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Trump Promises Golf Par Excellence

Donald Trump on a golf course in Scotland April, 2006. (James Fraser/Bloomberg News)

Donald Trump came to Loudoun County on Friday and promised 250 members of the Lowes Island Club that he would create the best-ever world-class golf course and clubhouse in Sterling under his name. You expected anything less?

The Donald scooped up the private club in February, months after it went on the market for $18 million, as the new jewel in his golf empire. He fell in love with the 800-acre property because it sits along the Potomac River and immediately vowed to make it Washington's premier course.

"We are going to do something here that's phenomenal," he told the standing-room-only crowd.

The flamboyant developer (pink tie and shirt) said that under his ownership the club would have better food, a new fitness center, improved caddie service and extended hours for child care, reports our colleague Derek Kravitz. He promised that the course would quickly snag a PGA tournament and repeated it would soon surpass the prestigious Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

New members better have deep pockets, according to literature handed out at the meeting: Social memberships (no golf) will cost $25,000; golf memberships will fetch $75,000; and corporate memberships (you and business buddies) go for $175,000.

The Donald was flanked by his son Eric, a number of financial advisers and members of his new management team. As with "The Apprentice," Trump said not everyone working at Lowes Island would be staying: "Some people are on the bubble," he warned. (But no -- he didn't utter his catchphrase, "You're fired.")

And he's already ruffling feathers in Virginia's governor's race: Last month, he gave Terry McAuliffe $25,000, which caused rival Brian Moran to snark that Democrats don't need "Trump-like money" to win. "The most important thing is the candidate, and that candidate's message," Moran told a Richmond audience last week. "Money is not the only thing here, friends."

But it never hurts, does it?

By The Reliable Source  |  April 27, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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