The Doral Resort and Spa in Miami has long been known for the Blue Monster golf course and luxury living, pretty much in that order.
The resort is adding something to that luxury component, in the form of new luxury resort hotel condominiums, known as The Blue. Construction is already underway, with the first phase expected to be finished by late summer in 2007.
The first phase includes 64 units. The final project calls for a total of 240 condos, which are expected to be built in two years.
Already, half the "prime fairway living" units have been sold, "based primarily on buyers understanding the value of the location ... " said Jerry Kaufman, managing member of The Blue's development.
All the condos will be built around the 12th and 13th fairways of the Blue Monster, one of five courses at the resort. The Blue Monster has hosted a PGA Tour event for the last 40 years and is the third-oldest stop on tour. But, the Ford Championship at Doral will not be on the schedule after this year.
In its place will be the World Golf Championship, scheduled for March 22-25 in 2007. The WGC features the top 50 players from the official world golf rankings along with the top finishers on the money list of six tours: the PGA, European, Australian, Japan, Asian and South Africa.
The Blue Monster was originally designed by Dick Wilson and later restored by Raymond Floyd. Its 18th hole is one of the most recognizable finishing holes on the tour.
The Kaufman Organization, which has five developments planned or underway in south Florida, is the builder.
Prices for the condos range from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Each unit will have streamlined interiors, hardwood floors and a temporary decor designed with "light hues and natural undertones," according to the builders.
Room amenities are to include 42-inch plasma televisions with surround-sound, high-speed Internet access, integrated state-of-the-art phone system and a computerized lighting/air conditioning and heat system.
Kitchens will include granite countertops and Italian-styled cabinets. Bathrooms will be built with marble floors, granite countertops and over-sized marble showers with frameless glass doors.
Owners and guests will have use of the clubhouse with its fully-equipped fitness center and restaurant, pool area with private cabanas, poolside massage, business center, lobby bar, in-room chef upon request, library and concierge service.
Owners at The Blue will also be granted access to Doral's five golf courses, restaurants and lounges. The resort's other courses include the Great White, designed by three-time Doral winner Greg Norman, with more than 200 Scottish-style bunkers, and the Gold, Red and Silver courses.
Doral is a Marriott resort, sitting on 650 acres, with 90,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. Marriott officials said they said to spend $10 million in the next few years in renovations to the courses.
August 22, 2006