Doral
Doral (Courtesy / Trump Hotel Collection)

One name has been synonymous with golf in South Florida for more than a half-century, though its updated name is even more famous.

It's the Trump Doral Golf Club and Resort.

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Yes, that Trump. Most people know about the Donald. As for Doral, golfers have been flocking there since 1962.

That's when the Blue Monster emerged out of Florida swampland. It's the signature layout on the 800-acre resort that includes five golf courses, 700 hotel rooms and a 50,000-square foot spa.

New York real estate tycoon Alfred Kaskel first developed Doral. His wife's name was Doris, and Kaskel got "Doral" by combing their first names. A pro golf tournament has been held at the Blue Monster every year since it opened, making it the second-longest stop on the PGA Tour behind the one in Fort Worth, Tex.

The 18th hole is almost 500 yards of water torture, unless you enjoy hitting over and along a lake. The treachery has provided plenty of drama over the years at the Doral Open.

The tournament became the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship in 2006, though almost everybody still calls it "Doral."

The original Al sold the property years ago. It went through a number of owners before Trump rode to the rescue in 2011.

Doral had fallen into disrepair and the owners filed bankruptcy. Trump bought it for $150 million, a bargain considering the land alone could be worth six or seven times that.

Trump has resisted re-naming the place "Domel," after himself and wife Melania. He has also spent $250 million refurbishing the facilities and courses.

The Blue Monster was shut down and given a facelift. The end result is a golf course that should be making quite a name for itself for another half-century.

Trump Doral Golf Club and Resort

4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral

305-592-2000

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