“I’ve made some massive deals that happened because of golf; if we would’ve sat down for lunch, they wouldn’t have happened,” asserted Donald Trump recently in front of his new Trump National Doral Miami. Everything at the iconic Doral golf resort is getting completely reworked, including the five golf courses headlined by the legendary Blue Monster golf course.
Well, it wasn’t so legendary for a while because new golf club technology made both the golf courses and driving range a little short for today’s players.
“What was a monster 25 years ago isn’t a monster anymore,” said Trump. “It’s a brand-new course. It’s going to be very special. What we’re doing at the number 8, 9 and 10 holes is amazing. We’re going to end up with a world-championship golf course and world-class driving range, which we’ve never had before.”
The Blue Monster opened to rave reviews in February. Over a million yards of undulation were added to increase the overall drama and viewing experience. Also, the practice facility is five times larger with first-of-its-kind LED lighting allowing attendees to work on their swings late into the warm Miami evening.
“There have been a lot of little makeovers here. Now it’s time to do it right,” said Trump. “This is the A+ job. We’re spending $250 million to bring Doral back because it’s the right thing to do.”
We sat down with Ivanka Trump following the ribbon cutting of the Blue Monster. Ivanka oversees development and design of Trump Hotel Collection. We met at the sumptuously redesigned, 8,100-sf Ivanka Trump Ballroom overlooking the villa blocks and golf courses through towering wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. It is one of the prettiest ballrooms we’ve seen in Miami, retaining the Mid-Century Modern lines of the original. A new 7,200-sf ballroom is being built on the top of the clubhouse, bringing total meeting space to over 100,000 sf.
“One of the things that I give a huge amount of credit to my father is, and one of the reason’s he’s been so successful in the development space at the super high end, is he always has his finger on the pulse of what the luxury customer wants,” said Ivanka. “We get involved in everything. Even my father hand selecting every photograph that goes in the new Gary Player Villa. It’s really a thing of a passion from the outset, and I think it really makes a difference.”