Just the Facts: Doral Golf Resort and Spa

By Jason Scott Deegan, Senior Staff Writer

What:The Doral Golf Resort and Spa, which was one of the few resorts nation-wide to earn a Silver Medal Award from Golf Magazine in 2000.

Address: 4400 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Fla., 33178-2192 Resort number: (305) 592-2000, 1-800-71-DORAL Website: www.doralresort.com

Golf courses: 90 holes - the Blue, Great White, Silver, Gold and Red courses.

Director of Golf: Mike Miraglia

Places to stay: 693 guestrooms, all in three- and four-story lodges within a short walk to the main golf clubhouse.

2001 Package Deals: Packages include the Championship Golf Package, the Spa Experience and the Tennis Package. Rates are per person, per night, starting at $275 for winter, $175 in spring, $125 in summer and $195 in the fall.

Restaurants: The Windows on the Green overlooks the Blue Monster golf course; The Atrium at the Spa at Doral; the Champions Sports Bar in the main clubhouse; the Terrazza Restaurant and Café and the Bungalou's Bar & Grill in the Blue Lagoon pool complex.

Other entertainment: Doral features the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center with both hard and clay courts. The Blue Lagoon pool complex comes complete with a 125-foot water slide, two large outdoor pools and several hot tubs. The 148-square-foot Spa at Doral boasts 52 treatment rooms, a full-service beauty saloon, an indoor track and pool and work out facilities. Also scattered about the 650 acres of self-contained property are a full-court, outdoor basketball court; an outdoor pool table, a video game room, and a pond for fishing and canoeing.

Resort Shops: Nine retail stores, including the country's largest pro shop (4,400 square feet); the Greg Norman Collection, the Spa Boutique, the pro shop in the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center, the Silver course pro shop, the Doral Signature Shop, White Palms, The Bungalow Shop and S.J. Sterns.

Golf School: The Jim McLean Golf School was ranked one of the nation's top 25 golf schools by Golf Magazine in 2000. Golf Magazine ranks McLean and Doral master instructor Michael Lopuszynski as two of the top 100 golf instructors in the country, while fellow Doral teacher Karen E. Palacios is regionally ranked as one of the South's best. Golf School phone number: 305-591-6409 Golf School website: www.JimMcLean.com.

Did you know facts?: Doral is also a private club, offering memberships and a brand new clubhouse for members only. Members can play all five courses, but surcharges apply on the Great White and the Blue Monster. ... Also, Director of Golf Mike Miraglia emphasizes that the week of the Genuity-Doral Championship, it's business as usual on the resort's other golf courses. Players can play either the Red, Gold, Great White or Silver during the day and finish early enough to catch the PGA Tour players finishing up their round on the Blue Monster. How's that for a golf vacation?

Doral Course Overviews

Golf Course: The Blue Monster

Statistics from the tips: Yardage: 7,125. Rating: 74.5. Slope: 130. Par: 72 Year opened: 1960

Course designer: Dick Wilson

Restoration: By Raymond Floyd in 1996 with bunker restoration by Jim McLean in 1999.

Tournaments hosted: Since 1962, it has hosted a PGA Tour event. After being known as the Doral-Ryder Open for more than three decades, the tournament is now the Genuity Doral Championship.

Best Hole: No. 18, a 443-yard par-4, is rated as one of the best 100 golf holes and one of the top 50 par-4s in the world by Golf Magazine.

Rankings: The Blue was rated as the 23rd-best course in the state (and the seventh-best public course in Florida) by Golf Digest in 1999, but it moved up to 20th (and sixth among public tracks) in 2001. After being ranked No. 29 among the top 100 public courses in the country by Golf Magazine in 2000, it dropped slightly to No. 41 in 2001. Turnstiles' Golf and Travel magazine ranked the Blue No. 37 on its list of the country's top resort courses.

Green Fees (2001 rates): May 21-Oct. 5 - Hotel Guest $175, Outside Play $195. Oct. 6-Dec. 20 -- HG: $200, OP: $225.

Golf Course: The Gold Course

Statistics from the tips: Yardage: 6,602. Rating: 73.3. Slope: 129. Par: 70 Year opened: 1968

Course designer: Bob van Hagge with the Devlin design team. Renovation: By Raymond Floyd in 1995.

Best Hole: No. 18, a 397-yard par-4, features an island green, making for a brutal approach shot.

Green Fees (2001 rates): May 21-Oct. 5 - Hotel Guest $100, Outside Play $125. Oct. 6-Dec. 20 -- HG: $165, OP: $190.

Golf Course: The Red Course

Statistics from the tips: Yardage: 6,208 yards. Rating: 70.2. Slope: 121. Par: 70

Year opened: 1962.

Tournaments hosted: The LPGA's Office Depot.

Best Hole: The 15th is a short 388 yards, but deadly with water up the entire left side and mounding protecting houses on the right.

Green Fees (2001 rates): May 21-Oct. 5 - Hotel Guest $85, Outside Play $95. Oct. 6-Dec. 20 -- HG: $155, OP: $180.

Golf Course: The Silver Course

Statistics from the tips: Yardage: 6,567. Rating: 72.5. Slope: 131. Par: 71. Year opened: 1984

Course designer: Bruce Devlin/Bob von Hagge. Renovation: By Jerry Pate in 1998

Best Hole: The island green on the 14th hole is a devilish treat, providing anywhere from an 85 (for the ladies) to a 155-yard tee shot over water.

Green Fees (2001 rates): May 21-Oct. 5 - Hotel Guest $100, Outside Play $125. Oct. 6-Dec. 20 -- HG: $165, OP: $190.

Golf Course: The Great White Course


Statistics from the tips: Yardage: 7,171. Rating: 75.1. Slope: 133. Par: 72

Year opened: About 1960

Course redesign: By Greg Norman in 2000

Tournaments hosted: The 2000 Franklin Templeton Shootout (a.k.a. The Shark Shootout).

Best Holes: The two finishing holes are superb. Water runs the length of No. 9, a 434-yard par-4. Water guards the fairway off the tee and sits to the right of the 18th green of the closing 529-yard par-5.

Rankings: Although the Great White didn't make Golf Magazine's prestigious list of the nation's top 100 public courses in 2001, it did rank ninth among 25 courses in the South that were considered to be regionally ranked.

Green Fees (2001 rates): May 21-Oct. 5 - Hotel Guest $175, Outside Play $195. Oct. 6-Dec. 20 -- HG: $200, OP: $225.

Jason Scott DeeganJason Scott Deegan, Senior Staff Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 600 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Click here to read his golf blog, and follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.


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