When you become CEO of a multi-national corporation, you get access to some of the finer things in life. Whether it’s private jet access, a $2 million mansion, or a vintage 1950 Cabernet, one thing many CEO’s enjoy is access to some of the best golf courses around the world. CNN Money has a slideshow with six top CEO’s and which golf courses they enjoy the most. It’s no surprise that a few of them are the best-of-the-best, and one which is kindof a surprise.
Mark King, CEO of Taylor Made Golf– Mr. King enjoys Pebble Beach. As CEO of one of the leading golf equipment companies in the world he can probably play any course in the world anytime he wants. But there are not too many courses in the world that top Pebble Beach, and with the Taylor Made corporate headquarters just a short flight up the California coast my favorite would be Pebble Beach as well.
William Lauder, CEO of Estee Lauder– The heir to the famous cosmetics company, Mr. Lauder enjoys playing Bandon Dunes in Oregon. This course is on my list as well as top courses I need to play, but I don’t have access to get away whenever I please like this CEO does, but one day I will be able to get up there and enjoy it.
John Lundgren, CEO of Stanley Black & Decker– Lundgren is consistently ranked as one of the best CEO golfers, and he enjoys playing Royal Durnoch in Scotland. Located in Northern Ireland I am sure this course is beautiful to play.
Jim Gillespie, CEO of Coldwell Banker– Mr. Gillespie says he is not a huge golfer, but does enjoy getting out and playing the Orange Course in Savoy, Illinois. This course is home to the University of Illinois golf team and is your traditional tree lined, old-fashioned type course.
William Klesse, CEO of Valero Energy– TPC San Antonio is at the top of the list for Mr. Klesse, and for good reason. This course is located here in my hometown and has received top reviews from many golf critics, as well as the PGA players who will be playing the Valero Texas Open here in a couple weeks. Pete Dye and Greg Norman are the designers of both the courses at TPC San Antonio and being located right on the edge of the Texas Hill Country makes this course a beauty.
Donald Trump, CEO of Trump International– It’s no surprise The Donald likes to play golf. He has been publicly expanding his golf empire. His favorite is Trump National in Westchester, NY. He will tell you his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester is the best golf course in the world, then he will turn around and tell you his Trump National in California is the best in the world. They he will tell you his Trump International in Florida is the best in the world, and so-on and so-on. Either way, Trump builds great golf courses and until he gets a major at one of his courses, they won’t be world class.
So there you go, six CEO’s with tons of money and access to the best courses in the world. I am happy for them, now I am going to play the muni down the street for $26.