“The state's spending $400 million on a highway (Widening and improving interstate 95), but didn't build me an exit, and I put up quite a fuss about that. They ended up building a $30 million exit (Florida Department of Transportation says the exit cost even more, $40 million) that goes to my $45 million course.”
Q: You love water features. The signature hole at your Westchester course is a par 3 with a 100-foot waterfall. What do you say to people who call it a big gimmick?
A: I say they're people who can't afford to build a $7 million waterfall.
Q: How's your relationship with Tom Fazio, who built your course in Bedminster?
He had already designed a wonderful course there before I bought it. My
organization made it bigger, better, more beautiful. There's a new lake
on the fourth hole and another one on the 11th--I wanted those there.
They had 1,200 sprinklers before. Now we have more than 2,000. Tom
Fazio is a great architect, and I'm a pretty good golfer who
understands the game. We have a great relationship. He tells me, "You
know, Donald, I have owners who'll send their G5 to pick me up and fly
me to Texas or California to plant a small tree. But Donald, you don't
call me--I just get here and there's more lakes than we planned on!