After watching this site go from wasteland to wonderland, the invite to play Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point was met with an enthusiastic, “Yes, please.” I’m not going to get into ranking the Jack Nicklaus design, but I will say it’s unlike any course you’ve played in the Met area.
The course is extremely playable, and we got the full links experience with a 20- to 30-mph wind that seemed to change directions at regular intervals to keep things more interesting. I’m not sure they can keep the greens rolling as fast as we played them when the doors swing open to the general public next spring, but they were a pleasure.
You can’t escape the urban sights and sounds that surround the property, but the contrast makes the site even more unique. The course was long enough from the blues (6,824 yards). I’d like to see another set of tees because most golfers paying $180 for a round of golf are going to be reluctant to play the whites (6,071 yards).
Word of warning, leave the golds (7,407 yards) for the pros.
The mix of holes is fantastic. All of the par 3s are different. You get a couple of exciting, short par 4s and some real bears. I’m thinking that No. 16, a toothy 462-yard par 4, has to be the hole most will leave talking about. All of the par 5s are gettable by the single-digit players, but there is risk involved.
I don’t see this place having any trouble generating buzz in the coming months, and the grand-opening should bring a flood of curious players.