Donald Trump, Going for the Green?
Fore! Donald Trump has his eye on a local golf course -- which would definitely liven up the country club scene in Washington.
"I only do something if it's going to be spectacular," he told us yesterday.
The flamboyant developer created a quite a splash Friday when he walked into the clubhouse at Lowes Island Club in Sterling accompanied by his son Eric and executive George Ross (Trump's right-hand man on "The Apprentice"). Trump, in D.C. to fly ambassadors down to Palm Beach, Fla., on his private jet for last weekend's International Red Cross Ball, chatted enthusiastically with members having lunch and seemed very impressed with the private club and its two 18-hole championship courses overlooking the Potomac River.
Could be great news for owner Chevy Chase Bank, which put the club on the market for $18 million in August. In the past few years, Trump, who claims a 7 handicap, has branched from soaring office towers into luxury golf courses in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Palm Beach and elsewhere. The buzz among Lowes Island's 700 members is that he wants to transform it into a top destination -- giving Congressional some stiff competition for the area's golfers and tournaments. (That means you, Tiger Woods.)
"I love the courses," Trump told us. "Even more, I love the potential of the courses and have total respect for the people I'm dealing with."
Does that mean there's a deal? Trump had no comment, nor did Jeff Campbell, a senior vice president at Chevy Chase Bank.
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February 5, 2009; 7:43 AM ET
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