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A chance to play the Tiger tees... really.

Posted by Ron Driscoll, Globe Travel Staff  June 10, 2008 01:57 PM

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Can you stand the heat the past few days? Well, it is probably comparable to what you would run across in Florida this summer... my point being that a famed PGA Tour course in the doralblogpicA.jpgSunshine State is offering a series of deals to play its hallowed ground this summer at greatly reduced rates. Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, the home of a World Golf Championship event won by Geoff Ogilvy and Tiger Woods the past two years, has three events planned that will likely leave most players begging Doral’s famed Blue Monster course for mercy. The first is the Summer Solstice Slam on Wednesday, June 18, the longest day of the year. From dawn to dusk, golfers can play 54 holes on Doral’s Blue Monster and Great White courses with food and beverage provided (think hydration!!) for $175 per person. That is a savings of more than 50 percent over regular greens fees on those courses. OK, so maybe a three-round day on demanding courses isn’t your idea of fun. Doral will also host the Blue/White Aggregate Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 28, where players can take on the Blue Monster and the Great White in one day for $150, including continental breakfast and lunch, a savings of 60 percent over regular rates. Prizes awarded at this event will include a three-day/two-night Doral golf package for two, complimentary tee times for four on the Blue Monster and Great White courses, and gift certificates for closest to the pin, longest drive, and most improved score. Finally, on Blue Monster Day, Monday, Sept. 29, golfers will have the chance to play the tournament course from the pro tees, with a chance to “Beat the Pro” on the 9th hole, a 169-yard par 3 over water, of course (why do you think they call it the Blue Monster?). When you play No. 18, a 467-yard par 4 (shown above), you will be tackling what has ranked statistically as the toughest hole on the PGA Tour two of the past four years. Might be a good idea to bring your “A” game. Room rates start at $149 per night. For more information, go here or call (800) 71-DORAL.

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