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Donald Trump talked about Doral’s past and future at yesterday’s grand opening of the renovated Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami.

“Many years ago, I would come to Doral with my father, Fred Trump, and we would play golf,” said Trump, who paid approximately $150 million for the resort nearly two years ago. “Who would have ever thought that the Trump family would own this 800-acre parcel of land?’’

Fred Trump and Doral developer Alfred Kaskel each developed real estate projects in New York City – Trump in Brooklyn and Kaskel in Queens – before Kaskel developed Doral in western Dade County more than 50 years ago.

Trump says he's putting more than $250 million in the overall renovation of the resort, which has a total of five golf courses and a world famous spa. But the Blue Monster, originally designed by Dick Wilson, always has been Doral’s crown jewel, but over the years it was revamped and renovated almost to death, most notably by Raymond Floyd in 1996.

It's generally believed by the way, that the Blue Monster got its nickname for all of its water, particularly on the signature 18th hole, but old timers will tell you it came simply because blue was the color Kaskel designated for the tee markers.

Regardless, this newest incarnation of the Blue Monster is the work of Gil Hanse, who also is designing the course for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. At the Blue Monster, brought back some of Wilson’s original design, added more water, created new greens complexes and moved more 300,000 cubic yards – much of it to create mounding to make the Blue Monster more fan friendly for the WGC-Cadillac Championship (March 6-9) and perhaps even a U.S. Open., an event Trump has outwardly coveted for years.

“Now we have a brand new course in beautiful condition,” Hanse said.

“We’re trying to do something good for golf,” Trump said. “We could have just put up a couple of palm trees and it would have been acceptable, but it would not be the right thing to do. Do we just fix it up for $2, or do we do it really right?

“When it is completed, which will be very quickly, this will be the greatest golf resort in the world.”

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