FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Bedminster, N.J., Trump National Golf Club Bedminster

Oct 31, 2014
2014 / October 2014

JP Morgan Chase credit card holders often receive invitations to one of the Chase Inside Access events, which range from dinners prepared by celebrity chefs to special events across the country. I was fortunate to experience an event at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Chase took over the country club and former estate of John DeLorean, famed automobile manufacturer and creator of the DeLorean car, idolized in the cult classic Back to the Future.

Cardmembers paid a reduced fee to attend this special event. Invitations were emailed to members and included a Chase telephone number for reserving a spot. The event filled quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Gold, general manager, JP Morgan Chase Credit Cards © Francis X. Gallagher

David Gold, general manager, JP Morgan Chase Credit Cards © Francis X. Gallagher

The Fazio family designed both the Old Course and the New Course at Trump Bedminster. The Old Course, designed by Tom Fazio, opened in 2004 and measures 7,560 yards from the tips. It was recognized as one of the top 100 courses in America by Golf Magazine and Golfweek and selected New Jersey Golf Course of the Year in 2011. The course is perfectly maintained — would you expect anything less than immaculate on “the Donald’s” home course?

Trump poured a great deal of money into the course and the clubhouse/facilities, fully restoring the old mansion. I have never seen more beautiful locker facilities than those in the renovated former stables. Full of natural light, they look more like a formal living room than a typical men’s locker room.

The New Course is an 18-hole heathland style designed by Fazio’s nephew, Tom Fazio II. Opened in 2008, it frames and complements the Old Course and was voted Best Modern Course by Golfweek in 2011 and Best New Private Course by Golf Magazine in 2008.

I teed off on the Old Course on a beautiful summer day for a four-man scramble with David Gold, general manager, JP Morgan Chase Credit Cards; Drew Luthern, account manager, Source Marketing; and Chris Musumeci, senior vice president, Parcel Management.

Hole 6 | 351 yards, par 4
I have been accused of only remembering the best part of my game as I write this column. “If you read Fran’s golf column and never played with him before, you would think he was a 1-handicap golfer,” said a colleague. This might be true, and a reason I selected Hole 6 for this article, as I played it like a champ.

Drew took a cellphone call, distracting him from his regular powerful play. Deciding not to let down the team, David and I took full swings, nailing two drives. Mine landed in the center of the fairway, David to the right but well within play. Left center is the desired location for your drive, as the hole doglegs slightly to the right and is guarded by a fronting pond. The rest of the team tossed in the towel; David and I continued to the hole with a great approach by yours truly and an excellent birdie putt by David.

Hole 12 | 350 yards, par 4
This is where the boys on my team started to show their power with massive drives off the tee to the center of the fairway. I, on the other hand, hit a monster, but it took a trajectory left into the high fescue that Mr. Trump planted like Johnny Appleseed, sowing sorrows for wayward players. Thanks to the scramble format, we could leave that ball for some caddie to sell. The right fairway bunker took out Chris, leaving us with two drives to choose. David’s second shot put us on the lower portion of this two-tiered green, but teamwork allowed us to walk off with a par.

Hole 16 © Francis X. Gallagher

Hole 16 © Francis X. Gallagher

Hole 16 | 150 yards, par 3
I have to cover Hole 16, as this is a set-up to “beat the pro.” One of the benefits of the Chase Inside Access was use of the warm-up facilities and program at the course. Several of the pros were at the range and if you so desired, one would analyze your swing and offer suggestions for improvement. I took my pro’s advice and met up with him again on the 16th hole. My PGA pro was hitting a ball for each player, and you could play your own ball or choose the pro’s. In addition, if your ball landed on the green inside of the pro’s, you were rewarded with a sleeve of Trump National Bedminster golf balls. The pro went first, hitting a nice, clean ball that landed far left but on the green. I was up to beat my teacher and, remembering my brief instructions, nailed a perfect ball to the center of the green within six feet of the cup. Better yet, I made the putt for birdie and shared my winnings with my partner.

Hole 18 | 662 yards, par 5
It seems Trump and Fazio wanted to bring you back to the clubhouse thirsting for a cold one, as the finishing hole at the Old Course will bring you to your knees. Long and with challenges, the dogleg right wraps around a pond. When we were ready to tee up, the wind began to howl. We lost Chris, who had a conflicting appointment, so it was David, Drew and myself. We let our caddie,Tom, take a drive just for the fun of it. Drew had the best shot, following the Trump and Fazio playbook with a drive toward the far left fairway bunker. From here, David and I tried to clip the water’s edge, taking the Fazio risk/reward option — with no reward, just wet and lost. Drew slammed a ball, favoring the left side and rolling up very close to the green. A chip and a putt and we were slapping each other on the back on the way to the reception.

I met some nice people from all walks of life at the cocktail reception and dinner. The event offered them an opportunity to play a private course for very little investment and to bring a foursome of their own. High marks go to the staff at Trump Bedminster and to Chase Inside Access for stepping up its game and setting itself apart. I will be taking more of these opportunities when they come across my email.

Trump National Golf Club Bedminster

900 Lamington Road
Bedminster, NJ 07921
tel 908 470 4400
trumpnationalbedminster.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Jul 2, 2020

Best Western Opens New Boutique Hotel Concept

Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.

The Perfect Fit

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.

Embark on a Fall Foliage Road Trip Through New York, Vermont and More

THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN in America offers a time to savor the last precious moments of summer against the countryside’s mosaic of reds, yellows, oranges and purples. Before long, the chill of winter will enter the air and the trees will grow barren. This is not news to most of us. Indeed, leaf peeping has become ubiquitous. Most states have 24-hour toll-free hotlines to keep you informed of nature’s progress ... and then there’s the traffic. It seems the entire population of New York City and Boston climbs behind the wheels of cars on congested New England roadways. Thus we’ve tried to avoid the mainstream routes so you can truly appreciate the kaleidoscopic splendor. After all, a fall foliage road trip provides more than a mere drive. It also incorporates picking apples, tasting cider and hot doughnuts and leaving your vehicle behind to take a much-needed scenic walk to a lonely waterfall, where autumn’s colors reflect off the water.

eFlyer Reviews
Jul 1, 2020

The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market Review

My husband and I enjoyed an impromptu Saturday dinner at The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the restaurant specializes in seasonal farm-to-table dining. There is a second location in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Five Things You Need to Know About Punta Cana’s New Finest Resort

Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.

eFlyer News
Jul 1, 2020

Lithuania Rolls Out Pink Carpet for Travelers

Travelers arriving at Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania will find themselves walking along a trail of pink spots on the floor — dubbed “cold pink” by the country as it matches the distinct color of the country’s national šaltibarščiai soup. The trail ends at a 10-foot replica of the famed dish.

June 2020
Jul 1, 2020

2020 Leisure Lifestyle Award Winners

THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.

Athens: A city that charms its guests and stirs their emotions

The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.

Daily
Jul 1, 2020

Black-Owned Hotels to Book for Your Next Trip

While planning your #ComeBacktoTravel vacation, consider straying from chain hotels and book one of these or other Black-owned hotels in the country.