Trump Golf Links Ferry Point is a 222-acre parcel in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx, located on the east side of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which crosses the East River and connects the Bronx with the borough of Queens. It’s bordered by housing to the east, while the western boundary is lined by the Hutchinson River Parkway, and the course can be easily accessed from all of New York City’s boroughs.
The 7,400-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, designed in consultation with Sanford Design, will be operated by the Trump Golf team and will be a part of the global golf portfolio of native New Yorker and avid golfer Donald Trump. Scheduled to open to the public in 2015, with some programming—primarily junior golf—available in the summer 2014, Ferry Point will offer spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from most of its 18 holes. Ferry Point will be a nearly treeless, Irish links-style course, designed to look mature from its early years and featuring tall, flowing native grasses and dunes with teeing grounds that rise as high as 55 feet above grade.
“I think Ferry Point will be a tremendous golf experience,” Nicklaus said. “I’ve been asked to create something that is world-class, a source of pride for New York City, and if they wanted to hold a national or international event, a course that will be a strong golf course from the back tees. Most important, the course needs to service the needs of those in the Metropolitan New York area who hopefully will play Ferry Point.
“Ferry Point was created to be a unique public golf experience and it is our collective hope that the golf course will add to New York City’s global reputation, enhance New York’s reputation for quality golf, and give the proud residents of New York City a place to play and call home. Donald Trump has a deep-rooted love for New York City and he deserves a great deal of credit for getting Ferry Point to the finish line and for delivering it to the golfers and golf fans of New York.”
The golf experience at Ferry Point will not only be a uniquely special one, with spectacular views and aesthetics, its strength will be the strategy and shot values integrated by Nicklaus, the world’s preeminent course designer. The Golden Bear, recognized as history’s greatest golfer, has been involved in the design of nearly 300 golf courses worldwide. His renowned Nicklaus Design firm has created more than 380 golf courses in 36 countries and 39 states. More than 100 Nicklaus Design golf courses have hosted a combined total of more than 750 professional tournaments or significant national championships.
“If you are going to have a golf course that has the ability to host a high-profile national or international event, you have to have some spice in it,” Nicklaus added. “Our goal as a public golf course is to have it play well on a daily basis and serve the needs of those golfers who visit Ferry Point. But when asked to host an event, we believe we have the ability to move to the back tees, hide the pins, and create a test of golf fitting of any tournament or championship.”
The course is part of a city-funded redevelopment project. The park was originally built during the construction of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge completed in 1939, and for two decades after World War II, Ferry Point was used as a landfill. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course will be the first championship-level course in New York City and will help meet the high demand for golf in the metropolitan area, as the city’s 13 existing municipal golf courses typically boast full tee sheets.
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