absolutely whacked. I was a tight end and was thrown a pass. I was very proud because I held onto the ball.
What is your most prized possession?
It would be one of the buildings I own in Manhattan. The great 40 Wall Street building downtown. I own the Bank of America building in San Francisco with a group. I always liked Trump Tower on 57th and Fifth, right next to Tiffany’s.
Is there a historical figure you relate to?
I’ve always liked and respected Ronald Reagan. I knew him. He was quite a bit older, but I had a good relationship with him. He did great things for the country.
If you have to change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to get more sleep. Also maybe to take vacations on a more regular basis.
How many hours do you usually bank a night?
About four. That gives me plenty of time to work.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
I go to the office early and leave late, and I really enjoy that. Sometimes they are good days, and sometimes they are bad days, but the overall is really good. I’ve always enjoyed playing golf, and there’s nothing better in sports than a great golf match.
It’s your last meal on earth, what are you eating?
I would pick steak. Always.
What is your biggest regret?
You have to learn from your regrets. I would always say that I could have done certain things in business, certain deals that I didn’t make that I could have made, certain things that I sold for phenomenal prices that turned out if I held them they would have been even better. Overall, I’ve had an amazing career, but you always have a regret when you sell something, and had you held it, it would have even been better.
If you could play one golf course for the rest of your life, what is it?
Turnberry in Scotland.
After your renovations on it?
Well, it will be even better then. Maybe Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen or Turnberry, especially after I do the changes along with the R&A.
If you could come back as anyone in a next life, who would it be?
I’d like to come back as myself. I’m very happy with everything.
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