Did anyone really expect that Donald Trump was going to spend eternity buried in a ordinary, run of the mill, non-exclusive cemetery with the rest of us? Think again.
It turns out The Donald has big plans for the golf course at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. According to reports, the real estate mogul has applied to The Bedminster Township Committee to build two cemeteries on the grounds. The smaller will span .28 acres and will hold 82 plots, the larger will spread 942 plots across 2.65 acres, and both are meant to act as the final resting places for members of the Trump family and other lifelong members of the country club, who pay a reported $300,000 in fees.
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As the owner of 13 high-priced golf courses around the world (including one in Puerto Rico, one in Scotland, and others strewn across the U.S.), Trump hardly ever thinks small when it comes to his luxury links. In fact, he famously fought with residents of Aberdeenshire as he was building Trump International Golf Link in Scotland, but is nevertheless proceeding with plans for a second course in that location. Likewise, though his original plans for an mausoleum at the first hole of the Bedminster's course were denied because it was "gaudy and out of step with the town's rural character," that didn't stop Trump from coming back with an even bigger proposal.
Then again, Trump is going to have to think a little harder if he wants to beat these other crazy celebrity resting places. Three people from the "Star Trek" series (creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife and actress Majel Barrett, and "Scotty" actor James Doohan) have each chosen to have their remains blasted into orbit. Breakfast icon Jimmy Dean lays in a $350,000 piano-shaped mausoleum. And writer Hunter S. Thompson had his ashes shot out of a cannon, while Tupac's were allegedly mixed in with marijuana and smoked by his friends.
Because celebrities work so hard to make their lives as legendary as possible, it makes sense that they would want to have an equally remarkable exit, too. And since some celebrity grave sites become global tourist attractions (such as Jim Morrison's in Paris, to Frank Sinatra in New Jersey, to Princess Diana's in England, and even Elvis Presley's grave at his Graceland mansion, which draws 600,000 tourists a year), there might be some good business sense in Trump's plan on having a famous grave on the golf course.
Trump might be excited about being buried at his most beloved country club among his family and friends, but if his plans go through, it might be rough for future Trump Club members. Hauntings must be awful damaging to a golf handicap.