The 18th hole at Doral's Blue Monster has long been one of the
Tour's most revered closing holes, but it was a piece of cake the
first time I played it. I ripped a drive, hit a four-iron to 25
feet and made a birdie. That was the early '70s, and I was
playing in the most prestigious tournament I ever won, the BMGA
Open. BMGA stands for the Beach Managers Golf Association, a
motley collection of 30 guys who labored at Miami Beach
resorts--I worked at the Fontainebleau--and used our connections
to get onto swank courses.
This is an article from the March 8, 2004 issue
The Monster has evolved over time and was renovated again this
year. Now 40 yards longer, 18 still has a lake along the left
side, but the long bunker that skirted the edge of the hazard is
gone, replaced by rough. The hole can still be had with a driver
and a mid-iron in calm weather, but if the wind blows, all hell
will be unleashed.
*For 28 years--the last eight with his dog, Squeaky--Gorjus
George has crisscrossed the U.S. drawing the yardage books used
by the pros at Tour events.