Inside the course: Trump International Golf Club

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Trump International Golf Course will host the Puerto Rico Open for the third time this year.
March 08, 2010
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 3 (including 2010)
Course ranking Ranked 31 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2009
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
Player Hole Year
Notah Begay III No. 6 2009
Greg Chalmers No. 16 2009
Jimmy Walker No. 11 2009
2009 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 477-yard 14th Hole No. 14, which plays into the wind, is a 459-yard par 4 and the No.1 handicap hole on the course. Avoid bunkers left and right of the fairway; also be prepared to use a wood for your second shot. Four is a great score for this hole.
2009: 0 eagles, 25 birdies, 272 pars, 105 bogeys, 11 double bogeys, 2 other.
Easiest hole
The par-5 547-yard 2nd Hole No. 2 is a 547-yard par 5 with the prevailing wind blowing from the left. A well-struck tee shot will find the middle of the fairway in between the two bunkers. From there the green is reachable in two, but be aware of the small and well protected green.
2009: 10 eagles, 192 birdies, 184 pars, 26 bogeys, 3 double bogey and 0 others.
Trump International2009 rankings Last 2 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
2 5 547 4.566 18 4.594 18
3 4 386 4.01 12 3.968 12
4 4 455 4.13 3 4.140 2
5 5 535 4.648 17 4.640 17
6 3 203 3.024 9 3.113 6
7 4 448 4.171 2 4.133 3
8 3 236 3.048 8 3.120 5
9 4 450 4.019 10 3.995 11
10 4 430 3.925 13 3.893 14
11 3 192 3.111 4 3.120 4
12 4 465 4.087 6 4.068 9
13 4 410 4.092 5 4.076 8
14 4 477 4.26 1 4.228 1
15 5 600 4.802 15 4.878 15
16 3 202 3.012 11 3.050 10
17 4 411 3.904 14 3.936 13
18 5 630 4.735 16 4.746 16
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 68 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 third Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.

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