Note from Kerry Fraser:Regardless of your political affiliation or personal views, I would like us to all come together as I invite you to join me on a walking tour of a 'Great' golf course - Trump National Philadelphia. Trump National is located in Pine Hill, NJ, just a few long par 5's around the corner from historic Pine Valley. I took the walk (and carried my bag as I frequently do) on this hilly course the day before the Presidential Election. The vistas and fall foliage are absolutely beautiful.
This South New Jersey property first began as a ski hill/resort just a 40 minute drive from Philadelphia. (You can see the Philadelphia skyline from the beautiful Club House and #18 green.) You can imagine its not an easy trek - but since I don't skate like I once did, walking the course has become a most pleasurable physical and mental workout.
It is also my great pleasure to introduce Cole Clark, a former NCAA Collegiate Golfer and the newest member of the allaccess Executive Solutions/Golf Travel ETC sales team. Cole played a College tournament on Trump National Philadelphia so I asked him to assemble this preview for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the walk....
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So now let's take a walk together on Trump National Philadelphia, I guarantee I'll play it better this time around.
The first tee. Beware - tee box sets you up toward right trees & hill! Swing away down the middle and carry over the hump to roll it out.
Ideal second shot lands in the right side as fairway slopes hard right to left. Too far left leaves chip over deep bunker with green running away.
Green slopes hard left-right & away.
Number 2 is a tricky par 3 that plays between 145-165 yards. Look for wind at flag or top of trees! If you strike left of green on hill, chip from rough very difficult to stop. Bunkers right are deep but playable.
Hole #3, a par 4. This is a reverse look back from the green to an elevated teeing ground on the difficult #2 handicap hole. Ideal drive location is left side fairway for best angle to pin. Green slopes right to left so aim accordingly.
Bunker guards middle-left side green with slope running away from front to deep middle.
Reverse look from pin to tee on Par 4 Hole #4. Avoid left side tree line or you likely have obstructed shot to green. The ground is soft from 50 yards in so fly ball to green. Deep depression with thick rough to left of green & long bunker right.
Wind & water can come into play on the pretty Par 3 fifth. President Elect Trump thought there should be a small lake to hit over so he built one and tinted the water color on this great hole. Check the wind on the flag & top of the trees. Bunkers guard the green left and center. Plenty of room & shorter shot over water on right side.
Reverse look from "huge" Trump style green back over his man-made lake to Tee box.
Favor left center fairway on par 4 number 6 as deep trouble awaits you left. Skirt the bunker on the left side for great angle & mid-short iron to the pin.
The par 5 seventh plays 553 yards from Blue. Shot is over waste area. A strike right is dead as property line runs along the trees.
Second shot to pin is blind over left hill & bunker approximately 200-220 out. Smart play is iron shot just over the corner of bunker to leave a wedge-9 iron to green. Don't go too far right as rough is unforgiving near green.
Prime location for 3rd shot to green.
Reverse look back to corner if a go-for-it draw attempt failed. #risk-reward?
A look back from the green.
Number 8. Another hole where wind above the trees can affect club selection on this Par 3, 175 yard hole. Tee shot must carry waste area with stream running through it. Drop area provided! Bunkers guard left side; too far right and ball rolls over cart path into woods.
Another "huge" Trump size green looking back over hazard to tee box
President Elect Trump lengthened #9 Par 5 considerably by adding "Trump Tee" back in the wooded area (605 yards). Blue plays 506 yards. Waste bunker on right. Avoid far left off tee as ball rolls down drop off into thick rough & bad lie. Best to miss right past trees as fairway opens there.
Look back toward "Trump Tee".
Number 10. Beautiful view from multi-tiered tee - shows you why this property began as a ski resort! Favor left side fairway to catch the slope. Center is fine; right side is anywhere from trouble to "she gone!"
A look back to tee box from center of fairway. 190 yards to green. Room left at green. Bunkers and deep rough guard the green right!
11. 375 yard Par 4 (Blue tee). Drive left side fairway past/over corner of bunker to catch sloping downhill fairway right. Ball will collect in large flat area for perfect angle to pin.
2nd shot approach from 125 yards. Location of tee shot should avoid bunkers left.
12. Par 4, dog-leg right. Favor left side fairway, avoiding bunker for short iron & clear look at the pin. Right side provides a blind shot or worse!
Depending on length off Tee, from this angle to downhill green leaves a short iron. If miss, miss right or play out of the sand.
Large green with look back at approach.
13. Plenty of room for errant push right on this short par 3. Bunker left guards green.
14. Favor left center fairway off T to set up 2'nd shot to avoid lake hazard. Beware of long waste bunker if too far left. Too far right provides blind shot that brings water into play on 2'nd shot.
2nd shot look from middle fairway. Water left, thick treed hill to right. Plenty of room over trees if shot flies right. Aim for tall electric tower or green-side bunkers right.
Large tiered green.
15, number 3 handicap hole. Right side bunker at corner of this dog-leg is in play. Too hard a cut around corner will end up in the woods! Big hitters can fly the trees at the corner & shorten the hole immensely. Left side bunker in play off tee shot. 200 yard uphill shot to green from there.
2nd shot look to green from the corner past the bunker. 160-170 yard shot to green. Long deep bunker guards left side fairway to green.
A look from the green to the corner of this sharp dog-leg.
16. Great par 3 from elevated, tiered tee box (-18 yards for elevation from Blue) over large sand waste area short.
Number 1 handicap hole, #17. Tee shot over deep waste area, favor center-right for preferred angle into large tiered green on this dog-leg left. Too far right is trouble.
If second shot comes up short you have blind uphill chip/pitch. Second shot can be 200 yards or less, but uphill with deep trouble left.
18. All 4 sets of tees hit over a waste area/bunker. Favor left center fairway to avoid deep bunkers that guard elevated green.
Did I mention the approach is into an elevated green?
View from 18 green. Not bad, eh?
Just in time to catch a sunset from from the clubhouse. Thanks Mr. Trump!