Look at these changes at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Palm City, FlThe famed Blue Monster course at Doral Golf Resort and Spa is sharpening its teeth in response to recent technological advances that have the golf ball traveling at further distances than ever before.

The Blue Monster, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Ford Championship each March, is being stretched by 166 yards to counter the increasing distances Tour players are hitting the golf ball. The yardage will be strategically added to five of the Blue Monster’s 18 holes, with the work scheduled for completion by December. Doral has hosted a PGA TOUR event for the past 40 years, and has worked closely with Tour officials on the lengthening of the golf course. With most of the work being done behind the existing tee boxes, regular resort play will continue at the Blue Monster with interruptions being held to a minimum.

“The new changes at Doral will keep the Blue Monster at the top end of all Tour courses and I’m quite sure that the lengthening of hole No. 18 will make this, once again, the toughest finishing hole on the PGA TOUR,” said renowned golf instructor Jim McLean, whose Jim McLean Golf School is headquartered at Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

Currently, the Blue Monster plays to 7,125 yards from the tournament tees. While the additional yardage will make the Blue Monster one of the longer Florida stops on the PGA TOUR, the real challenge is the landing areas and bunkers originally designed by Dick Wilson to force strategic shot making will again be in play.Yardage will be added to the third, eighth, 11th, 14th and 18th holes. The 40 yards added to the par-4 11th is the most of any of the holes, however, the 32 yards added to the finishing hole may garner the most attention from PGA TOUR players.

Situated on 650 acres in Miami, FL, Doral Golf Resort and Spa features five championship golf courses, 692 rooms and suites and six restaurants. The resort is home to the Jim McLean Golf School and the famed Arthur Ashe Tennis Center. The secluded, European-style Spa at Doral is nestled within the resort, and offers 100 different spa treatments and services, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a range of high-end spa luxuries and facilities.


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