On Feb. 27, Donald Trump announced that he had purchased Doral Resort & Spa in Miami and hired course designer Gil Hanse to redo the famed Blue Monster, venue for this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, as part of the property's "multimillion-dollar renovation." Hanse's plans include rebuilding all the greens and regrassing the fairways to improve conditioning and aesthetics. The course will also get longer by about 250 yards, although Hanse is meeting with Tour players to review his proposal. "Nothing is settled yet," he says, "and the new layout will probably get shorter after that meeting." Here's Hanse's description of the most notable alterations.
11 | Dick Wilson's original fairway bunker was meant to force players to make a decision off the tee, but in recent years most pros simply laid up. We extended the bunker to re-create those choices. New wings on the green make the angle of approach more important and play into the tee-box decision.
10 | To enlarge the range (a necessity), we had to move the tees forward and closer to the water, which creates numerous carry points across the water and makes for more options off the tee. The green will move back 70 yards so the hole will play the same length.
15 | Mr. Trump originally envisioned an island green, but we decided that it would be better to move the green closer to the water, which would still create a dramatic hole that has its own identity.
16 | Most pros try to drive the green, but they can't see the target. We cleared out the trees on the left so the entire hole is visible from the tee. Then we stretched the fairway and green to the left to bring in the water and increase risk.
1 | This par-5 often plays downwind, and pros have short second shots to the green. We moved the green back 80 yards, which will make that second shot tougher for the pros and provide a strong start for resort guests.
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March 12, 2012
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