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Thursday
Mar292007

The Donald: "Golf Digest is a disgrace to their profession."

trump1.jpgTrump in today's New York Post, talking about Trump International's not-so-stunning departure from the Top 100:

"Golf Digest is a disgrace to their profession. They should be ashamed of themselves," Trump told Page Six. On its last list, Golf Digest, published by Conde Nast, placed the 27-hole West Palm Beach course on 200-plus acres at No. 84. This year it was banished, he said, as a result of a tense Nov. 28 meeting he had at Trump Tower with the magazine's publisher, Thomas Bair.

"Bair came to my office and told me the only way I'll get the ratings I deserve was if I advertised. I said, 'No thanks' and sent him on his way," Trump recalled. "Can you believe it? The magazine had already told me that I have built the best new courses in this country in years - but then they say I have to advertise to make it in? It's unbelievable." Trump said Golf Digest honchos have also been down on him because he featured the editors of rival Golf Magazine in episodes of "The Apprentice."
Yes, that's something to envy.
Bair refused to comment, but Golf Digest editor Jerry Tarde said of Trump, "I think he's kidding. He knows it never happened. Nobody can buy their way on the list."
Shoot, no one understands the list either! Nice Post typo here:
Gold Digest flack Andrew Katcher said the ratings were tabulated from the opinions of 800 players, and insisted, "It just came down to the numbers and nothing that Trump International did wrong. In fact, Trump International missed by just a few hundredths of a point."

And this is interesting:

Trump was further infuriated when he learned that Golf Digest had gloated about his course's demise in a story pitch it made to Page Six. In that e-mail, Katcher crowed: "I suspect Mr. Trump will be extremely displeased when he learns of this . . . Depending on what he says, we thought this could be a fun - and potentially biting - piece."

Trump responded to that: "They are using my name to try to get publicity for themselves. It's despicable they send out a release to announce Trump is not on their list. For shame!" The club, where memberships go for $350,000 and up, was rated by Florida Golf Magazine as "the best course in Florida."

Oops. Almost makes you feel sorry for The Donald that they're sending out releases to Page Six. Almost. 

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Reader Comments (8)

Florida Golf Magazine rated Trump International #1? Who is #2...TPC Heron Bay?

03.29.2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
Florida Golf Magazine rates courses by popular vote and does not use raters.They do not rate Best in State. Here's the list for 2006. Where's Trump's course?

http://floridagolfmagazine.com/SubscribersChoiceSurvey/2007BestGolfCourses/index.htm
03.29.2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
Say again who those FLA rankings work?

There are really 7 courses better than Seminole just in SE FLA?
03.29.2007 | Unregistered CommenterBobC
It's "how" not "who" in my first line. Sorry.
03.29.2007 | Unregistered CommenterBobC
So that's why Pine Valley is the perennial number one...it all those ads they buy in the golf rags. Rumor has it Crystal Downs is going for number 2 next year with a huge advertising campaign! Hope they can out advertise the boys at ANGC!

Trump, you are an idiot, and you would look a whole lot better if you coiffed your hair like the Fred Willard character in "Home for Purim."
03.29.2007 | Unregistered CommenterNed Ludd
Note to the Donald:

Donald,
The Jerk store called and they've had enough out of you!

I though his New Jersey course was supposed to be GD friendly and better than Florida. What happened?
03.29.2007 | Unregistered CommenterMr Monte Carlo
donald is boring. who are you? if you had ANY credibility it went away with the whole WWE "advertising" you're doing.

get over yourself.
03.29.2007 | Unregistered Commenterr.p.f

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