Inside the course: Trump International Golf Club

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Trump International Golf Course will host the Puerto Rico Open for the fourth time this year.
March 06, 2011
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 4 (including 2011)
Course ranking Ranked 39 (out of 52) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2010
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
Derek Lamely
Year
2010
Round
3rd
Finish
WON
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Notah Begay III No. 6 2009
Greg Chalmers No. 16 2009
Jimmy Walker No. 11 2009
2010 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 455-yard 4th Hole 4 is a 455-yard Par 4 with water all along the right side that wraps around the green with a predominant left to right wind. Be sure to favor the left side of the fairway in order to have a better angle at the green which is well guarded by bunkers on the right side. The approach shot cannot be long because it will find the water hazard behind the green.
2010: 0 eagles, 30 birdies, 282 pars, 77 bogeys, 8 double bogeys, 1 other.
Easiest hole
The par-5 535-yard 5th No. 5 is a 535-yard Par 5 that plays into the wind. The tee shot must negotiate water on the left and right sides. The green can be reached in two by long hitters but must avoid the deep front right bunker. The green is deep with swales in the front and back.
2010: 11 eagles, 201 birdies, 175 pars, 10 bogeys, 1 double bogeys and 0 others.
Trump International2010 rankings Last 3 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 449 4.146 2 4.123 3
2 5 547 4.598 17 4.595 17
3 4 386 3.91 12 3.949 12
4 4 455 4.166 1 4.149 2
5 5 535 4.47 18 4.585 18
6 3 203 3.015 7 3.081 7
7 4 448 4.02 6 4.097 4
8 3 236 3.033 5 3.092 5
9 4 450 3.907 13 3.967 11
10 4 430 3.932 11 3.906 14
11 3 192 3.015 7 3.086 6
12 4 465 3.97 9 4.037 9
13 4 410 4.068 4 4.073 8
14 4 477 4.138 3 4.199 1
15 5 600 4.696 16 4.819 15
16 3 202 2.96 10 3.021 10
17 4 411 3.852 15 3.909 13
18 5 630 4.879 14 4.789 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 fourth Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.

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