Donald Trump plans to revitalize the TPC Blue Monster, which he acquired as part of his purchase of the Doral resort completed this week. He has hired architect Gil Hanse to make that vision into reality.
“There's a lot of work to be done,” Hanse said in a telephone interview.
Trump approached Hanse around Christmas, when the bidding process for the Miami resort had reached a point indicating Trump would win. Around the New Year, the pair signed an agreement.
A preliminary plan has been created, which will be presented to players at the WGC-Cadillac Championship next Wednesday, paying particular attention to Doral's past champions. From there, a final plan will be crafted. After next year's event, the seven-month renovation project will begin.
The modernization of the 50-year-old course begins with agronomy and grows from there.
“First, you're redoing greens, then it suddenly becomes much more,” Hanse said.
Trump has added input to the plan, though Hanse has said Trump certainly trusts his architectural instincts.
“Donald makes suggestions, some which are included in our plans. Then sometimes, we have to explain to him why some ideas may not fit,” he explained. “Donald is very astute. He's learned a lot over the years.”