THE GOLF COURSE: The Golden Palm Course at Trump National Doral Miami will be played as a 7,012-yard par-71 (36-35) this week. Formerly known as the Gold Course, it opened in 1967 and was originally designed by Robert von Hagge. In order to keep it up to date, it has been redesigned twice, first by Raymond Floyd (1995) and most recently by Gil Hanse (2015). Featuring Bermudagrass fairways and greens, this is a typical Florida layout, with narrow fairways and plenty of water hazards. Playing as par-70 in 1999, this was one of two Trump National Doral courses that welcomed the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament final in November of 1999.
The Golden Palm Course is welcoming the Shell Championship for the second consecutive year. In 2018 the course was played as a par-72 and the scoring average came at 71.63 strokes (0.36 under par). The 217-yard par-3 No. 15 was the toughest hole last year, allowing only 11 birdies for the week and providing an average score of 3.30 strokes. The lowest rounds were a couple of 64s, by Jake McBride in the second round and by Ricardo Celia in the final round.
Last year the course ws played as a par-72 because Tour officials used the 18th hole from the neighboring Red Tiger Course, a 526-yard par-5. This year, the tournament will be playing the original 18, with the last hole a 469-yard par-4 featuring an island green.
THE CITY OF DORAL: This year the City of Doral is supporting the Shell Championship as a Main Sponsor. Throughout the week, players and attendees will have the opportunity to explore the multiple attractions the city has to offer, including parks, restaurants and top cultural events. Trump National Doral has become an iconic golf property in the city, with world-class golf courses such as the Blue Monster, the Red Tiger, the Silver Fox and the Golden Palm.
PREMIER PARTNERS: This week Volvo Car Latin America, Hilton and Go Vacaciones are closing their first season as PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Premier Partners. In this exclusive category, these three partners are integrated into the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica messaging while telling the stories of its players, graduates, tournaments and its participation in the communities where the competitions take place.