Blue Monster

The famed Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, Miami, has undergone a significant transformation, courtesy of famed course architect Gil Hanse.

Hanse, under the watchful eye of resort owner Donald Trump, has spent the last year redesigning and building the championship golf course in Miami.

The Blue Monster, known as an icon in the industry and a host to the PGA Tour for over 50 years, has undergone a total transformation and features completely new greens, traps, fairways tees and even lakes that are bigger and better than ever before. It is a completely new course.

“Trump National Doral will soon become, upon completion of the Red Tiger and Golden Palm golf courses, the greatest golf resort in the United States, with the brand new and truly amazing Blue Monster — there will be nothing like it,” Trump said recently.

The Trump Organization promised from the beginning to create a far more beautiful, challenging and spectacular course than the original, and they appear to have delivered. Trump has not only spent millions of dollars enhancing and redeveloping the new course from a design perspective, but also added a brand new infrastructure which allows for the course to be maintained to the highest conditioning standards.

Architect, Gil Hanse stated: “This is one of the most exciting projects that I have ever had the privilege to work on. The property itself, being all sand based, is very unusual and unique — and a tremendous asset for a golf course. On top of it all, its location, in the middle of Miami, is unprecedented.”

As with most changes made to modern golf courses, the Blue Monster has been significantly lengthened. Dick Wilson’s original 1961 design had been tamed by modern golfers and their modern equipment, necessitating a rethink.

Each of the holes has a new measurement, and the course now measures a far more imposing 7,481 yards. Eight of the holes are in fact shorter than they were before, but that only emphasises how much length was added to the remaining 10 – typified by the par-5 10th, which now measures a massive 614 yards.

Aside from the added distance from tee to green, Hanse has also tried to restore some of the challenging lines of the original design by bringing water more into play.

Originally water featured on six holes – that rises to 14 on the new layout.

The greens, all 18 of them, have also been recreated. Stats in and around the putting surfaces rated amongst the easiest on the PGA Tour in 2013, but that degree of comfort should be a thing of the past.

Greens have been enlarged by an average of 30 percent and 5,000 new trees have been planted around the property Trump purchased for $150m.

In addition to creating a brand new course for players, changes have been implemented to specifically benefit the fans. Over a million yards of undulation has been added so spectators can easily watch the greatest players in action.

The practice facility at Trump National Doral has also seen a major transformation. It is now five times the original size and includes a newly created driving range, short game, chipping and putting area. The new facility also includes a state of the art LED lighting system, the first of its kind in the world, allowing for practice well into the night.

Other noteworthy changes at Trump National Doral include a newly designed hotel lobby; a completely new and remodeled swimming complex known as The Royal Palm Pool, featuring a lush landscape and an expansive patio design along with 22 lavish cabanas; over 100,000 square feet of six elegant indoor and outdoor premier event venues; Clubhouse improvements with an incredible new golf shop — one of the largest in the Country and added modern locker room facilities; a celebrated 48,000 square foot resort spa with over 100 signature spa treatments and services; and a fully redesigned state of the art fitness center.