Former President Donald Trump’s golf courses will be host to three of LIV Golf’s 2023 tournaments.
- Three of Trump’s golf courses will be used in LIV Golf’s first official season.
- The inaugural season will feature 14 events in seven countries at top-rated courses. The tour will return to five venues that hosted previous LIV events, including some Trump-owned properties.
- Trump National Golf Course in Washington, D.C. will host LIV May 26 to May 28, Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey will host August 11 to August 13, and Trump National Doral will host October 20 to October 22, according to the LIV website.
Why it’s news
The controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf league will be launching its first official season this year with stops at three of former President Donald Trump’s golf courses.
Events will be held at the Trump National Golf Course in Washington, D.C., Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, and Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida.
The tournaments will be festival-style, three-day events that feature shotgun starts, individual and team competitions, live music, and fan activities for all ages, according to the LIV website.
Trump hosted two of LIV Golf’s events in 2022, saying that the new golf league “has been a great thing” for Saudi Arabia’s “image.”
Other LIV news
Considering the league’s controversial ties with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its rigorous competition with the well-established PGA Tour, LIV had a hard time securing a broadcast deal.
The league reached a multiyear deal to broadcast all events on the CW Network owned by Nexstar Media Group. The first event, in Mexico, is scheduled to broadcast on CW from February 24 to February 26.
CBS, NBC, and ESPN already had deals with the PGA Tour, leading them to turn down any partnerships with LIV. The new league attempted to score deals with Amazon and Apple, but was turned down before getting the CW deal.
The official details of the contract have not been released, but LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman says it “will provide accessibility for our fans and maximum exposure for our athletes and partners.”