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January 9, 2024

Trump’s name comes down at Ferry Point

By Alabama Golf News Staff
Ferry Point GC in The Bronx

Trump name removed from NYC course

Bally’s name will officially replace Trump at the Ferry Point golf course in The Bronx, the New York Post reported.

“BALLY LINKS” will be emblazoned on a massive green berm on the links — a symbol of the company acquiring the lease of the golf course from the Trump Organization last fall — replacing “TRUMP LINKS” on the same berm.

The giant Trump logo was visible driving over the East River on the Whitestone Bridge, the newspaper said.

The scenic changeover will take place later this week, Bally’s told the newspaper.

It’s a big move in New York for Bally’s, which will separately submit a bid to operate a casino adjacent to the golf course, the Post reported.

After Jan. 6, former mayor wanted to dump Trump

“We are incredibly excited about this new chapter for Bally’s Golf Links at Ferry Point. This course is one of the City’s crown jewels—an amazing public course right here in the Bronx—and we look forward to being both responsible and responsive stewards of this compelling community asset,” said Bally’s controlling owner Soo Kim, who grew up in Queens, the Post reported.

Donald Trump Jr., testifying in his family’s and the Trump Organization’s fraud trial in New York, revealed that Bally’s paid the company $60 million to buy the right to operate a public golf course in New York City. The terms of the lease transfer for the former Trump Golf Links Ferry Point in the Bronx hadn’t previously been disclosed, The Associated Press reported.

The golf course was managed by The Trump Organization from 2015 – 2023. The 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus signature design, links-style course and clubhouse sit at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge in The Bronx. It was designed specifically to take advantage of views of the Manhattan skyline, East River and Whitestone & Throggs Neck Bridges. The course plays 7,407 yards from the tips.

Following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would scrap the contract with the Trump Organization, claiming that Trump’s incitement of rioters gave the city legal authority to do so, Yahoo News reported.

The course is ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” (Golf Digest), “Best New Courses” (Golf Digest), “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” (Golf.com), “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the United States” (Golf Week), “Best State-by-State Courses You can Play” (Golf Week) and many more.  

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Featured image courtesy of Bally’s.

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