As the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump will continue to get more media scrutiny, and an exclusive report Thursday by Variety revealed a major inconsistency regarding a claim he made about one of his golf courses.
In 2006, he said that the Trump National Golf Club, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, cost $264 million to build, which would make it the world's most expensive golf course of all time.
But Variety reported that two years after the club opened, "Trump's representatives told the L.A. County Assessor that it was actually worth just $10 million."
"That appraisal -- never before reported -- illustrates the wide gulf between Trump's public claims and private realities," the story by Variety senior media writer Gene Maddaus continued. "As he campaigns for president, Trump has touted the course as 'one of the great pieces of land in the world.' And yet records submitted to the assessor showed that the course was suffering from declining revenues and struggling to attract golfers."
Trump's claim about the staggering cost, according to Variety, was crucial to the eventual marketing of the course to stars such as Michael Douglas, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, among others.
Needless to say, not a good look for the presidential hopeful with less than five months until Election Day, although previous inconsistencies weren't enough to derail his run through the primaries. Check out more details about this golf course flap at Variety.com.
Trump has also been involved in a controversy regarding a golf course in Scotland, a saga documented by HBO Real Sports: