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Tournament Canceled at Trump Golf Course

belal-el-atari-donald-trump-golfThere was recently a breaking news story in the world of golf. The Los Angeles school district officials have confirmed that they have cancelled all plans to host a fundraising tournament at the Trump National Golf Course. The response came swiftly after Donald Trump made very crude comments toward immigrants and their relation to the United States.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has asked for the return of the $7,500 deposit from the club, which is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, but the club has not as of yet complied with the request soon if they have not already.

The golf tournament that was supposed to be held would have been the 8th annual “Beyond the Bell Golf Classic”. This tournament is held in order to raise money to support student programs that take place after normal school hours. Based on projections the tournament would have hauled in $70,000+ for all sorts of extra-curricular activities in the arts, music, athletics, and more.

Alvaro Cortés, the executive director of Beyond the Bell was quoted in saying, “There was absolutely no reason to host our largest fundraiser at a Trump facility after Donald Trump shared negative immigration comments.” Mr. Cortés prides the event on being, “dedicated to serve the underrepresented and uplift underprivileged communities of Los Angeles.”

Since Trump announced his candidacy for President he has been quoted numerous times with inflammatory statements that have put off countless people. This is just one example of people responding back in their own way to Trump. I personally expect more news stories like this to pop up in the near future.

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Belal El-Atari

The Bronx Receives Trump Style Luxury Golf Course

belal-el-atari-bronx-golfAfter a many years of planning, setbacks, re-organizing, and every other type of speed bump possible, the Bronx in New York finally received  luxury golf course. The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point are located near the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. The new urban golf course location will provide countless golfers with an opportunity to play the 18-hole course throughout the rest of Spring, all Summer, and even into the Fall.

belal-el-atari-donald-trumpGiven that the course is more well kept and offers high amenities players will be paying more to play. Being just outside Manhattan, thats also an expected piece of playing golf. The greens fees are almost triple that of the other courses in the city. City residents will pay $169 for weekend play whereas a non-city resident will pay $215. Golf carts are permitted on the course and are state of the art with top of the line GPS systems. There is also an interactive screen for players to use that will allow them to order food and beverages directly to their location on the course.

As many may recall, Donald Trump company won the bid to run the course, but what others may not know is that the course is built on a former landfill that was shut down in 1963. Although there are vents on the course for releasing methane gas, the grounds remain exceptionally clean and well tended.

The course is bordered by residential buildings on one side but the course offers beautiful views and wonderful geography attributes. The slightly hilly course has impeccable views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.

Ruben Diaz Jr. the Bronx borough president, played this past Wednesday for the grand opening and was quoted in saying, “I’m out here on Day 1, letting people know that we have a world-class, P.G.A. links-style golf course right here in the boogie-down Bronx.”

Players are so excited to play on the new course that reservations for April have been booked extremely fast and far in advance. Ronald C. Lieberman, an executive VP of the Trump Organization said “Within 15 minutes all the prime time slots had sold out for every weekend,” when referring to the April reservations.

belal-el-atari-golf-club-houseWhat’s Next For The Course?:

Construction on a brand new $10million clubhouse will soon begin. For the meantime there is a temporary clubhouse with a pro shop and a grill. Donald Trump and his organization also hope the course will feature major tournaments with the P.G.A. and the even the Ryder Cups.