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Another Trump En-Hanse-ment

Lost in all the hullabaloo over the redesigned Blue Monster and this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship is the fact that Gil Hanse is working on another project for Donald Trump in Dubai—the first new course there in five years. Though Trump won’t actually own the club—he’ll brand and manage the course for a 25-year lease—Trump International, Dubai, will be the 21st course in his growing portfolio, following his recent purchase of Doonbeg. The layout, set to open officially next spring, will anchor a high-end masterplanned community, Akoya Park, being developed by Damac Properties, which took over a mothballed development where the land had been cleared. Damac already had hired an architect to build the course, but when Trump got involved, he insisted on Hanse, who just returned from the site where grassing is already underway. Unlike so many other Augusta-like designs there, the design will appear more natural with the area’s rolling sand dunes a focal point of the design. Trump Dubai is not far from Tiger Woods’ defunct design, which Hanse toured out of curiosity.

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