Donald Trump has unveiled his initial plans for the revamping of Doral, and they are tremendous. Also great. Did we mention tremendous yet?
Trump announced the purchase of Doral Resorts last week, and as the tournament began, he laid out his vision for where things stand now, and where they're headed at the famed resort. This right here is some vintage Trump:
"We think that Doral has just tremendous opportunity, it's a tremendous location, 800 acres right smack in the middle of Miami, and we look to make this one of the great places anywhere in the world for golf. It needs a lot of work. It's a little bit tired and that's okay, and we are going to do something special."
In the course of his 11-question press conference, Trump used the word "tremendous" nine times, "amazing" seven times, "fantastic" six times, and some variant of "great" 23 times. Clearly, it was a humble afternoon for Mr. Trump.
Working on the redesign, which Trump projects will run in excess of $200 million, will be architect Gil Hanse. "It would not be accurate to call it a restoration," Hanse said. "It's really not. It's a renovation, because we think we are obviously making some significant changes to golf holes, but I think within the spirit of [original course designer] Dick Wilson, we'll try to recapture some of the stylistic elements. We'll try to recapture some of his exciting green shapes, hole locations. We'll try to create a golf course [where] angles are relevant again and where it's important to get to a proper side to score as opposed to just hitting it as far as you possibly can."
Trump takes over the property on June 1. He acknowledged that the Doral name will stay, but beyond that? No promises. Yep, the Trump Doral or the Doral de Trump or the Blue Trump Monster at Doral are all probably in the mix. It'll be tremendous. And also great.