Trump’s Bronx golf course closes, lays off 49 employees

Move joins long list of Covid-19 related layoffs in New York

Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point and Donald Trump (Credit: Trump Ferry Point; Getty Images)
Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point and Donald Trump (Credit: Trump Ferry Point; Getty Images)

The Trump Organization’s taxpayer-funded golf course in the Ferry Point Park section of the Bronx has closed and laid off 49 employees because of the coronavirus.

The layoffs at Trump Golf Links took place on Mar. 21, according to a notice made public Friday by the state Department of Labor. The notice does not specify the total number of employees at the venue, although it was reported in 2017 to have hired about 400 workers. The course’s website said the facility is “temporarily closed.”

Representatives for the golf course did not respond to a request for comment.

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The move joins a long list of temporary layoffs due to “Unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by Covid-19” in New York state, as non-essential businesses have been shut down amid the epidemic.

The 18-hole, $236 million golf course opened in 2015. The city had initially set aside $20 million to build the course, but the costs skyrocketed to $100 million by 2010 and the developer dropped out of the project. Trump then swooped in and won the right to operate the course for 20 years.

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