The Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida, has reopened to the public following Gil Hanse’s rebuild.
Trump claimed in March that the plan was to ‘blow up’ the course, originally designed by Dick Wilson, and following his first round, he is reported by the Miami Herald to have said “it’s a brand new course, not a re-do”.
Hanse, who is also currently working on the Olympic course in Brazil, worked alongside long-time associate Jim Wagner at Trump National Doral, which saw fourteen of its eighteen holes altered.
The course’s famous eighteenth hole has been left as is, but significant changes have taken place elsewhere.
A 100-yard extension to the course’s par five first hole is the major contributor to the overall yardage increase from 7,125 to 7,450 yards. The green has also been reshaped and a new pond added to the right.
The par three fifteenth hole now has a peninsula green, and the sixteenth is now a 325-yard par four with water along the left side of the fairway.
The eighth and ninth holes have been completely redesigned, with the eighth hole’s green moved to the left, and the ninth has been converted to play 195 yards, entirely over water.
Work has been carried out on the fairways and rough areas to increase the amount of elevation change, with numerous slopes and mounds added to the previously relatively flat course.