Although golf is a notoriously quiet sport, Donald Trump recently turned up the volume after he made racially insensitive remarks about Mexican immigrants during the speech in which he revealed his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. While golf and politics appear to reside at separate ends of the spectrum, Trump managed to combine the two.
Over the past few years, Mr. Trump has acquired a number of previously failed properties with beautiful golf courses. As the current owner of 17 immaculate golf clubs, it’s no surprise that the U.S.G.A., P.G.A. Tour, L.P.G.A. Tour and the P.G.A. of America signed multi-year deals with Trump in order to secure these spaces.
In spite of this relationship to Trump, the top US golf organizations all released statements disagreeing with what Trump has said. However, these statements do not explain how this debacle will affect their contracts with the mogul’s properties.
These inked contracts suggest a continued partnership with Trump and his golf clubs in years to come in spite of this current controversy, and any immediate decisions that change the location of these events this year.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, 4 major golf championships are slated to take place at Trump’s courses by 2022. Additionally, the P.G.A. of America agreed to move the Grand Slam of Golf from it perennial home in Bermuda to Trump’s course based in L.A. This multi-year deal finalized last year is in effect until 2018.
Trump and these major golf organizations reached these contractual agreements long before Trump made these comments publicly. Subsequent to this backlash, Trump has claimed that he doesn’t want the golf organizations that he has partnered with to suffer any fallout from his own comments. But only time will tell whether or not this sentiment will also be reflected in amended contracts.