Nor is his relationship with the game merely one-dimensional. Trump built his first course in the late 1990s, added more to the portfolio in the 21st Century, and also began to acquire existing courses and resorts which he developed or re-designed.
Developing his passion
"He goes superfast. Speed rounds. He hits and runs and hits and runs," Politico reports a Republican close to the White House saying. "Everyone else tries to keep up with him and that's basically how it goes."
In his book Commander in Cheat Rick Reilly asked the many professionals who have played with Trump for their assessment of his golf.
"I'm pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it's in the middle of the fairway when we get there.
The Daily Mail reported in January 2021 that the Trump Organization's two Scottish courses filed a $4.6million loss in 2019, bringing the total losses in eight years to $75million.
In an effusive review Golf Digest's Geoff Shackelford concluded: "Turnberry is a marvel in every way … an essential stop … don't be in a hurry to leave."
Major Championship & WGC controversy
Golf while in office
In 2015 he told Fortune: "Golf is the sport of business. I've made deals on a golf course that I would have never, ever made over a lunch. I've actually told the people at Wharton, 'You should give a course in golf.'"
The website TrumpGolfCount.com detailed 298 daytime visits to a golf club during his Presidency, with evidence of 150 confirmed rounds of golf within that tally.