Donald and Eric Trump already own 14 golf courses worldwide, with locations across the United States and in Scotland and Puerto Rico, but they don’t have one in Albemarle County, yet. Three years after paying $6.2 million for the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard, the Trumps bought the 217-acre lawn in front of Patricia Kluge’s mansion at auction for $6.5 million, and recently announced a plan to convert the property into an 18-hole public golf course. The statewide conservation nonprofit that holds an easement on the property has other ideas.
Patricia Kluge, as a trustee of the John Kluge Jr. Trust, signed onto an easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) in 2006, which states that it encourages preservation of natural, scenic, historic, open-space, and recreational land in Virginia.
A memo from VOF stewardship specialist Tracy Hibbitts said golf courses don’t fit the bill.