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Trump Unveils Championship Golf Course In Loudoun

© Leesburg Today - 06/23/2015

Donald J. Trump was in Loudoun County this morning, talking up something other than his recently announced presidential campaign. He was here to pull back the curtain on the brand new Championship Golf Course at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling.

""You'll never see anything like this anywhere else.""

When a promise like that comes from one of the world's wealthiest men, you're likely to listen.

Donald J. Trump was in Loudoun County this morning, talking up something other than his recently announced presidential campaign. He was here to pull back the curtain on the brand new Championship Golf Course at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling.

To ceremonially open the course, the businessman and presidential hopeful played host at a daylong press event that included breakfast, a round of golf for those not deterred by the afternoon heat and a press conference on an observation deck atop a manmade waterfall that overlooked the new 18-hole, 7,693-yard course.

Trump bought the 800-acre property six years ago when it was home to the Lowes Island Golf Club, and he's since orchestrated its radical makeover. He reconfigured the holes so that the entire championship-caliber course runs alongside the Potomac River.

""When I first came here, I saw something that was very special,"" he said. ""I saw the Potomac River"" and the potential for the river to provide stunning views and an unparalleled challenge for golfers.

A team of course architects and sculptors Trump called ""artists with bulldozers"" knocked down trees that once blocked the view of the river, and designed each fairway, green and tee box with the river in mind.

A couple of the greens sit so close to the water's edge that a slightly off tee shot can land a golfers' ball in the drink.

""This is the challenge you'll get at this course,"" Trump said.

He thanked Loudoun leaders, whose cooperation made it possible for him to create the impressive facility. He said he was pleasantly surprised that the county Board of Supervisors gave the green light to a $10 million state-of-the-art tennis center-which opened at the golf club in April-and worked with him to get the needed permits to build the course on prime real estate.

""It's really unheard of,"" he said.

The team at the Championship Golf Course already is prepping to host the 2017 Senior PGA Championship, what will likely be the first of many major golf tournaments at the club.

Peter P. Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, commended Trump for creating ""masterworks of golf properties"" and said that's why the organization likes to partner with him.

""This is a recipe for success,"" he said. ""When you think about this golf course and what it can become, you just know there's going to be a storied championship history to this property, and we're so fortunate to be a part of it.""

The property is designed with major tournaments in mind. It can accommodate as many as 100,000 people, and was built to be a walkable course for both spectators and golfers.

During Tuesday's unveiling ceremony, Trump was already daydreaming of a gaggle of press crowding the observation deck to snap photos of the pros.

""It's going to be amazing,"" he said, and later added, ""I hope you enjoy the course for many years to come.""

While the purpose of Trump's stop in Loudoun, one of the political bellwethers in the increasingly politically purple Virginia, was about golf, he didn't turn down questions about his announcement last week to vie for the Republican nomination for president.

Taking questions from the press, he said he believes the right place for the Confederate flag is in a museum, not flown atop South Carolina's Capitol.

And he didn't hesitate for a second when asked what woman he'd like to see on the $10 bill: ""My mother.""

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