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The Biltmore Hotel Miami Announces Restoration of its Historic Golf Course
The multi-million dollar project will restore the grounds to the original grandeur of the 1925 Donald Ross-designed golf course
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 2, 2018) – The Biltmore Hotel, a national historic landmark established in 1926 and iconic luxury hotel in the heart of the exclusive area of Coral Gables, announced its plans to restore its 18-hole, 71-par golf course to the original grandeur of the 1925 Donald Ross-designed Biltmore Golf Course. The 2.5 million-dollar project will commence on July 5th when the golf course grounds close, and is anticipated to re-open in December-2018.
“The ultimate goal of restoring the golf course is to make the intended-Donald Ross design an authentic experience for today’s sophisticated golfer, while still allowing for the average player to enjoy this spectacular course,” says Bob Coman, Director of Golf at the Biltmore Hotel.
As one of only nine Donald Ross designed golf courses in the top-100 golf courses in the U.S., veteran golf course architect Brian Silva will oversee this restoration project; which will add new Bermuda grass on the existing tees, fairways & greens, incorporate new bunkers, enhance both the short-game practice as well as range areas, establish challenging signature holes, and extend the overall course length to over 7,100 yards making it worthy of championship level play.
“The original 1925 Donald Ross course routing plan demonstrates a greater number of bunkers than now exists on the course. The additional new bunkers will provide more ‘movement’ to fairways that have more twists and turns as it works its way from the tee to the green into the hole. This movement has great impact on both aesthetics as well as the strategic playing interest of the golf course,” said Mr. Silva. “Reacting to this movement, the more accomplished players can take the risky route to shorten the distance from tee to green; which is the ultimate litmus test for a good golf course. And, such a course will maintain the playing interest of the accomplished player while still being entirely manageable for the leisurely player.”
Also of note, while the Biltmore golf course is currently home to the University of Miami Women’s golf team and the NCAA Hurricane invitational, in January 2018 it also became the headquarters for the Jim McLean Golf School and is being considered as a potential host site for a future PGA-Champions Tour event. These developments, coupled with the fact that for fifty-four (54) consecutive years the Biltmore golf course has been the annual host site to the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship for boys and girls, proves that some of the top golfers competes at this course. In fact, the Championship event boasts an impressive alumni list including Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Mark Calcavecchia, Jim Simon, Gary Koch, Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, In-Bee Park, Grace Park, Christie Kerr, Kelli Booth and Michelle McGann; which is appropriate given the Biltmore golf course was once the mecca for golf in South Florida – in that the Miami Biltmore/Coral Gables Open Invitational was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1931 to 1937, and from 1959 to 1962.
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About The Biltmore Hotel
Graced with effortless beauty and sophistication since its establishment in 1926, The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area with close proximity to Miami Beach and downtown Miami. The 275-room resort resembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers an 18-hole, 71-par Donald Ross championship golf course, tennis courts, the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas, a European spa, and an award-winning fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations include the award-winning Palme d’Or, recognized by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding The Biltmore courtyard and fountain; the poolside Cascade and the 19th Hole Golf restaurant. The hotel also boasts a culinary academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s preferred sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings, public policy conferences, and an extraordinary wedding destination. The Biltmore is also a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.BiltmoreHotel.com or call (800) 727-1926.
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