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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 183
A S FAR as golfing destinations and facilities go, you’d be hard pressed to find anything, anywhere, that’s more impressive than Trump National Doral Miami. Eight hundred acres, 643 hotel rooms, 50,000 square feet of spa and pools, three restaurants and a rumoured billion-dollar price tag after being bought for just $150 million five years ago. Oh, and you know, there’s also the five golf courses. That’s 90 holes and more than 30,000 yards of pristine golfing wonderland, manicured within an inch of its life. It’s the kind of picture perfect oasis to which no TV camera will ever do justice. It’s also got one of the most storied histories among the PGA Tour venues, with the notorious Blue Monster course having hosted the WGC- Cadillac Championship since 2007 and the Doral Open from 1962-2006. But this might be last time we see Trump National Doral Miami in PGA Tour guise. The only thing that could wreck what seems a perfect union between one of the PGA Tour’s biggest events and a course that’s right up there among the Tour’s best is the man whose name is on the gate. The PGA Tour has no commitment or contract to run an event at Doral beyond this week’s tournament, and with presidential hopeful Donald Trump staunchly sticking to his stance on temporarily banning Muslim immigrants from entering the United States, it appears increasingly unlikely that the club will be a part of golf’s great travelling circus in 2017. The issue is likely to come to a head as the golfing world’s gaze swivels towards Florida this week. After Trump went public late last year with his views on immigration, the Tour quickly moved to distance itself from the outspoken billionaire and hinted that the course’s PGA Tour status was all but gone once Sunday evening rolls around. DORAL IS THE KIND OF PICTURE PERFECT OASIS TO WHICH NO TV CAMERA WILL EVER DO JUSTICE.
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