Environment & Science

Trump agrees not to develop scenic golf range in LA County

Trump representatives say the announcement involves the 18-hole oceanfront golf resort and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Trump representatives say the announcement involves the 18-hole oceanfront golf resort and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
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Donald Trump says he's abandoning plans to build luxury homes on the driving range of his 18-hole seaside golf course in Los Angeles County.

The real estate mogul on Thursday announced he's granting a conservation easement to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Trump says residents over the years have urged him to keep the 11-acre driving range overlooking the Pacific undeveloped.

The land at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles will continue to be used as a driving range, but the deal prohibits development. There were previous plans to build 16 homes on the range.

Trump bought the course in 2002. It was formerly known as Ocean Trails Golf Club, and went into bankruptcy after a landslide sent most of its 18th hole into the ocean in 1999.

This story has been updated.