A new management company assumes responsibility for operating New York City’s Ferry Point – a stunning track overlooking the city’s dramatic skyline – but the departure of former President Donald Trump’s organization has some saying the process has been rammed through.
On Tuesday, a hearing was held prior to a vote, and attorneys from the Trump team insisted that course designer Jack Nicklaus directly oversee any decision regarding the course management. However, that was not enough to affect a city panel as members approved the shift on Wednesday. Two panelists voted against the measure, and one insisted that the process needed more time to be thoroughly investigated.
Formerly known as Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, the links-style golf course opened in 2014 and debuted as No. 2 for New York on Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play list in 2015, just after Bethpage Black. When Ferry Point opened, the city signed a 20-year deal with the Trump Organization.
While the track opened under the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge (on the site of a former New York landfill) in 2014, a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse designed by architectural firm Hart Howerton was completed in 2019.
President Donald Trump is playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on November 28, 2020. The former president said Ferry Point, which his group previously managed, could be the best public golf facility in the country. Photo by Alex Brandon / Associated Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this year that the city would terminate contracts with the Trump organization in the wake of the January 6 Capitol uprising, which sent lawmakers seeking cover in fear for their lives, leaving five people dead and dozens injured.
Lawyers for the Trump team have said the city will have to pay a “termination fee” of $ 30 million because the breach of the contract claim has no legal merit, according to reports from The City, a digital news platform in New York City .
Trump issued a statement on October 12, blowing up the mayor.
“The course has received rave reviews, is considered one of the top ten open to public facilities in the United States (may even be the best!), Is designed for tournament play, and Mayor De Blasio will take it away after all. the work was done so successfully and so much money was spent, ”Trump said in the statement. “So unfair – that’s what’s happening in communist countries, not in America!”
Back in June, the Trump Organization’s legal team said the dismissal was motivated solely by political pressure. The group invested significantly in the project after New York City failed to complete the course, which ranks 77th on Golfweek’s best courses you can play on the U.S. list, as judged by Golfweek’s nationwide network of reviewers.
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After wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in its previously unsuccessful attempts to complete this project, we stepped in and, at the city’s request (like Wollman Rink in the 1980s), invested over $ 30 million of our own money to provide to the people of New York City, what is widely recognized as one of the most magnificent public golf experiences anywhere in the country, ”the Trump Organization said in a statement.
Atlanta-based Bobby Jones Links was selected to take over the property, which means taking on daily golf operations, managing on-site instructional programs and coordinating food and beverage.
“We are honored that the city has chosen Bobby Jones Links to be the next manager of one of New York’s most notable recreational assets,” said Whitney Crouse, founder of Bobby Jones Links. “Ferry Point Links is one of the leading golf courses and experiences in the country and we are honored to bring our service-based culture and extensive industry knowledge to this highly acclaimed golf course. Bobby Jones Links has been an innovator in the golf course management industry for more than 22 years with collective experience on more than 200 courses worldwide. ”
According to an announcement, the new management team will make some changes to the course after it closes in November.
“The golf course and high-quality dining experiences are not changing,” Crouse said. “However, we plan to make improvements that we believe will benefit the residents and golfers of New York.”