While most of us will probably never attend an extravagant event at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, we still wonder what an evening at the Palm Beach, Florida, golf club would cost. The answer, of course, depends on whether you’re a club member. But it’s safe to say partying at such a posh resort doesn’t come cheap. Find out more about Mar-a-lago — and see whether you can afford membership (page 4).
The history of Mar-a-Lago
Trump was not the original owner of the Mar-a-Lago estate. It was built in the 1920s by Marjorie Merriweather Post, a businesswoman and philanthropist. Post and her husband already had a large mansion to live in, but she wanted something bigger to suit her entertaining needs. Despite her extravagant tastes, Post wasn’t looked down on for her money — in fact, she never hesitated to help others, and many called her the most generous woman they had ever known.
After Post’s death in 1973, the cost of the upkeep of Mar-a-Lago became too much to handle for the Federal Government (to which Post had willed it). Donald Trump offered the Post family $25 million for it (according to him), but they rejected him. Trump then purchased the property between Mar-a-Lago and the ocean, threatening to build a house there that would block their views. He eventually bought Mar-a-Lago in 1985 for a mere $8 million, which got him the property along with its impressive furnishings and antiques.
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