Bart van der Does: Donald Trump National Doral – Miami, FL

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Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Lee Trevino, Sam Sneed, Arnold Palmer, Tom Kite, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods as the list goes on with famous names there is a new one to add:
Bart van der Does.

“The Blue Monster”
Ever since I started golf “The Blue Monster” a.k.a. Doral – Miami, FL was on my bucket list to play, great names in the game of golf have played this course during the Doral Open as it was one of the flag ship events on the PGA Tour. Played anually for 45 seasons, from 1962 to 2006 on “the blue monster” course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida. (a suburb west of Miami) The WGC-CA Championship, a world golf championship event sponsored by the PGA Tour moved from October to March on the PGA Tour and took the Doral Open’s spot on the schedule. This championship was also held at the Blue Monster course for the next decade, it was renamed to WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2011 and continued at Doral through 2016. In 2012 the resort was sold and renamed to Trump National Doral Miami, you can guess allready who bought the property…

Honestly? I think it’s such a shame to loose an event like this on the PGA Tour. It’s a historic but also iconic event. So many famous players have been here and played this course, there is so much history here in American Golf. Sad to see this event & course not any more on the PGA TOUR. But eh, I’m here… enough about the history. Let’s get you inside !!
As I mention earlier on, the property was sold to Donald Trump, and the site is changed to a massive golf resort. Visitors are welcome but only when booked advance. I stayed in Orlando so for me it was a long drive down the south. In my Ferrari RED Chevrolet Camaro I left Orlando at 02:00 in the night and started driving south towards Kissimmee, West Palm Beach and following the coast line towards Miami. Wauw, what a car and what a trip, I even passed the everglades and witnessed some great nature! When the sun came up in Miami at 06:00 I arrived at Miami Beach at 06:30. Parked my Ferrari RED Chevy, and took a walk over the boulevard. After a jump into the ocean and breakfast in a nearby cafe I made my way to the golf course.

At arrival at Trump National Doral, Miami I witnessed the super size complex. At arrival 4 security gates you have to go through. You get the option premium parking or self parking. The premium option was drive to the main entrance, step up, staff member drives your car away and gets your clubs towards the pro shop. Guess what, HELLO DORAL, I’m from The Netherlands I’m not paying someone to drive my car away, as former tour caddie I can carry my own clubs. So I took self parking. There was a special parking space all the way at the end of the facility to park your car. As I walked up towards the main entrance I witnessed the famous fountain and I saw the large flower letters: DORAL.
Then I realized, YESSS I am here. I made it.
My dad was here many years ago to play the course too, so me being here in his footsteps is just amazing. As my dad passed away in 2018 it’s a real miss and shame he couldn’t be here with me playing golf. He loved always watching me playing golf and I enjoyed always having him around me. But in my hear he was with me. After registration I made my way to the driving range, did a warm up and took some puts on the putting green.
Wauw, the greens were truely amazing, I felt like walking on a “snooker table”. I witnessed many great greens on the PGA European Tour when I was a caddie but this… super awesome!

I was paired with someone from the Canadian goverment (his name shall not be told for privacy/security reasons). As I was paired with other golfers, you always hope they are good players. I mean by the end of the day, you paying lots of money to be there. But I was really lucky to be quite honest.
As I played the golfcourse over and over again on my xBox on Tiger Woods PGA Tour, seen many many shots on tv during the Doral Open I felt amazing to there playing. And actually I was playing really great golf. As I went through the course hole-by-hole I realized why it’s called the “Blue Monster”. Almost on every hole the water and deep bunkers come into play almost every shot. The greens are sloopy and tricky to read. So you have to play your A-GAME otherwise you will loose a lot of balls and costing you many shots.

More details about the course later (17-03-2020).