New York Council Rejected In Bid To Cancel Trump Golf License

Council members called for the "immediate termination" of the Trump Organization's license to operate Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

Trump's helicopter parked behind a golf green
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Donald Trump owns a number of golf courses around the world, but it's his course in The Bronx, New York, that has caused controversy of late, with members of the city council wanting the Trump Organization's license to run Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point terminated.

Council members on Thursday reportedly called for the "immediate termination" of the Trump Organization's license to operate the golf course, just one month before it's scheduled to host an Aramco Team Series tournament. However, the New York City Parks Department has rejected calls from those on the city council.

Speaking on Thursday, Council Speaker, Adrienne Adams, stated: "The Trump-operated golf course hosting a golf tournament sponsored by the Saudi government just weeks after the 21st anniversary of this country's most devastating event ever is insensitive to say the least."

Already this year, Trump National Bedminster has hosted an LIV Golf event, with the series set to head to Trump National Doral in October for its finale. The LIV series has been controversial due to it being financed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.

In October, the women's Aramco Team Series will also be held at a Trump-owned course, with council member, Shekar Krishnan, calling the tournament "so offensive to the families of 9/11."

Trump watches the golf LIV

Trump at the LIV Golf Invitational Series Bedminster

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In response to the councillors, a New York City Parks Department representative said the city would continue to honor its contract with the former President, with the spokesperson stating: "As we've told Chair Krishnan and his colleagues in the City Council, ending the contract we inherited would require the city to pay up to tens of millions of dollars to the Trump Organization, an outcome no one wants.

"We agree with the chairman on the desired outcome to cancel both this tournament and the overarching license agreement, and hope in the future he seeks a productive partnership on the issue."

Going into 2023, Trump's courses are expected to host two LIV Golf events, with a third on the horizon after the 76-year-old was spotted at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, with sources stating it's in preparation for another future LIV Golf event. Donald Trump's golf courses around the world include four-time Open venue Trump Turnberry, Trump National Doral, Trump National LA and Trump International Dubai.

Matt Cradock
Freelance Staff Writer

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.