Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 18
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 18
The famous 18th hole on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 2
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 2
No. 2 on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 3
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 3
No. 3 on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 4
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 4
The par-3 fourth hole on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 5
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 5
No. 5 on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 6
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 6
No. 6 on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 7
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 7
No. 7 is the No. 1 handicap on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 8
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 8
No. 8 on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - clubhouse
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - clubhouse
The clubhouse at the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 11
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 11
The bunker-bombed 11th hole on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 12
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 12
No. 12 on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 16
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - hole 16
The drivable 16th hole on the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - 18th green
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - 18th green
Another look at the 18th green of the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - fountain at the first tee
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Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami - fountain at the first tee
The fountain near the first tee of the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Water rules the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami

DORAL, Fla. - While the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami hibernates - waiting patiently for its next opportunity to host professional golf - it bides its time by devouring amateurs and wannabes who think they can handle one of the game's toughest challenges.

The PGA Tour left Doral in 2016, ending a streak of pro events held annually on the legendary Dick Wilson course since 1962. No matter what comes next - a PGA Championship or a women's major perhaps? - the Blue Monster will always be a part of golf lore.

Redesign work by Gil Hanse in 2014 and 2015 has sharpened the Monster's teeth for the next generation to come. Hanse added more length, bunkers and a lot more water. The new lakes are especially evident at no. 15, a par 3 with a peninsula green, and no. 16, a great risk-reward, drivable par 4 for those who can carry the hazard. The watery stretch from no. 8 to no. 10 is incredibly nerve-wracking to play. With two par 5s, it tends to be the make-or-break moment in every round. Just ask Rory McIlroy, who rinsed his 3-iron, tossing it into the lake after a bad approach shot on no. 8 in 2015.

Hanse didn't dare tinker with the famous finishing hole, a par 4 named one of the scariest holes in golf by Golf Advisor. It's got triple bogey written all over it.

The Blue Monster remains one of the most expensive rounds in golf. It's money well spent, though, considering the impressive resort upgrades by Donald Trump since 2013 and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to slay the beast.


Staff reviews of Blue Monster: Jason Deegan


Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 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. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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