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BLUE MONSTER GOLF COURSE 

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Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course

The Trump National Doral Miami property and all 4 courses undergone extensive renovations. The Former White Course( Greg Norman) is now closed. The Blue Monster has undergone extensive renovations and improvements and is now tougher, significantly longer, and more dramatic than ever before. Restored to its past grandeur in mid-2014 thanks to the vision of Doral's owner Donald J. Trump who acquired the hottest golf course architect, Gil Hanse, to meticulously resculpt every hole. Hanse and his design associate Jim Wagner returned the Blue Monster to the outstanding shot values envisioned by original architect Dick Wilson. The truest test of golf for PGA TOUR players for over 50 years, the Blue Monster remains an exhilarating experience for resort guests and club members who relish a strong challenge. 

Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course
Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course

The Red Tiger ( formerly the Red Course) may have undergone the most dramatic change of any of the course renovations at Trump National Doral. Due to the talents of the Gil Hanse design team, the Red is an exciting challenge for the average golfer but also a surprising test for the more expert player. Set on just 120 acres, its primary design resembles a New England style course but the different varieties of palm trees throughout give it its distinctive South Florida personality. The Silver Fox ( formerly the Jim McClean Course) is now connected to the resort property by wooden bridge – so golfers now can drive their cart rather than taking a shuttle to the clubhouse. The sensational Silver Fox course is one of the most demanding tests of golf in the country. Water comes into play on 16 of 18 holes, and it's striking, marble-white sand bunkers dictate that only well-struck drives and approaches are rewarded. The Silver Fox features three of the longest consecutive holes to begin a nine in all of Florida and is home to the Bermuda Triangle, nickname for holes 6, 7 and 8 because so many balls go missing. Draped in a wall-to-wall carpet of Celebration Bermuda grass, the course is both beautiful to look at and visually intimidating. The Golden Palm (formerly the Gold Course) was resurrected by Gil Hanse's team with similar design elements as the famous Blue Monster. The Gold's heavily contoured greens, firm and fast, will require a smooth putting stroke and soft touch. However, this true links style course with wide-open vistas will be home to unique-style bunkers with tight cut, clean-edges running along sprawling fairway lines.

The Trump National Doral Miami is a prestigious 800-acre resort that boasts a completely re-designed clubhouse, new Deluxe and Suite accommodations, luxurious event spaces, new restaurant concepts, redesigned championship golf courses, plus all new re-imagined recreational amenities and retail shops for guests and members to enjoy. Doral is once again one of the greatest resort destinations in the world. The 48,000 sq. ft. Spa at Trump National Doral Miami boasts 33 treatment rooms and over 100 signature spa services and treatments available daily for men, women and couples. There are two Fitness Studios for group classes plus fitness center/weight room featuring Technogym Equipment. Other resort amenities and features include an indoor saltwater pool, outdoor lap pool, steam rooms and saunas, hot and cold whirlpools and an indoor Running Track. Upscale and casual dining options are available on property. Practice facilities ar comprehensive with putting greens, driving range and short game area. The Jum McClean Golf School and Taylor Made performance Lab are on property.

Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course
Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course

The course is aptly named, because of the treacherous water hazards and deep Bermuda rough - that literally eats balls. Keeping the ball in the fairway is of utmost importance - anything landing past the initial cut creates difficult up and downs. The rough presents a great spectrum of lies - from those of the fluffy variety (that require a flatter swing plane - as if hitting off a tee), to those completely buried (and difficult to find). It definitely takes some getting used to. Generally, the wild Bermuda will grab the club face and create pulls or flatly hit shots. Land on the fairway, and scoring well becomes infinitely easier. Accurate approaches are most often rewarded with good putting opportunities on high quality, true rolling greens. There are only 8 holes with water hazards in play, and all 8 require accurate iron shots, and are even more difficult if the wind is up. A total of 95 sand bunkers require attention as they are placed in strategic locations along the fairways and green side. This course is the current and future home to the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship each March.

Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course
Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course

The Blue Monster has five sets of tees, measuring 7520 from the tips. Remaining tees measure 7019, 6698, 6334 and 5463 years. The new tees have not been rated yet – that information is forthcoming.. Hole locations are indicated on daily pin placement cards, with rotating front, middle and back pin placements. The course utilizes the Kirby marking system, with yardage plates on the fairways every 25 yards between 75 and 200 yards out (250 on par fives). Sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green, and the markings on the cart paths at 100/150/200 are a much appreciated feature.

Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course
Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course

The first tee is located just in front of the gorgeous and expansive clubhouse and terrace which is an ideal spot for a quick breakfast or lunch. The layout is well balanced with 2 par fives and 2 par threes on each nine, which are fairly even in total yardage. With the exception of the strategic and enticing 360 yard 16th, all the par fours are 419 plus yards from the tops. From the white tees, it is a completely different experience, and quite playable for novices and resort golfers. The 473 yard par four eighteenth hole is one of the most interesting and challenging finishing holes on the PGA Tour.

Trump National Doral Miami - Blue Monster Course

You will have to look long and hard to find a resort featuring 4 top courses and facilities of this magnitude - with golf right outside your door. Park your car and enjoy golf, food and the resort features, without having to venture out. But remember that restaurants, shopping, beaches and clubs at South Beach are a short drive away! Doral is also just a short drive from Miami International Airport.

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