New Jim McLean Course Opens at Doral

On Friday, November 13th, the Doral Golf Resort and Spa officially opened the Jim McLean Signature Course. The project involved a total renovation of the former Silver course.

The revitalized layout features three holes - Nos. 4-6 - dubbed "the Bermuda Triangle" - a stretch starts with a 480-yard par-4, followed by a 154-yard par-3 with an island green, and a 450-yard par-4 with strategically placed bunkers, a narrow landing area, and water running down the entire right side of the fairway.

"The 'Bermuda Triangle' provides some of the most demanding shots you will see anywhere in the world," said McLean. "No matter how well your round has gone, it can be lost on these three holes. Each hole is a gem, but a mistake will result in a water ball."

Before "the Bermuda Triangle" are three holes that many publications have already been called the toughest starting threesome in Florida. "You have to be ready to play from the get go," said McLean.

"You start with a 470-yard hole guarded by water all the way down the left and one of the great greens on the course - it's 54 yards deep, is very narrow and sweeps from right to left. The second hole is 490 yards straightaway to a rising green. No bunkers on this hole, but a tough undulating green. The third hole is also 490 yards, but this hole is a severe dogleg-left. The tee shot is key as you drive near the lake on the left giving you a view of the green. This green has a huge two tiered complex with numerous pin locations and is guarded by four big bunkers. Strap on your helmet."

To help "break in" the new course, several celebrities appeared at the event, including Hall of Fame football star Lawrence Taylor and former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway.

The Jim McLean Signature Course is not the golf instructors' first foray into golf course design. In 1999, McLean reshaped and restored many of the greens and bunkers on Doral's "Blue Monster" to their original Dick Wilson specifications. McLean also designed the practice course and par-3 course at the Jim McLean Golf Center at Waterchase in Ft. Worth, Texas.