Golfweek Exclusive: Can Donald Trump make golf great again?

Golfweek Exclusive: Can Donald Trump make golf great again?

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Golfweek Exclusive: Can Donald Trump make golf great again?

Donald Trump’s unbridled style produced an unlikely presidency, which might be the best thing to ever happen to the golf industry.

The president-elect’s impact on the game is examined in full in the January 2017 issue of Golfweek magazine.

Golfweek senior writers Martin Kaufmann and Bradley S. Klein ask the simple yet complex question: Can Donald Trump make golf great again?

Among the specific areas where Trump and his family would have the greatest impact are:

Wages

A Department of Labor regulation, currently under court challenge, would inflate employer costs, if not reversed.

Taxes

There are three bread-and-butter issues: lower marginal tax rates would create more disposable income, the industry’s lifeblood; faster depreciation rates would spur much-needed renovations to courses and facilities; and disaster-relief aid is a big issue, particularly in coastal areas.

Water

A new EPA regulation expanding federal jurisdiction over bodies of water, including on golf courses, almost certainly will be eliminated.

Immigration

The industry would like more, and more timely, H-2B visas for temporary workers.

General tenor

Golf has been an easy punching bag for opportunistic politicians, and that has had real-world implications (e.g., sharp cutbacks in corporate golf). The game could use some unabashed advocates in Washington.

Golfweek sat down with Eric Trump, who will be running the family’s golf interests, to get his thoughts on how golf will be affected by his father’s administration.

Meet Eric Trump

For the full story on Trump’s impact on the game, a look at Tiger Woods heading into 2017, the Top 40 Influencers in golf and for all the best coverage in the game, subscribe to Golfweek today.

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