The Doral Golf Resort & Spa was founded in 1962 by real estate pioneer Alfred Kaskel. The Doral name came from an amalgamation of the first names of Kaskel and his wife, Doris. Today, the resort features five golf courses, with the “Blue Monster” being the most well known. The original Dick Wilson design opened in 1961 and was the longtime host site of the Doral Open on the PGA Tour from 1962-2006. Since 2007, it has been the site of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship. In 2009, the course joined the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club network of courses and it was rebranded as the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
Two other courses at the resort have hosted major events. The Gold Course was used for the 1999 PGA Tour’s Qualifying Tournament and the Red Course hosted the Office Depot event on the LPGA Tour in 2000.
This past February, Donald Trump purchased the resort and hired architect Gil Hanse to do a restoration of the Blue Monster, which will be the host site for the 72-hole Copa de las Americas competition. Hanse was chosen to design the golf course that will be used for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Blue Monster, which can be stretched to nearly 7,300 yards, features long fairways, undulating greens and an assortment of unique water hazards. Water comes into play on six holes and there are a total of 95 bunkers.
The famous par-4 18th hole, with its signature fountain in the large pond to the left of the fairway, was ranked by GOLF magazine as one of the Top 100 Holes in the World. It was on this hole that Australian Craig Parry holed out from the fairway with a 6-iron to win the 2004 Doral Open in a playoff over Scott Verplank.
The course was also ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of its Best Courses You Can Play.