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Trump trumpets Mooresville project

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T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
Donald Trump visited Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville Friday. He liked what he saw.

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    North Carolina’s business climate: “For me, it’s been really good. Trump National has been real successful. I can only speak in terms of what I’ve done, but it’s been a fantastic experience.”

    A 2016 political run: “It’s too early to think about. The country is not doing well. It’s a country that’s being ripped by everybody, and I hate to see it. But it’s too early to think in terms of that. I am helping a lot of people toward 2014.”

    The Republican-controlled state government: “I’m hearing they are doing a very good job. The word outside of the state is they’re doing a very, very good job. The Republicans should be very proud of their representatives in North Carolina.”

    The economy: “I think the economy is doing very poorly nationally. You’re talking about a 15 or 16 percent unemployment rate, not 7.4 percent, because people that quit looking for jobs, you know what happens, they take them off the rolls. It’s not reflective of how bad things are. Obamacare is really, really hurting businesses. No, I think the economy is not doing well.” Andrew Dunn



A year and a half ago, larger-than-life developer Donald Trump divided the community at The Point Lake and Golf Club. But his $3 million purchase of the luxury golf club near Mooresville went through, and The Donald himself came by on Wednesday to declare his project a success.

The course at the Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte – as it is now called – had been closed for the last three months as millions of dollars have been poured into renovating it to relaunch as a decidedly Trump creation.

Even the bottled water at the course bears the Donald’s image, and the name “Trump Ice.”

A lengthened course and new driving range, greens, fairways and sand traps were a start. The club also has a new ballroom, which has already been busy with weddings and other events.

“It’s basically a whole new everything,” Trump told the Observer on Friday. The real estate magnate came to the luxury golf club near Mooresville to celebrate the grand reopening and play a round of golf with Greg Norman.

Memberships in the club are “practically sold out,” he said, and he’s become fast friends with some of the golfers on his half-dozen or so visits so far.

Trump bought The Point Lake and Golf Club in April 2012, after several years of discussions with the former owner, Crescent Communities, and a factious neighborhood debate that left the club “in turmoil,” as Trump put it Friday.

Crescent transferred ownership of the club to its members in 2011, as had been envisioned from the community’s inception. A sizable portion of the members wanted to keep control of the club, fearful of what a mega-personality like Trump could have in store for the course.

In the end, though, nearly three-quarters of member votes were cast in favor of selling to the real estate titan.

So does Trump looking at future investments in North Carolina?

“In real estate, you do things nice and slow,” he said. “North Carolina’s a place I really like.”

Dunn: 704-358-5235; Twitter: @andrew_dunn
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