Is Donald Trump Good for Golf?

Interesting situation this week:

Donald Trump is hosting both PGA Tour events: the Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club, Puerto Rico and The WGC Cadillac Championship at his newly acquired Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.

Doral brings his growing golf portfolio to more than a dozen courses, including what is arguably the world's most anticipated opening (on July 15): Trump International Golf Links, Scotland.

What I'm wondering is, if you agree that golf needs a boost in interest and participation, (as many of the game's stakeholders do), is Donald Trump's involvement a good thing?

There is certainly some evidence suggesting it is.

For example, Golf Odyssey recently reported that "swells in advance reservations are also evident" at some of Trump Scotland's neighboring courses: Royal Aberdeen, Murcar, and Cruden Bay.

"Suddenly, an oft-overlooked area is the hottest golf region in the UK," they wrote.

And, in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Gary Van Sickle , who called Trump, "the one-man answer to the golf recession," Trump said in two months he took Pine Hill Golf Club (now named Trump National Golf Club, Philadelphia) from 90 members to 350.

"I'm good for golf, Gary, what can I tell you?," Trump said.

By the way, in the same interview, Trump said he landed an upcoming U.S. Women's Open at his club in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump hosting a major -- is this good for golf, too?

Again, some say he brings much-needed attention.

Others argue it's for the wrong reasons.

What do you think -- is Donald Trump good for golf?

Please share your thoughts below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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