That time Trump claimed his course was better than Pebble

February 6, 2017

What’s the hottest Donald Trump take of all time? Here’s one to consider from several years ago.

Back in 2008, we sat down with Donald Trump for a GOLF Magazine interview. Fast forward to the present, and it’s one heck of a read. Trump touches on a number of topics including playing golf with Bill Clinton, his “good friend” Phil Mickelson, celebrity feuds and his L.A. golf course being better than Pebble Beach and Oregon’s Bandon Dunes.

Here’s the excerpt from the interview.

Q. Where do you think your courses should rank on a list of the Top Courses in the U.S.?

A. I have the best locations. Bedminster should be in the top 10. My Florida course is the best in Florida and Trump National L.A. is better than Pebble Beach.

Q. Trump L.A. is better than Pebble Beach! Are you crazy?

A. That’s what people say until they play my course. I have 3,000 acres and 2.5 miles on the ocean. That’s the ocean, not the bay. Every single hole fronts the ocean. I love Pebble too, but even people who love Pebble say Trump L.A. is superior to Pebble. What Pebble Beach has is history and some day Trump L.A. will have history, though I might not be around to see it. Trump L.A. is also far better than Bandon Dunes [in Oregon]. It’s unfair to compare a course in Los Angeles, a great metropolitan area, to one in a wasteland far away from civilization.

In GOLF’s most recent ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S., Pebble Beach was fifth and all four of Bandon Dunes’ courses were in the top 50. Trump L.A. was not in the top 100.

You can read the entire interview here.