On Trump's latest foray to Scotland, he stopped at the family's old stomping grounds - his mom was born somewhere in the area of the Outer Hebrides Islands - and the remote but famous Stonoway Golf Club offered him membership. He accepted, although if his course in Aberdeen doesn't get the green light, it cannot be too likely that Trump will revisit or that Mr. Henderson will get to play his "few holes" with the confection-coiffed one.
Trump, who probably believes in the old adage that there is no bad
"If Birkdale were a one-hole course," Ogilvy told the press, "this green would be out of character with the rest of the course. It's out of character with the land. It's out of character with the hole."
The 17th hole brought Trump into play because Martin Hawtree, the Donald's architect in Aberdeen, had been commissioned to redesign it. Hawtree responded to the complaints by Ogilvy and others by blaming the Royal & Ancient Golfing Society. "The R&A wanted spectator mounds," Hawtree told the press. "So now the green forms too much of a bowl shape. I'm taken aback by the depth of the reaction." He pledged to restore it to the original design he presented to the R&A if they ask him to do so.
If Mr. Hawtree believes the R&A pushed him around, wait until he starts his work for the Donald. The London betting house Ladbrokes will quote odds on just about anything, and it will be interesting to see if the odds are in the esteemed Mr. Hawtree's favor, or if he is more likely to be called into the boardroom eventually to hear the dreaded words, "You're fired!"