The Takeaway: Grade B
Designer: Tom Fazio in 2000
Phone Number: (877) 450-8866
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Trump Philadelphia's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Accolades: Ranked 18th in New Jersey on Golf Digest’s 2013-14 Best in State rankings.
What to Expect: There is no other course like Pine Valley on the planet, period. However, the course that is in nearest proximity to golf’s Holy Grail and shares some of the same unique terrain is Trump National Philadelphia (formerly Pine Hill). While Pine Valley is superior in every way, the Fazio designed Trump Philadelphia (actually located in New Jersey) is no slouch and in my opinion is more difficult. The shortest par five is still 562 yards, a couple of par fours tip out at nearly 500 yards, and two of the par threes break the 230 yard barrier. The well maintained fairways are relatively tight for such a punishing length and require you to be on your ‘A’ game if you don’t want to leave the course seeking comfort from your therapist. The routing features plenty of elevation changes, creating a challenging walk, but also boasts impressive views of the Philadelphia skyline when you reach the upper elevation tee boxes. Just as you would expect from anything associated with Donald Trump, the clubhouse is large and in charge and sits impressively on a hill top with views in every direction. If the USGA wants to come back to Philadelphia after 2013 but decides that Merion isn’t long enough for a U.S. Open anymore, then the Donald just my get his wish to host the prestigious event at his course found outside the city of brotherly love.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 441 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 234 Yards
Best Par 4: 10th Hole – 496 Yards
Best Par 5: 14th Hole – 562 Yards
Birdie Time: 12th Hole – 399 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 15th Hole – 481 Yard Par 4