Trump National Doral made over for championship weekend

By Todd Tongen, Reporter, Anchor, ttongen@Local10.com
Published On: Feb 26 2014 05:48:55 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 26 2014 06:13:19 PM EST
MIAMI -

Things are shaking at Trump National Doral.

"This golf course and resort is looking at an over $250 million renovation," said Eddie Carbone, director of the Cadillac Championship.

With the Cadillac Championship weekend just days away and the world's top golfers set to play a newly redesigned "Blue Monster" for the first time, there is no doubt Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops, even signing on New York's No. 1 steak house BLT Prime.

"Our hope is that instead of people coming off the golf course and heading in to South Beach that we are going to give them a reason to stay on the property here," said Keith Treyball with BLT Prime.

This year the food at the venue will be very upscale both in and out of the clubhouse.

"You can't get any better than this," said Don Shula, former Miami Dolphins head coach. "The best golf that you can have and Donald Trump down here."

Shula doesn't put his name on just anything and he has signed up his Shula Burger franchise to feed the fans.

Seven of South Florida's finest food trucks will roll in to give the gallery a gourmet meal on the go because these days it is more than just a golf tournament.

"So there is something to do beyond just watching the golf," Carbone said. "You can sample the great food and spirits and also see some exciting entertainment after golf."

The viewing tents and hospitality tents are already up and ready. The golf course is in pristine condition, ready for golfers on Cadillac Championship weekend. Even a fountain that Trump imported from Florence, Italy, will be on the grounds.

But just outside the clubhouse there are still hundreds of workers scrambling to get everything ready in time for the tournament, pouring concrete, cutting tile and landscaping. In typical Trump style, they calmly and coolly said they will be ready.

"We are 100-percent confident of that," Carbone said.

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