Donald Trump helicoptered in and helicoptered out, and in between, played golf at his newly re-designed Blue Monster at Doral. And no…he didn’t have to pay! Mr. Trump indicated that the course will be ready for the WGC-Cadillac Championship which will tee off in March, but some of the support facilities may not. The Miami Herald filed this report this morning.
Changes at the infamous South Florida golf course were done by Course Designer, Gil Hanse. Mr. Hanse has been the lead architect on the 2016 Olympic venue in Brazil.
The course appears to be slightly tougher than the old Blue Monster. Holes 8, 9 and 10 have changed dramatically, becoming considerably more difficult. Hole No. 1, previously considered almost a sure birdie for the pros, also has been lengthened to toughen it up.
Hole No. 15, a par-3, now has a peninsular green and errant shots will be getting a bath.
Hole No. 18, a 473-yard, par-4, long considered the Blue Monster’s signature hole, has not been changed much at all, except for the drop-off into the water on the left being a little steeper.
“When we bought it, we decided to do it right,” Trump said of the entire Doral project. “We just stood out there and looked at the land and decided we were going to do the whole thing right.
“We’re trying to do something good for golf,” Trump said of the Blue Monster. “We could have just put up a couple of palm trees and it would have been acceptable, but it would not be the right thing to do. Do we just fix it up for $2, or do we do it really right?
“When it is completed, which will be very quickly, this will be the greatest golf resort in the world.”