Multimillion-Dollar Silver Course Redesign Underway at Doral Golf Resort & Spa

No. 14 Island Green on the Silver CourseMIAMI - One of Doral Resort & Spas most renowned contributors is set to remake one of the resort's lesser known courses.

Doral Golf Resort & Spa has launched a redesign of the 18-hole Silver Course by acclaimed designer and one-time Director of Golf at Doral Jim McLean.

Set to debut in January 2009, all greens and holes on the Silver Course are being remodeled and reshaped to ensure improved playability and a greater challenge for players. The most significant changes include widened fairways, enhanced visuals of water features and increased course length from 6,557 yards to over 7,100 yards.

The greens on the new par-70 course will be customized to United States Golf Association specifications. Cementing this fruitful partnership, McLean signed a 10-year contract with Doral Golf Resort & Spa, to retain the flagship location of the renowned Jim McLean Golf School at the resort where it has been since 1990.

"We are thrilled to continue working with Jim McLean," said Darrin Helfrick, golf general manager at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. "As part of the Doral family for over 18 years, Jim knows every inch of our courses and understands the need of our guests. His redesign will provide enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels."

Golfers hitting the renewed Silver Course will tee off on what McLean describes as "three of the toughest starting holes in Florida" with three straight par-fours approaching nearly 500 yards (450, 480 and 490 yards respectively). The signature 14th hole with an island green will present a uniquely different angle of play as the tee boxes have been moved 80 yards to the right. Adding to the dramatic back nine, the 13th hole features an impressive tee shot that sets up a 240-yard carry over a lake.

"Once completed, the Silver Course will be a championship-ready course," said McLean. "Moving the course from a par-71 to a par-70 makes it more challenging from championship and professional tees, while allowing an amateur-friendly course from closer tees. It will provide some of the most memorable holes at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, easily comparable to those on the Blue Monster."

Similar to the infamous Blue Monster golf course, Doral's most recognizable course and site of the World Golf Championships - CA Championship for the past two years, the Silver Course will utilize TifEagle greens, considered to be the fastest type of Bermuda grass available. The award-winning resort also features The Great White, Red and Gold Courses.

McLean is working with landscape architecture firm Bruce Howard & Associates and Tom Fazio II Designs for assistance on construction of the architectural plan. In order to relay his redesign vision to the course shaper, McLean built sand sculptures to demonstrate the drawing plan for the shaping of the greens. This extra step provides a visual needed for the course to flow as McLean envisions, literally shaped by his hands.


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