by Jeff Skinner
The PGA Tour has been frequenting Doral’s Blue Monster for over half a century but when they tee it up tomorrow at The WGC Cadillac Championship not much will look the same. In the words Gil Hanse, the architect who revamped the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, “It’s really a new golf course.”
Some of the holes may look the same but all have felt the hand of Donald Trump’s recent favorite architect,” A lot of the holes are in the same places as before, but every green has been rebuilt, every bunker has been moved and shifted,” Hanse says. “Twelve of the holes have had significant alterations in either direction or water being brought into play.”
Trump had Hanse start the $25 million transformation of the Blue Monster the day after last year’s tournament finished as part of a $250 million renovation of the Doral Resort.
All of the top 50 players in the world are committed to The Cadillac Championship and they will all get to see Trump’s new baby up close. For those of us that can’t be there here are few articles to act as a primer for the new and improved Blue Monster.
It will be interesting to see what the professionals think and how all these changes play out this week. One thing is for sure, it’s not your daddy’s Blue Monster any longer.