March 12th, 2024

Insider Tips for Golfing at Trump National Doral's Championship Courses

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With a rich history dating back to the 1960s, Trump National Doral Resort is undoubtedly the most exquisite golf destination in South Florida. It's home to four exceptional courses, including the infamous Blue Monster. As one of the country's most prestigious golf resorts, it was home to the PGA TOUR for 55 consecutive years. The resort's championship courses have been played by the game's great names, from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods, and you can, too, while visiting Miami. The following are some tips for playing the resort's courses. If you're interested in playing one of these fantastic golf courses and spending your next vacation at a prestigious resort at a considerably advantageous price, check out our golf packages!

The Famous Blue Monster

The Blue Monster is the resort's premier course, whose 18th hole was ranked by professional golf players as one of the most difficult to play. Since it was renowned in 20214 by Gil Hanse, who meticulously re-designed every hole, Florida's most iconic golf course is more demanding and more dramatic than ever.

The Blue Monster boasts strategically placed elements that create an equally challenging and rewarding course that offers plenty of surprises at every hole, even for the most experienced golfers. The architect squeezed a few bunkers and shifted the landing areas on six holes, opened up a bit more space at the 280-290-yard landing zone, and tightened up the ground with sand in the 300-325-yard area. The golf architect preserved the original design, updating the features and hazards and restoring the bite that gave the course the iconic name.

The 7,590-yard course requires both length and strategy to score well, boasting:

  • long flowing fairways
  • undulating greens
  • strategically placed bunkers
  • Bermuda grass
  • water hazards

The Fairly Easy Golden Palm

Named after the most commonly found trees, the Golden Palm is known for its amazing views, narrow tree-lined fairways, and beautiful greens. Because of its intricate details, The Golden Palm has plenty of tests and rewards for golfers of all skill levels.

The course boasts a bunker style with tight-cut, clean edges and unique holes, the best of which is undoubtedly the 18th. It's a fairly easy golf course with open fairways and the rough, easy-to-hit good shots. Bunkers are easy to escape, with a few fairway bunkers that you should be careful of.

The Intimidating Red Tiger

Reminiscent of a classic New England-style course with palm trees to add a South Florida touch, the Red Tiger has undergone the most dramatic change of any of the resort's golf course renovations.  It offers a fun and exciting round for the average golfer and a surprising test for golf veterans.

The condition of The Red Tiger is exceptional from tee to green, and water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes. The small-scaled greens require an attentive approach and precision. While The Red Tiger can be intimidating for novices, it provides enjoyable experiences, especially for strategic golfers who understand the importance of shot placement.

Even though it’s not the resort's premier course, never underestimate the Red Tiger. You might never see so much water or hit so many balls in the water hazards! Do your research, set up a playing strategy, and prioritize shot placement over hitting a driver on every hole.

The Skill-Testing Silver Fox

Designed by Jerry Pate and Bruce Devlin, the Silver Fox is acclaimed for its playability. With sand bunkers and Celebration Bermuda grass blanketing the course, the par-71 golf course features more topography than any other course in the resort. Impeccably manicured fairways and greens make the golf course aesthetically pleasing. It has short and long holes scattered throughout the course. The course's signature hole is the 14th, which has an island green. We played Silver Fox a few years ago, and it was an interesting round. Water comes into play on this course's 16 of 18 holes. It is known for its skill-testing play, but we can offer more tips for playing your best round.