design, quality and attention to detail offer a unique golf experience
The Golden Palm, appropriately named after the predominate tree found on throughout the golf course, offers yet another unique Florida resort golf experience at Trump National Doral.
It was resurrected by Gil Hanse's team with design elements similar to the iconic Blue Monster. The course offers a variety of wide open vistas and tight tree lined fairways with heavily contoured greens that will require a smooth putting stroke and soft touch for success. The Golden Palm is also home to a very unique bunker style with tight-cut, clean-edges from the fairway and heavy rough around the back side of each bunker that presents an element of difficulty that you might find in the Australian countryside. The design, quality and attention to detail creates a difficult golf course for all skill levels and makes The Golden Palm a true championship course capable of hosting the best players in the world.
This starting hole layout is a slight dog let to the right. A straight drive onto the fairway sets up a challenging second shot onto a difficult green complex protected by a cluster of bunkers to left, and a false front right greenside bunker. The green can be receptive in that it slopes from back to front for incoming shots, giving the player a good chance for an opening hole birdie!
A challenging hole, with water coming into play on the left hand side of the fairway. This dog leg to the left will entice long hitters to take a more aggressive approach, using a driver off the tee and cutting the corner over the water. This aggressive approach will leave you a mid to long iron to the green. This undulating green is heavily bunkered in the front left.
This lengthy Par 4 hole is a gentle dogleg to the right. Finding the center to left side of this fairway is ideal for a better angle into the green. Water hazard down the entire left side of this hole makes for an intimidating approach shot from the fairway. The putting surface will certainly require some feel and touch to sink a putt. The front and back portions of this long, narrow green are elevated with a swale or lower tear running through the middle of the green. Par is a good score on the 3rd hole!
This is a mid-length par 5 is reachable in 2 shots. Water running the complete length of the hole on the left comes into play on each shot. An aggressive tee shot with driver down the right side of fairway, will set up a hybrid or long iron into this par 5. The green is guarded with water on the left and back, with deep bunkers on the front right.
The 5th hole on the Golden Palm, while it may be a shorter par 4, it’s still no gimme! A precise tee shot with a driver or hybrid avoiding the left fairway bunker will set up a midiron shot into a shallow green guarded by a large front bunker and a back left bunker. The green which has plenty of movement in it, sits in a tight landing area between the two bunkers left to right, and is only about 25 paces deep. A precisely played iron shot will give a great chance for birdie!
The 6th, a par 4 hole requires either a well placed hybrid or iron shot off the tee, or a driver past all the fairway bunkers for a shorter second approach shot. Water hazard to the left of the left fairway bunker is blind from the tee, but easy to find with a wayward tee shot. The elevated green complex gives a different look and required shot than the previous holes played. Guarded by a large front bunker, and a small left bunker, water long, this green has plenty of slope and speedy putts. Be sure to get the approach shot up in the air for a soft landing and a chance for a birdie!
The first par 3 to be played on the Golden Palm is a picturesque hole with water hazard left, and out of bounds to the right. Guarded heavily by large bunkering, this green is one of the largest on the course and requires an accurate yardage from the tee to get close for birdie. Once on the green, there’s still plenty of challenge ahead to sink a putt. Sloping mainly front to back, this green has plenty of movement and multiple breaking putts. Be happy to walk away with par on this hole!
The 8th hole starts the loop of 4 holes wrapping completely around a large lake. From the tee, the 8th presents plenty of uncertainty. Water hazard running completely down the right side from tee to green will force players to want to stay left. Avoid the left fairway bunker, and the small middle of the fairway pot bunker, and you should have a good look into the green. A midiron, 150-175 yard shot from the fairway will need to avoid the water hazard directly to the right of the green, and the bunkering to the left. This 8th green has a severe ridge running from back to front in the middle portion of the green. Tough to get a short birdie putt on this hole!
A long and second of 5 par 3’s on the Golden Palm, requiring a hybrid or long-iron over water to a small undulating green. An accurate iron shot is needed to clear water and avoid the bunker on the right side of the green.
The 10th hole of the Golden Palm offers a gorgeous view, but a difficult birdie or par. A great risk reward hole, with the more aggressive player going for the green off the tee with driver across the water. The safe, more conventional play would be a long iron or hybrid off the tee into a wide landing zone in the fairway, setting up a short iron or wedge into the small turtle back style green. A cluster of bunkers short and right guard this small putting surface while the left side slopes hard toward the water. Nothing wrong with a par on this gem of a golf hole!
The longest of the par 5’s on the Golden Palm, plays straight ahead, usually directly into the wind. A good, strong drive off the tee, avoiding the water hazard running completely down the right side is required. Longer hitters need to avoid the steep faced fairway cross bunker in view from the tee. The slightly elevated green adds a bit more difficulty to the approach shot. If your birdie putt slides by, par is always a good score on the 11th.
A short, yet intimidating par 3 over water to a small undulating peninsula sloped green. Depending on the wind conditions for the day, this hole can play very short, sometimes a wedge from the tee, or long enough to require a 7or 8 iron. Club selection is critical to land a shot on this green.
A short par 4 with out of bounds along the right side and water along the left. Leave the driver in the bag and select a long iron or hybrid for accuracy. This approach will leave you with a short iron into the green. The putting surface is narrow in the front and wide toward the back with a severe slope on the left side of the green. This slope feeds any shot with too much speed down to the left into a short mowed chipping area. Up and down from here is no guarantee. Also avoid the two difficult bunkers located to the right of the green. Birdies are here for the taking on 13, but anything off target can result in a big number.
A very challenging par 4 with out of bounds along the right side and water down the left of the fairway. This hole rewards a left to right tee shot , with an accurate drive leaving you 150 yards to the green that is bunkered on the right. The green slopes significantly back to front to hold a longer iron or punch and run shots.
The 15th, nicknamed by the Agronomy staff as “our little piece of Augusta”, is a beautiful, picturesque par 3 framed by extensive ornamental plantings. Tee shots range from 217 yards from the pro tee, to a variety of yardages on the larger middle tee box depending on tee marker placement. Guarded by a front bunker and a smaller back bunker, the 15th green is just shy of 10,000 square feet, the largest on the course and also includes the most movement and undulation. An accurate tee shot here certainly makes birdie or par much easier on the 15th.
A long straight par 5, plays straight ahead with out of bounds along the right hand side and bunkers on the right side of fairway in your landing zone. The entire hole is in view from the tee box. A right to left tee shot is beneficial. This is one of the few holes on the course in which water does not come into play off the tee. If you try for the Green in two, be careful not to go long as there is a pond behind the Green that can’t be seen from the fairway. A lay up to within 100 yards is the ideal play for your second shot, with a short accurate wedge into the Green that slopes back to front.
The last of the 5 part 3’s on the course is a challenging hole with water on the left, out of bounds to the right and typically prevailing wind in your face. A mid to low iron off the tee is required with a right to left shot shape to avoid the bunker on the left.
Our signature hole and one of the best finishing holes at Doral. Standing on the tee box, players will encounter a narrow shoot to tee off and avoid out of bounds to the right outlined by large Royal Palms and the large specimen trees to the left. A cluster of 3 fairways bunkers guards the right side of the fairway. The second shot on the finishing hole requires skill and accuracy into a true island green. With only a narrow walking strip located behind the green to walk on, the 18th green is completely surrounded by water, sloping back to front to help receive worthy shots into this green.