As the eyes of the golf world turn to this week’s WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral and the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, one can’t help but notice the huge link these two tournaments have. Both courses hosting these two tournaments are owned by business mogul, Donald Trump.
Trump owns 13 golf courses around the world, including two in Palm Beach County and three in the state of Florida and he doesn’t show any signs of being done. Two of the 13 courses will be featured this week for the entire nation to see as his Miami and Puerto Rico courses are playing host to some of the top golfers in the world, making Donald Trump the newest, big player in the golf community.
In February of 2012 Trump purchased the Doral course, located northwest of Miami. In November, he agreed to buy the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa, changing the name to Trump National in Jupiter.
Trump, who is an avid golfer himself, has quickly become one of the biggest names in the world of golf. Not only does he own some of the most prestigious courses in the world, he has also enlisted some of the best course designers in the world to build his courses. Architects such as Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Martin Hawtree, Arthur Hills, Gil Hanse, and Tom Kite have all designed Trump owned courses.
His Jupiter course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is one of the best golf courses in the state and at over 7200 yards long is a considered a challenge for all players. Trump International Golf Club was the first of his clubs in the State of Florida. The course was designed by Jim Fazio and is rated the #1 course in Florida by Florida Golf Magazine as well as being ranked in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 golf courses in the country. His newly acquired Doral course is the home to the WGC Cadillac Championship played on the crown jewel of the club, the Blue Monster. In fact, Trump announced on Wednesday that at the conclusion of the World Golf Championship event, the Blue Monster course will undergo a complete re-model with architect Gil Hanse leading the way.
He has assured everyone that he will leave the famed par 4 18th hole the same but the rest of the course will undergo some major changes. Trump plans on extending the 529 yard par 5 first hole another 100 yards and adding a lake to the right of the green. He also plans on turning the par 3 15th into an island green hole similar to the famed 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass. He also plans on moving some greens and hole locations on the back nine that would allow for more water hazards and more areas for spectators to view all the action.
With more courses on the horizon, Donald Trump is taking the golf world by storm and is the newest big name in a sport with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.
For more information on Donald Trump's Palm Beach Country golf courses visit www.trumpgolf.com.