Trump golf club agrees to pay a $400,000 penalty after breaking the terms of their liquor license


Donald Trump’s golf club in Colts Neck will pay $400,000 fine to avoid losing liquor licenses at ALL his New Jersey courses after serving guest who drove drunk and killed his father in crash

  • Andrew Halder, now 41, was visibly intoxicated at Trump’s Colts Neck course
  • In August 2015 he was served more alcohol at the club, despite being drunk
  • The course also served drinks stronger than beer from carts on the course
  • Halder drove from the course and flipped his car, killing his father Gary
  • In October 2019 the state of New Jersey sought to remove the liquor license
  • On Wednesday a $400,000 settlement was agreed to maintain the license 

One of Donald Trump‘s three golf courses in New Jersey has agreed to pay a $400,000 fine for breaking the terms of their liquor license and serving a customer, who later crashed his car and killed his father.

Andrew Halder, now 41, had been drinking at the Colts Neck course on August 30, 2015, before getting behind the wheel of his car and flipping it, killing his father, Gary.

Halder was already drunk when the Trump staff served him alcohol, and he was given drinks other than beer from a cart on the course. 

Halder later pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to three years of probation. 

Gary Halder was killed when his son Andrew was behind the wheel drunk after spending time at the Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, NJ

Andrew Halder was charged with vehicular homicide for the 2015 crash that killed his father after spending time at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, NJ

Donald Trump's golf course in Colts Neck, New Jersey, on Wednesday agreed to pay a $400,000 fine after a customer in August 2015 was served alcohol while visibly drunk, then crashed his car and killed his father

Donald Trump’s golf course in Colts Neck, New Jersey, on Wednesday agreed to pay a $400,000 fine after a customer in August 2015 was served alcohol while visibly drunk, then crashed his car and killed his father

In October 2019 the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control brought charges against the Trump course, and threatened to take away their liquor licenses entirely, across all three courses in the state.

In addition to Colts Neck – which Trump bought in August 2008 for $28 million, using a $18 million loan from the Amboy Bank – the former president owns a course at Pine Hill, and one in Bedminster, where he is currently living.

He owns 17 golf courses in total. 

Wednesday’s settlement allows Trump’s clubs to keep their licenses. 

Colts Neck club will pay the $400,000 penalty, which is equivalent to 6.5 per cent of its total revenue in 2020, according to Trump’s presidential disclosure filings obtained by The Washington Post

It will also lose its right to sell alcohol from carts on the course until December 31, settlement papers said.

Donald Trump, seen at his Bedminster, NJ, golf course on Wednesday, has avoided losing the liquor license at all three of his New Jersey golf courses

Donald Trump, seen at his Bedminster, NJ, golf course on Wednesday, has avoided losing the liquor license at all three of his New Jersey golf courses

Trump bought the Colts Neck course in 2008 for $28 million

Trump bought the Colts Neck course in 2008 for $28 million

The state attorney general initially wanted to end liquor sales at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, NJ after a 2015 deadly crash

The state attorney general initially wanted to end liquor sales at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, NJ after a 2015 deadly crash

Lisa Coryell, a spokeswoman for New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, said the penalty ‘is in line with other settlements involving service of alcohol to intoxicated patrons.’

She said that ‘to the best of our knowledge,’ this was the first case in the 80-plus-year history of New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage authority ‘involving a golf club charged with serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron who later caused a fatal motor vehicle crash.’ 

The Trump Organization has not commented. 

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