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June 11, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

South Florida Switch-Over: The Doral Goes to Trump

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

NEW YORK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The Trump Organization announced that it has closed on its purchase of Doral® Golf Resort & Spa and that the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION has assumed management of the iconic Miami resort. Known for its five championship golf courses, including the legendary Blue Monster, Doral once represented the pinnacle of luxury. By investing over $200 million in capital improvements to the almost-800-acre resort – including its 700 guestrooms, vast ballrooms and meeting facilities, and sprawling spa — the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION will aggressively reposition Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami over the next 18 months, restoring it to the magnificence of its heyday half a century ago.
““Every year, my father and mother would take me to Doral for a weekend. It was the ultimate treat for me. It was beautiful,” recalled Donald J. Trump, chairman and president.

“My ambition is to bring Doral back to its first 20 years and then top it by a wide margin,” Trump continued. “When the renovation is complete, Doral will be the greatest resort anywhere in the country. With almost 800 acres in the middle of Miami – and home to the Blue Monster and four other soon-to-be-great courses – nothing will be able to compete with it. This amount of land in this prime a location can never again be assembled.”

World-famous golf course architect Gil Hanse will work directly with Trump and the PGA TOUR leadership to completely rebuild the Blue Monster and the other courses. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to renovate the Blue Monster Course at Doral,” stated Hanse. “Few courses on Tour can claim such a long history and can span the generations of Tour players from Nicklaus and Palmer to Woods and Mickelson. We intend to focus on these traditions as we seek to update the course to meet the demands of modern day tournament conditions. We are also pleased to be matching our attention to detail in golf course design with The Trump Organization, with its similar passion for detail, as it seeks to revitalize the entire Doral resort.”

TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION has retained WATG and Wimberly Interiors to reimagine the architecture and design with a fresh, relevant vision that capitalizes on Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s prestigious heritage. Donald Trump – along with his daughter, Executive Vice President Ivanka Trump – will closely oversee all aspects of the renovation, which will return Doral Golf Resort & Spa to the apex of luxury and sophistication.

“The architectural inspiration for the resort is Spanish Revival, with Floridian details and motifs,” explained Mark Yoshizaki, vice president of WATG and the lead architect. “The property’s facade will be enhanced with coquina stone, elegant outdoor walkways and decorative tile work. We are honored to once again collaborate with Mr. Trump, Ivanka and their team as they expand the Trump brand to this strategic asset, which will be synergistic with his hospitality and golf investments around the globe.”

“We are thrilled about this tremendous opportunity to transform Doral with a fresh and relevant vision, mingling the tradition of the Trump brand with the casual elegance of Miami as a destination,” stated Margaret McMahon, managing director of Wimberly Interiors. “The design vision is sophisticated, tailored and chic, including warm Floridian colors and bold details.”

The complete renovation will dramatically elevate all aspects of the resort, with luxurious hotel rooms and a greatly enhanced guest experience throughout the public spaces. Renovation of the main building, lodges, conference areas, spa and Champions Pavilion will set a new tone for the resort, while the Members’ Clubhouse will be redesigned to include vastly upgraded facilities and amenities. All four golf courses will be completely rebuilt, and the driving range will be lengthened and expanded to more than twice its current size, making it a world-class facility befitting of the resort and its historic golf legacy.

The property will remain fully operational during the renovation, which is expected to conclude in Fall 2013.

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