You'd think of all the courses Donald Trump plays and has access to play, his "bucket list" course would be a little more obscure. But after giving it some thought, he revealed an answer that would be on the golf bucket lists of your average golf-playing citizen: The Old Course at St. Andrews.
This was among his answers to five rapid-fire questions we asked Trump in a one-on-one interview at the PGA 2014 Annual Meeting Friday in Indianapolis, where he was keynote speaker.
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Another question? Name your five holes-in-one. Trump had initially named one as his most memorable shot during a lively and humorous 1.5-hour keynote address. It was the 158-yard 12th hole at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, which Trump aced with an 8-iron. And to the delight of the crowd, he made sure to note he had a "massive plaque" installed.
The others: Two at Westchester Country Club, one at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and one at Pebble Beach in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, an ace on the 12th in a foursome that included Payne Stewart. If you're interested, there's a good retelling of this 1993 ace in a 2011 New York Times piece. The caddie, Robert Lytle, tells the story:
“So Donald wants to hit a 6-iron and (Paul) Goydos wants him to hit 6-iron and I want him to hit 5-iron. So we’re going back and forth and finally I said to him: ‘O.K., Donald, I’ll tell you what, you hit the 5-iron and if I’m wrong you don’t have to pay me. If I’m right, you pay me double.’ He looked at me and said, ‘You sure?’ ”And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure.’ I was sure, but I was thinking maybe he’d hit it too hard and try to prove me wrong. But he hit it perfect. Two bounces and it went in the hole.”
Trump's favorite club in his bag? "My Putter. Definitely." By the way, it's a Scotty Cameron, if you're curious, and it's the same putter he's used for years. Least favorite: Anything to do with chipping.
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Best piece of golf instruction: "Don't take it to seriously. I see some people that are so uptight they can't take a club back. Just remember it's just not that important and maybe you'll play better."
And finally, Trump named his projections for players to win majors in 2015, and his list was, well, safe. But in Trump fashion, it was also supersized. "We have four majors, but I would say five guys." Who? Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and of course Tiger Woods.
"I think Tiger is a unique athlete and a great guy. I think Tiger is going to win a major next year."