Already renowned the world over and rich with history, the famous Blue Monster at Trump National Doral is 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 re-sculpt every hole. The 7,590 yard course features a series of strategically placed deep bunkers, long flowing fairways, interesting undulating greens, deep Bermuda rough and a challenging assortment of water hazards – all of which combine for a course that requires both length and finesse to score well. The famous 18th hole is traditionally ranked as one of the most difficult on the PGA Tour. It is no surprise that virtually every great name in golf has had a moment of personal triumph on this world-class course (Jack Nicklaus won twice, Greg Norman three times and Tiger Woods four).Nor is it any surprise that it has once again secured its status as the current and future home to the World Golf Championships– Cadillac Championship.
The Golden Palm, appropriately named after the predominate tree found throughout the golf course offers yet another unique and challenging golf experience at Trump National Doral. It was resurrected by Gil Hanse's team with design elements similar to the famous Blue Monster. The course offers a variety of wide open vistas and tight tree lined fairways with heavily contoured greens that will require a smooth putting stroke and soft touch for success. The Golden Palm is also home to a very unique bunker style with tight-cut, clean-edges from the fairway and heavy rough around the back side of each bunker that presents an element of difficulty that you might find in the Australian countryside. The design, quality and attention to detail creates a difficult golf course for all skill levels and makes the Golden Palm a true Championship course capable of hosting the best players in the world.
The spectacular Red Tiger golf course, given its name by the late, great Jackie Gleason, just 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 Tiger 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 gives it its distinctive South Florida personality. While the goal of every tee shot should be to take advantage of the gently contoured fairways, the undulation of the small scaled greens requires accurate shotmaking.
The sensational Silver Fox course at Trump National Doral 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. Although there are only 50 bunkers on the entire course, they are strategically placed to require a demanding game off the tee and difficult approaches to the green. Draped in a wall-to-wall carpet of Celebration Bermuda grass, the course is both beautiful to look at and visually intimidating. The narrow landing areas require a demanding game off the tee, yet the greens are true, fast and accessible, so for the golfer who is playing well, a good score is within reason.