Inside the course: Trump International Golf Club

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Trump International Golf Course will host the Puerto Rico Open for the second time this year.
March 08, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent David F. Russell
Original architect Tom Kite (2004)
Redesign Tom Kite (2007-2008)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 2 (including 2009)
Course ranking Ranked 31 (out of 54) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2008
Yardage history 7,569 (2008-present)
Grass Paspalum (tees); Salam paspalum (rough, fairways); Sea Dwarf paspalum(greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 62
Water hazards 18
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Course record
Player
Bo Van Pelt
Year
2008
Round
1st
Finish
T2
Holes-in-one
There have been no aces recorded during the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
2008 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 467-yard 18th Hole No. 18 is a 630-yard par 5 and a great finishing hole bordering the "ensenada" bay, that plays downwind. The two fairway bunkers on the right are very much in play off the tee, so favor the left side. Do not miss judege the distance on the approach shot, as recovery shots from behind the green can be very costly.
2008: 0 eagles, 31 birdies, 185 pars, 72 bogeys, 24 double bogeys, 1 other.
Easiest hole
The par-5 529-yard 1st Hole No. 1 is a 474-yard par 4 to begin with that plays into a left to right wind. Two big bunkers protect the left side of the fairway. The green is two tiered and slopes from right to left.
2008: 15 eagles, 181 birdies, 107 pars, 9 bogeys, 1 double bogey and 0 others.
Trump International Golf Club: 2008 hole rankings
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank
1 5 529 4.361 18
2 4 376 3.891 12
3 4 438 4.227 4
4 3 236 3.259 3
5 4 394 3.853 13
6 4 442 3.990 8
7 4 428 3.987 9
8 5 560 4.652 17
9 3 169 3.003 6
10 5 551 4.776 15
11 4 402 4.000 7
12 5 603 4.748 16
13 3 245 3.297 2
14 4 460 4.016 5
15 3 175 2.955 10
16 4 372 3.834 14
17 4 419 3.891 11
18 4 467 4.297 1
Note: 2008 was the first playing of the Puerto Rico Open, so there are no previous rankings to compare.
Course origins
Before the involvement with the Trump organization, the golf course was designed as four different nine-hole courses. The Palms
Course was built through the wetland area. While the Palms is very flat and tight, the Mountain nine has a lot of elevation changes and great views of the ocean.
The Lakes and Ocean courses are also flat with many water hazards and features. The Lakes and Ocean courses have been combined to form the Championship Course, while the Palms and Mountain courses are now the International Course.
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Trump International Golf Club Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 2008-present

While 80 guys will battle it out in the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, the rest of the TOUR will head south to sunny Puerto Rico for the second Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.

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