California’s Trump National: A Luxurious Golf Getaway
The championship layout at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes lies 30 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles. The community offers visitors a perfect weekend getaway, with world-class golf, dining, and accommodations all within minutes of one another. Donald Trump purchased the course in 2002, and after two years of extensive renovations, the layout emerged as one of the most luxurious on the West Coast. Golf Magazine has included Trump National on its list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play nationwide, confirming its status as the pinnacle of luxury coastal golf in Southern California.
The Acclaimed Golf Course
One of America’s most widely acclaimed golf course architects, Pete Dye, oversaw the design of this course, which sits high atop the jagged bluffs of the California coast. An estimated quarter-of-a-billion dollars was invested in this ultimate golfing challenge. Trump National’s Rancho Palos Verdes layout is purported to be the most expensive golf course ever constructed, and it’s evidenced by each hole. The cascading wall of water behind the green is a $2.5 million Trump investment that offers irresistible photographic opportunities.
Five sets of tees allow players of every skill level to indulge in this memorable golfing experience. The black tees present low-handicappers with a 7,242-yard challenge that is unrelenting. The USGA course rating for the back tees is a prodigious 75, and the slope is 146. At the other end of the scale, the course plays just 4,538 yards from the gold tees. The unique overhead interactive golf course map is an amenity that avid golfers will appreciate.
Golfers will revel in massive bunkers filled with crystalline white sands. Greens are creatively tucked in behind water hazards that will consume failed attempts without mercy. The contours around the greens and bunkers are so dramatic that players run the risk of experiencing a bout of vertigo along the way. Fortunately, it is easy to forget even the most wayward shot in this pristine environment, with expansive views of the Pacific coastline and Catalina Island.
After putting out on the 18th, gourmet dining and top-rate facilities await at the casually upscale 45,000-square-foot clubhouse. No detail is overlooked, and even the locker rooms are elegantly appointed.
The Cafe Pacific and The Golfer’s Lounge
Following a day on the links, players can dine at the Golfer’s Lounge or the decidedly more upscale Cafe Pacific. Executive chef Jean Pierre-Vincent is responsible for a Mediterranean-influenced menu. Vincent’s considerable success at a young age resulted in an offer to become chief instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Academy of Culinary Arts. One of the chef’s stated goals is to offer a preeminent California coastal dining experience.
The dinner menu features steaks, seafood, and vegetarian selections. The Moroccan Spiced Colorado Rack of Lamb is illustrative of the Mediterranean influence. The Spiedino de Mare includes a delectable ensemble of marinated and grilled prawns and scallops. The seafood menu also includes Seafood Pescatore and Wood Fire-Grilled Salmon.
The luxurious Sunday morning champagne brunch buffet at The Cafe Pacific features made-to-order omelets, sushi, and pasta alongside the carving stations. The breathtaking view and luxurious buffet nicely complement one another.
Nearby Luxury Accommodations
Golfers can select from a variety of upscale accommodations nearby. The luxurious bungalows, casitas, and villas at the oceanfront Terranea Resort are only three miles away. The 20 oceanfront bungalows offer a true “home away from home” experience. Each oversized accommodation includes a minimum of 1,100 sq-ft of indoor space, along with an oversized private patio or balcony. Imagine savoring a soothing Pacific sunset, mimosa in hand, from your own luxurious and very private space. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces ensure that you can always enjoy the outdoors, regardless of weather. Finally, Terranea’s award-winning spa is just steps away, offering indulgent massages and spa treatments with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.