Although the Trump Doral Resort lost its Great White during 2015, there are still many a fearsome beast for the skilled golfer to combat during a visit. At the top of the list, obviously, is the famed Blue Monster, but Dick Wilson was not the only architect creating backbreaking championship tests in the Miami area. Gil Hanse also turned his attention to the Red Tiger, a Robert von Hagge course from the same era.
Playing just 6,400 yards, the little brother to the Blue Monster may seem like a mere “warm-up” course for the bigger brute on campus. Length alone isn’t what gives this Tiger its teeth, however. Much like the other routes at Doral, ample bunkering and water installations will both threaten to keep the scorecards anything but “Red.”
Despite these modern design tendencies, the course’s signature hole is a nod to more Golden Age sensibilities: The 175 par three at No. 14 shares many facets with a MacRaynor “Short” template, surrounded by eight bunkers and featuring a large “thumbprint” to vex the short approach shot into this green.
A fun course but not too memorable. Copperhead and Island are far superior layouts in my mind.
I enjoyed my round, but can't recall many holes. What's most memorable is that there are six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s.
The Red Tiger is not very long and I would characterize it as a typical Florida course. Flat with a lot of water hazards and of course the price. As part of the Trump empire, if you are looking for a deal head elsewhere. Conversely if you want to pay a premium for slightly above average, c’mon down. The Red Tiger is a fairly unique configuration with 6 par 3s, 6 par 4s and 6 par 5s.
The first hole at 600+ yards is more daunting on the card than in reality. A dogleg right, favor the left side off the tee and on your 2nd shot or be prepared to put another ball in play. The 2nd is a driveable par 3. Yes, you read that right at 230+ yards do not be ashamed to hit your driver. If you are going to make hay, best start doing it on 3 and 4. The 3rd hole is a reachable par 5. Slight dogleg right, with bunkers on the right side in the landing zone and a water hazard on the right protecting the green. The 4th is a short par 4, pick your best wedge distance in for your tee shot. The par 5 5th is rated the #1 handicap. A sharp dogleg left that defies you to bite off more than you can chew. Doral markets the Red Tiger as having 2 island greens, 6 and 14, but where I am from the 5th is a lot more island than the 14th. Regardless, 3 decent shots will give you a good birdie oppty. The 6th, 11th and 16th are your typical Florida par 3s with a carry over water. (even though the 14th is marketed as an island) The 7th-9th are yawners with some water, but what you see is what you get.
The par 5 10th is an interesting hole. If you are long and brave you can get home in two with a long carry over water. For the rest of us, just play smart. The 12th is another par 5 and at 485 yards not sure how it ended up with the number 2 handicap rating. Yes, there are some bunkers right and some water left and the green is well protected, but, it is 485 yards! The 13th is a good birdie oppty. One of the more intimidating tee shots with water left and right, but there is plenty of landing area. The par 4 15th will require two good shots to reach the green. Water all the way down the left with two bunkers protecting the right side of the fairway. The 17th is another birdie oppty. Short par four with water right, choose your favorite wedge distance off the tee. The closing hole is a par 5 with water left and right off the tee. There are actually fairway bunkers that can come into play, right off the tee and down the left side for subsequent shots.
I got the distinct feeling this course was squeezed in. Of course, as a redesign, in a contained space, there was only so much Hanse could do. Save your $$ go to Crandon Park