Oh wait, I'm sorry, just TNMP. But the airport landing pattern right by the Nicklaus-designed Pasadera Country Club. Thankfully, The Donald wants to buy it, as Marie Vasari reports.
No deal has been signed, but Trump met with Pasadera's members last week to outline his vision for the private golf club, confirmed Larry Glick, vice president of strategic development for the Trump Organization.
"Yes, there's interest," said Glick. "I love the area, it's premium land, and I think it would fit great for the Trump brand."
Pasadera is attractive on many fronts, said Glick: Not only the course and its clubhouse, but the surrounding area and the course's proximity to Monterey Peninsula Airport.
Glick wouldn't disclose what the company might pay for the golf club, other than to say "we're getting it at a very good price," nor the sum the Trump Organization intends to sink into improvements.
Those improvements would include course beautification and the addition of some trees, he said, along with a new name — Trump National Golf Club Monterey Peninsula.
The peninsula will never be the same.
The private club is owned by Lee Newell, Fred Bates and Tom de Regt through their Monterey-based New Cities Development Group. They purchased the development in late 1997 from an East Coast group.
Pasadera Country Club is situated on 565 acres off Monterey-Salinas Highway, with a 38,000-square-foot clubhouse with dining and conference facilities, a fitness center, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Its par-71 golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Golf memberships start at $120,000, social memberships at $25,000.
"The Monterey area is optimal for us," said Glick. "I get about 50 proposals over my desk each month, and if I look at one, it's a lot."
Wait, didn't Gordon Gekko say that to Bud in Wall Street about Bluestar Airlines? And we know how well that turned out.