Donald Trump last year signed a contract to buy the Doral Golf Resort, and he hired respected architect Gil Hanse to renovate the Blue Monster course that hosts the WGC-Cadillac Championship. But on Tuesday, the new owner made it sound as though the course was going through more than just a renovation.
''They are saying that the course is in the best shape in 25 years. It's a little ironic, because we blow it up on Monday,'' Trump said.
Work on the Blue Monster begins after this World Golf Championship is over. Trump said it would be a ''brand new, incredible course.''
''We started as a renovation,'' Trump said of the course originally designed by Dick Wilson. ''And as we got more and more into it, Gil and I started to say, `Wow, we are really making it a much bigger and I think much more magnificent course. ... We are really doing massive changes.''
He said the first hole, which now is 529 yards as a par 5 and traditionally the easiest at Doral, would be extended 100 yards with...