Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Jim McLean Signature Course at Doral Miami, FL
Green Fees: $125-$250
Even good teachers know when to take advice. When Doral turned over the task of reworking its off-campus Silver course to swing guru Jim McLean, he went straight to his pal, legendary architect Tom Fazio. April_doral_600x450
McLean's goal was to create a layout that could compete with Doral's fabled Blue Monster. Mission accomplished. Existing real estate and boundary issues handcuffed the design team, so the effect is occasionally claustrophobic. But as a test of golf, this blows the Blue Monster away. Still, run-up possibilities to the subtly contoured greens make it playable for most.
You'll surely remember the "Bermuda Triangle," with two beefy par-4s that bracket the island-green par-3 14th. But the opening trio of par 4s, ranging in length from 418 to 446 from the tips, might be Florida's toughest start.
Bottom line: There's a new monster at Doral. For tee times call 305-592-2000 or visit

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