Trump National Golf Club

Project Planner: So Kim, Deputy Director/Planning Manager
Contact Information: / (310) 544-5222

Special Use Permit - 11th Annual Wine & Beer Festival

On July 2, 2019, the Director of Community Development approved, with conditions, a Special Use Permit to allow the 11th Annual Beer and Wine Festival at Founder’s Park and portions of the Trump National Golf Club on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from noon and 4PM. The appeal period ended without an appeal and the Director's decision is final.

Click here to view the Notice of Decision and Staff Report

Click here to view the Trails Closure Map

Special Use Permit - Temporary Shipping Container

On June 5, 2019, the Director approved a Special Use Permit application for the temporarily placement of a shipping container (9’w x 30’l x 8.5’h) to be used as a custom golf club fitting office at the east end of the driving range for a period of 1-year, from September 23, 2019 to September 23, 2020. The office will operate during the permitted hours of the driving range (daylight hours, from dawn to dusk). 

The City’s appeal period ended without an appeal on June 10th, after which the Coastal Commission began their 10-day appeal. A resident appealed the City’s decision to the Coastal Commission and an appeal hearing will be scheduled.

Click here to view the Appeal to the Coastal Commission

Click here to view the Notice of Decision and Staff Report


  1. 9/18/2018 Development Agreement
  2. 9/4/2018 Vesting Tract Map No. 50666
  3. 8/21/2018 Public Hearing
  4. 8/14/2018 Public Hearing
  5. Conditions of Approval

September 18, 2018 City Council Meeting

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 609, approving an amended and restated Development Agreement between the Applicant and the City to clarify and consolidate, under one agreement, all of the previously approved changes and conditions to the development of the Trump National Golf Course project and to extend the term of the Development Agreement. 

Bridge and Portions of Catalina Trail Re-Opened to the Public

The City Geologist has observed cracks on the seaward side of the pedestrian bridge at the end of La Rotonda Canyon along the Catalina Trail.  In response, the bridge and portions of the Catalina Trail were temporarily closed as a precautionary measure while the bridge was being evaluated by the Trump organization.  Geotechnical and structural evaluations were completed with conclusions that while further erosion has occurred, the condition of the bridge has not changed since the last inspection in November 2015.  As a result, the bridge and portions of the Catalina trail will be re-opened to the public.  Additionally, as recommended by the geotechnical and structural consultants, the City will require periodic reexamination of the canyon and the bridge following earthquakes, floods, and landslides.    
Click here to view the structural evaluation report prepared on June 14, 2016
Click here for the geotechnical report prepared on May 30, 2016

Coastal Permit - Flag Pole

On February 16, 2016, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2016-08, thereby approving the existing 70' tall flag pole on the property.  No appeals were filed to the Coastal Commission.  On May 11, 2016, a building permit was finaled for the flag pole.   

  • City Council Resolution No. 2016-08, approving Amendment No. 2 to Revision "BB" (Conditional Use Permit No. 163 and Variance) and Coastal Development Permit for an existing 70' tall flag pole.
  • February 16, 2016 Staff Report and attachments (scroll down to Public Hearing Item No. 3)
  • California Coastal Commission Staff Report, approving an amendment to the City's LCP, allowing flag poles exceeding 16' in height up to 70' under specific parameters.  
  • City Council Resolution No. 2014-73 (PDF), adopting a Negative Declaration, making certain environmental findings related to adopting a text amendment to the end of the current Visual Corridor Section (Page C-12 of LCP) of the Corridor's Element in the Local Coastal Specific Plan (LCP), to allow flag poles up to 70' in height that meets specific parameters in the City's Coastal Zone. 

Waterfall Removal Project

On February 6, 2015, the City approved a Grading Permit, allowing the removal of three separate waterfalls located at hole nos. 1 and 17 and lot 38 of tract 50667 (east of hole 4) with 19,487 cubic yards of grading. The waterfall areas will be filled to pre-waterfall conditions and contoured to match the surrounding contours. A building permit was issued on April 29, 2015.
Click here to view the
Notice of Decision and Staff Report (PDF) 

General Background

The Trump National Golf Course development consists of an 18-hole public golf course, clubhouse, driving range, maintenance facility, 4 affordable housing units, 57 single family residential lots, public parklands, pedestrian and bicycle trails, and native habitat preserves. The subject property is approximately 261 acres in size and is located between Palos Verdes Drive South and the Pacific Ocean, and between the Portuguese Bend Beach Club on the west and the city’s Shoreline Park property on the east. The main entrance to the site is at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive South and Forrestal Drive / Ocean Trails Drive.
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A portion of the project suffered a landslide on June 2, 1999 that destroyed a major portion of the 18th golf hole. The developer obtained approval from the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the California Coastal Commission for a landslide repair plan. Repair of the landslide, which included re-building the 18th hole, was completed in late 2005.

The development was purchased by Donald Trump Properties in October 2002. On May 20, 2003, the city Council approved the relocation of some golf course tees, the addition of water features, as well as improvements to the clubhouse, including the addition of a day spa and more restaurant space. Furthermore, in June 2005, the city Council approved the construction of a driving range to replace 16 of the approved residential lots on the west side of the project. While the Clubhouse, with its restaurants, pro shop and banquet facilities has been open since 1999, on January 17, 2006, the City Council approved the opening of the full 18-hole golf course to the public for the first time.

In addition to the golf course, building pads have been graded to accommodate 57 residences on both ends of the project site. Of these 57 residential lots, 36 have been approved for sale through Final Map No. 50667 on the east end of the project. Currently, Trump National has constructed or is in the process of constructing homes on some of these lots. The remaining 21 residential lots on the west end of the project are not available for sale or development at this time since the Vesting Tentative Tract Map (50666) covering these lots has not been finalized.

In July 2005, Founders Park, a city park located below the Clubhouse that overlooks the ocean, was dedicated by city Officials. The city park, along with all the public trails and public parking lots are open to the public between 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset. The park and trails can be accessed from La Rotonda Drive and from Ocean Trails Drive.

The city's project planner overseeing the Trump National project is Senior Planner, So Kim. She may be contacted at 310-544-5228 or via email. Trump National may be contacted at 310-265-5525.

Existing Documents

Habitat Conservation Plan