The post-DeLorean DMC-12 car made famous by the “Back to the Future” franchise may seem out of place, but it’s actually right at home. DeLorean has a unique relationship with the course hosting the series led by Greg Norman and funded by Saudi Arabia, given that the property was home to the gig of the same name.
Before he became President of the United States, Donald Trump purchased the former 500-acre property of automaker John Z. DeLorean in 2002, which at the time was a golf course project on the verge of collapse. Trump kept the same plans for the golf course and was just the money man to get the project back on his feet, paying $35 million for the property.
“These people had a great vision but they didn’t have enough funding,” he said at the time.
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DeLorean and his ex-wife, model and actress Cristina Ferrar, bought the property in 1981, just as the former genius General Motors was launching the manufacturing of his signature stainless-steel sports car with gull-wing doors.
As history now knows, the DeLorean Motor Company failed, and DeLorean was accused of smuggling cocaine in an attempt to raise money for his motor company.
Although DeLorean was eventually acquitted, the ordeal cost him his marriage and financial stability. For years before bankruptcy, creditors struggled to avoid foreclosures on the estate.
According to NJ.com, the DeLorean mansion has been renovated into a club, with the garage as a golf shop. There’s a helipad off the 15th fairway, a swimming pool, guest cottages—not to mention Trump’s private residence—plus a handful of goats for tax purposes.
The 36-hole golf club was designed by Tom Fazio and Tom Fazio II and opened in 2004. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and Jared Kushner were married here in 2009. The property was approved in 2015 to also have a plot of land for a family cemetery, and Trump’s wife The former, Ivana, was buried there after her recent death.