The Hilarious Tale Behind Trump National’s Landscape Architect

October 20, 2016

A snippet in this week’s New Yorker revealed something unexpected — and kind of hilarious — about the landscape architecture at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The magazine interviewed Andy Sick, who worked at Trump’s storied golf club as an assistant on the grounds one summer before going to law school. Sick said that when the superintedent of the golf course was fired, he was not immediately replaced. Sick, who was 24 at the time and is now 36, took his place when one of the course architects, Tom Fazio Jr., saw him planting flowers.

“He asked me if I was the landscape architect,” Sick said. “I told him yeah. My only gardening experience was mowing my parents’ lawn.”

Sick set to work, Googling ideas and basing his planting decisions on photos he’d looked up of Versailles.

“I knew Trump liked ostentatious stuff, so the gardens of Versailles were a perfect fit,” he said.

No one ever realized that Sick wasn’t actually qualified for the job, and not only did he request and receive a raise — from $7.50 an hour to $100 an hour — his work was also praised by Trump himself. Trump gave Sick an unlimited budget, and Sick spent more than $200,000. He worked there the rest of the summer until he had to quit to go to law school at Syracuse.

Trump Bedminster is also the site that Trump has previously chosen for his future grave; he must have been quite taken with the grounds.