The following post comes courtesy from an Elite Golf Experiences client who recently visited Trump National Doral as part of his custom South Florida Golf and Lifestyle Tour from Elite Golf Experiences. Please contact us for more information on how we can send you on the golf vacation of your dreams!
I recently visited the Trump National Doral Golf Resort for the first time since the Trump Organization spent more than $250 million modernizing and dramatically enhancing this legendary 800-acre resort as part of my Elite Golf Experiences custom South Florida Golf Tour. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. Trump National Doral Miami definitely lives up to all the hype from impeccable landscaping at every glance to common areas in the main building brimming with gold appointments, stunning chandeliers and plush Italian marble, the Trumps have literally created a palace. If you're looking for the quintessential luxury Florida golf experience, Trump National delivers with wonderfully maintained golf courses, great food and exquisite accommodations.
Make no mistake, the golf courses were not an afterthought after renovations. Top notch designer Gil Hanse was brought in to revamp the Blue Monster and provide consultation on the other courses. Hanse is masterful at creating lots of challenge for the best golfers in the world and fun, playable holes for mid-handicapper resort players. No matter how bad you play on a Hanse course, you don't walk away blaming the designer. Trump National Doral has four championship 18-hole golf courses. There's something for every skill level. If you don't have a skill level or you want to take your game to another level, the on-site Rick Smith Golf Performance Center is amazing with its high-tech gadgetry.
The golf courses.
Blue Monster - One of my favorite courses to play in Florida, the Blue Monster was enhanced by Gil Hanse in 2014. It's still long, it's still tough, but Hanse requires more than length to score well. He re-evaluated and re-sculpted every hole assuring golfers of great shot angles and lots of high risk, high reward possibilities. One thing Hanse didn't change is the routing of the celebrated 18th hole with water skirting the entire left side. It's arguably, the best individual hole in Florida.
Golden Palm - Gil Hanse and his team put their design magic on this links-style layout that has open vistas, contoured greens, superb green complexes and innovative bunkering. It's named after the predominate tree that dots the course. One of the most intriguing design aspects is the bunkering. Hanse puts some heavy rough behind the back side of many bunkers, which presents a great challenge.
Red Tiger - This is a shotmaker's layout where you need a good strategy on each hole not brute strength off the tee. Fourteen of the holes have some sort of water feature and there are two island greens (No. 6 and No. 14). It's target golf, yes, but not overly penal. If you're having a good ball striking day, you'll do fine.
Silver Fox - If you like water, not necessarily landing in it, you'll enjoy this layout that has the liquid stuff on 16 of the 18 holes. It has a good mix of holes with elevated tee boxes and greens and you'll need to keep your sand wedge accessible because there are some very strategically placed bunkers.
If you need to work on your game, the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center Opened in January 2018 with a state-of-the-art instruction facility. Rick Smith has tutored the likes of Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus during his long and storied career. The facility incorporates four indoor hitting bays and a fifth for evaluation and club fitting as well as a practice tee and short game area. The vibe at Rick Smith Golf Performance Center is easy going, helpful and non-intimidating. Whether you're a beginner or professional wanting to take the next step, this is an exceptional facility.
The accommodations at Trump National Doral encompass 643 total guest rooms, 14 deluxe suites, 27 premier suites, 2 presidential suites and 48 spa suites. The rooms are situated in villa-like lodges. I stayed in the Arnold Palmer lodge and others are named after golf icons like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Gary Player and Sam Snead. My Deluxe Room (343 square feet) had a balcony overlooking the 18th green of the Blue Monster. Stylish and elegant, the room has soft, neutral colors, gold appointments, mahogany veneers and walls dotted with vintage photographs of Arnold Palmer.
All in all my stop at Trump National Doral was highly enjoyable and memorable. This was my favorite stop on my golf tour of South Florida put together by Elite Golf Experiences. I recommend contacting Elite Golf Experiences today to experience Florida golf at it's finest!