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Posted: Tuesday, May. 22, 2012

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Lake Norman Magazine Editor Sam Boykin

Sam Boykin has been covering the Lake Norman area for the past seven years, as a freelance writer and now as editor of Lake Norman Magazine. He's lived in Mooresville since 2007. Reach him at LNMag@lakenormanmagazine.com.

I think it’s pretty safe to say Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. Some really respect his drive and business savvy and admire his many accomplishments – the guy’s net worth is nearly $3 billion, after all. Others see him as just an obnoxious blowhard with an oversized ego and bad hair.

Regardless of public opinion, one certainty is that Trump and his organization own and operate some of the world’s finest golf club resorts, with over a dozen locations, including Scotland, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, West Palm Beach and Washington, D.C.

You can now add Mooresville to this impressive list, with The Trump Organization’s recent $3 million purchase of The Point Lake and Golf Club, now known as Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte.

The “Charlotte” part of the moniker kind of rubs me the wrong way, seeing as how the club is about 20 miles north of the Charlotte city limits. But I’m just being picky. The truth is, even though some club members have expressed concern that Trump might increase fees and foster a stuffy atmosphere, the deal certainly seems to bode well for the club. Trump has promised millions in upgrades, and not just on the golf course, but also at the clubhouse, restaurants and tennis facilities. Overseeing many of these improvements will be Eric Trump, Donald’s son, who graces our cover and discusses some of the changes they have in the works on page 28.

The Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte piece is one of several golf-related stories we have in this issue. Elsewhere look for a travel story about some of North Carolina’s best courses, as well as a piece on the unwritten rules of golf.

You’ll also find our revamped Verve section in this issue, full of cool gear, gifts and gadgets you can enjoy this summer. On page 30 look for another entry in our occasional series about some of Lake Norman’s most unforgettable personalities. This one is about Donnie Oehler, the 70-year-old legend behind Oehler’s Mallard Creek Barbeque who’s had a house on the shores of Lake Norman since the early 1960s. Oh, and he also likes to ski while standing on his head.

As always, I hope you enjoy this issue, and if you have any questions or concerns please let me know. With summer finally here, things are really getting cranked up on Lake Norman, and we have some great stories coming up highlighting the area’s most popular destinations – as well as some hidden gems – for families, rowdy partygoers and everyone in between. Stay tuned.

Sam Boykin



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