Nestled within the bustling borough of the Bronx, New York, Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point stands out as a remarkable golf course that seamlessly combines scenic beauty in an urban environment, challenging gameplay, and a touch of luxury. This Jack Nicklaus-designed gem is a haven for golf enthusiasts, businessmen, or outdoors people seeking an escape from the urban jungle while indulging in a world-class golfing experience.
Upon arrival, the meticulously manicured grounds, practice areas, and the sleek southern-style clubhouse immediately set the tone for an exclusive outing. The staff's warm and courteous welcome immediately put our group at ease, making us feel like valued members of an elite club.
The highlight of Trump at Ferry Point is undoubtedly its stunning views. Situated at the edge of the East River, the course offers breathtaking vistas of the Manhattan skyline, creating a backdrop that few other golf courses can rival. Seeing iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center towering in the distance adds an extra touch of magic to each round.
As for the course itself, Jack Nicklaus has masterfully crafted an 18-hole layout that demands both skill and strategy. The fairways are well-groomed and generous, but the strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, and fescue can turn any seemingly simple shot into a challenging endeavor. Golfers of all skill levels can find enjoyment here, though beginners and casual golfers might want to play from the forward tees to avoid excessive frustration.
The course's standout hole is arguably the par five 18th, where players wishing to "go for it" must navigate a lengthy carry over perfectly placed fairway bunkers and then an ultra-aggressive 200+ yard second shot into an overly protected, narrow, multi-tiered green.
The pace of play at Trump at Ferry Point is generally smooth, thanks to attentive marshals, smart carts, and a limited number of tee times. Despite the occasional weekend crowd, players can often enjoy a leisurely round without feeling rushed or held up.
One minor drawback is the price, as Trump at Ferry Point is undeniably on the higher end of the cost spectrum. However, the luxurious experience, immaculate course conditions, and awe-inspiring setting make it well worth the investment for a special occasion. (Pro-Tip, the weekday twilight rates make it possible to squeeze in 18 holes for a fraction of the cost.)
Overall, Trump at Ferry Point delivers an unforgettable golfing experience that combines challenging gameplay with jaw-dropping scenery, all within the confines of the largest city in the United States. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a casual enthusiast looking for a unique round of golf, this course is sure to leave a lasting impression and a desire to return for another day of golfing bliss.