LandscapeJune 18, 2014

Bronx Cheer?

New York is hoping the site of a former dump will be the toast of the town

Will it be roses or raspberries for the new Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point? Could be a bit of both. The daily-fee faux links, designed by John Sanford, Jack Nicklaus and Jim Lipe, is positioned on the stem of the Big Apple, just off the Whitestone Bridge on the north side of the East River in the Bronx. With grand views of the Manhattan skyline, it has to be a winner, right? Well, it's a former dump—literally. And it's a good $10 million course that ended up costing New York City $100 million or more because of environmental cleanup. The costs were driven sky high by union labor and bureaucrats bickering about competing remedial methods. It'll be run by Donald Trump, whom former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg calls "the concessionaire," on a 20-year lease. Trump won the contract by agreeing to build a suitable clubhouse using his money. In exchange, he received the naming rights and opted to give it his name. The city hasn't yet approved green fees, but they'll be in the $150 range for city residents and about $200 for everyone else. The concessionaire guarantees Trump Golf Links, scheduled to open in spring 2015, will host a major championship within a decade. Hey, the guy never exaggerates, does he?

IF YOU GO

WHERE: The Bronx, N.Y., next to the Whitestone Bridge

YARDS: 7,407

PAR: 72

FEE: $150-$200 (estimated)

OPERATED BY: The Donald