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CONTENTS 06 WELCOME A few words from General Manager Paige 34 GATHERINGS Doral creates extraordinary celebrations Koerbel.

and meetings.


37 THE SPA AT DORAL Renew, relax, refresh, rejuvenate at The Spa.

ROYAL TREATMENT Golf reigns at Doral, but the resort offers much more.

10 GOLDEN LEGACY Alfred Kaskel’s golf resort was called 39 PRITIKIN LONGEVITY CENTER Develop healthful his folly – until Doral debuted.

habits for a lifetime.

14 GOLF Choose your challenge, be it Blue, White, Gold, Red or the Jim McLean.

41 AT YOUR SERVICE Meet a few of the associates who make your stay their priority.

19 GOLF SCHOOL The Jim McLean Golf School helps sharpen your game.

48 THE CLUB AT DORAL Members take advantage of all the resort has to offer.

21 50 YEARS OF THE OPEN Memorable moments in the 50 PGA tournaments at Doral.

23 RECREATION Discover the fitness center, pools, jogging trail, tennis and Camp Doral.

STEPPING OUT Find a wealth of activities, arts and culture just minutes away.

53 THE CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS Top dining choices throughout the Miami area.

26 DINING Satisfy your appetite at Doral’s selection of fine 56 eateries and bars.

30 A TASTE OF DORAL Chefs and mixologists offer a few favorite recipes.


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SHOP DORAL The resort offers a fine collection of stores and boutiques.

PUBLISHING AND EDITORIAL Mark Gauert Editor & Publisher Lori Jacoby Associate Publisher Anderson Greene Art Director/ Designer Elyse Ranart Fashion and Style Director Elizabeth Rahe Contributing Editor ADVERTISING Valerie Chocron Holly Svekis Account Executives Larry Schwingel Special Sections Writer PRODUCTION Slade Wentworth Production Manager Christine Palermo-Wallach Print Production Manager Shawn T. Lee Senior Prepress Operations Manager

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE that I welcome you to the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort. This is a wonderful time for your visit as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary through 2012. Since 1962, when Alfred and Doris Kaskel (whose names combine to create Doral) opened the Doral Hotel and Country Club, the resort has welcomed guests seeking world-class golf and exceptional hospitality. On the pages of Doral magazine, you will discover how we have embraced and built upon that legacy, not only with our five championship golf courses, but also our collection of fine restaurants, our many retail outlets as well as the recently renovated Spa at Doral. You also will meet some of our extraordinary associates, from the bellman who first welcomes you, to the chef who prepares your omelet, to the team member who gets you out on the course. As with all of our associates, they are dedicated to exceeding your expectations for hospitality and service. We join together in inviting you to explore all the resort has to offer – and to become part of the continuing legacy of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Enjoy your stay, and hit them straight!

Paige Koerbel

Anna Pizzoferrato Creative Designer Barry Monroe Operations Manager


Doral MaGaZINE is a puBLiCatiOn OF CIty & ShorE MagazinE City & Shore is published bimonthly by the Sun Sentinel Co., 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, Copyright Š 2011-12 by the Sun Sentinel Co. Material may not be reproduced without written permission.

C o n t R i bu toR s Elizabeth Rahe is the writer for Doral magazine. she is a former South Florida Sun Sentinel editor. Ginny Dixon photographed the profiles beginning on page 41.


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ROYAL TREATMENT At the Kingdom of Golf, the game is hospitality, and Doral plays it to a tee

NINETY HOLES of championship golf, 650 acres of subtropical landscape, 693 spacious guest rooms and suites, 100,000 square feet of event space, five restaurants and bars, four pool areas, one top golf school and one world-class spa. Even by the numbers alone, Marriott’s Doral Golf Resort & Spa looks impressive. The resort’s half-century of tradition adds another intriguing dimension. “We have a unique history and a unique setting here at Doral,” says General Manager Paige Koerbel. “We had our 50th PGA tournament in March, hosting the world’s top players. Plus, we have a vast array of golf courses for our guests to enjoy – the same courses played by legendary golfers and celebrities alike.” Often referred to as the Kingdom of Golf, Doral’s five courses offer all levels of play and a variety of styles, including the famous TPC Blue Monster and Greg Norman’s Great White desert-style course. Jim McLean lends his expertise not only in his golf school at Doral but also in his challenging signature course. However, there is more to Doral than golf. The resort is also home to The Spa at Doral, the Pritikin Longevity Center, a newly renovated fitness center overlooking the 18th green of the Blue Monster, numerous retail outlets, and great dining and entertainment spots, including Mesazul Steakhouse and Bossa Nova Lounge. Factor in the exciting South Florida location with unrivaled Marriott hospitality, and it’s easy to see why Doral is in a class – or perhaps a kingdom – by itself. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


Opened in 1962, Doral Hotel and Country Club was immediately a golfer’s paradise.


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Once called Alfred Kaskel’s Folly, Doral became his golden legacy LEGEND HAS IT that Doral owes its existence to Alfred Kaskel’s frustration in trying to get a tee time at a busy beach-side golf course. That aggravation – along with a vision the New York developer had for 2,400 undeveloped acres west of Miami – led to the creation of a legendary hotel and country club. Alfred and his wife, Doris, chose to name it Doral, a combination of their names. “The Miami Herald called the project Kaskel’s Folly,” says Golf Sales Manager Ryan Hershberger, who has made it his mission to learn the history of Doral. “There was nothing out west except dairy farms and sporadic houses, and there was one road leading to the resort.” Doral Hotel and Country Club opened in 1962 with six lodges, a clubhouse and three golf courses. It was a family resort that required proper attire at dinner – jackets for the gentlemen and dresses for the ladies. Guests enjoyed entertainment from comedians and musicians. However, golf was always its primary purpose. The Kaskels had hired acclaimed golf architect Dick Wilson to design what is now the TPC Blue Monster as well as the Red Course. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


1967 Doral Open winner Doug Sanders receives his check from Jackie Gleason as Howard Kaskel and Alfred Kaskel enjoy the moment.

“Mr. Wilson created a lasting legacy,” Hershberger says. “He transformed the flat land of Florida into a great piece of artwork.” The Kaskels took the risk of bringing the PGA tour to the newly opened property – a tradition that continues to this day. The Doral Country Club Open Invitational kicked off in 1962, with a field that included Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and 22-year-old Jack Nicklaus. Alfred Kaskel offered incentives to sportswriters, who were in South Florida for spring training, to cover the event. Billy Casper topped the leaderboard, walking away with $9,000. The tournament’s $50,000 purse was the highest ever. Soon friends Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason were dropping by, playing golf, staying at the resort – and drawing media attention. They headline a long list of celebrities who have been guests at Doral, including Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Namath, Jack Nicklaus, Andy Bean, Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, to name just a few. In 1970 the Kaskel family also enlisted Arthur Ashe to become the director of tennis. Ashe, who was a touring pro, had a house along one of the courses in the mid-’80s, Hershberger says. In 1991 they hired Jim McLean as the director of golf. Two years later McLean established the Jim McLean Golf School, now one of the world’s top teaching facilities and the flagship property for his 10 schools around the globe. Over the years the Kaskels added charming features to the property, which have stood the test of time. Alfred Kaskel fancied a fountain from 12

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the 1964 New York World’s Fair and had it installed outside the clubhouse. After travels to France’s Palace of Versailles, he had a formal garden created, as well. When he deemed the wall to the garden too high, he reportedly got on a bulldozer, tore the wall down and had it rebuilt. When Kaskel realized that pros were hitting over a lake to avoid a course dogleg, he ordered eight coconut palms planted overnight, according to a 1967 story in Sports Illustrated. “The next day George Bayer, one of the longer hitters, looked out at the palms in bewilderment and asked his caddie, ‘Those trees weren’t here yesterday, were they? ‘Things grow pretty fast down here, sir,’ ” answered the caddie. For the Saturnia International Spa Resort, opened in 1987, the family imported the golden art deco staircase from the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, which still graces The Spa at Doral. Throughout its history the resort has undergone many renovations and improvements. KSL Recreation Corporation acquired the property in 1993, renamed it the Doral Golf Resort & Spa and invested $30 million in renovations, including the redesign of the Blue and Gold courses by Raymond Floyd and the addition of the Blue Lagoon Pool. In 2000 Greg Norman’s Great White Course debuted, featuring a desert-style design lined with coquina (crushed shells) and hundreds of palm trees. In 2004 Doral Golf Resort & Spa became a part of the Marriott portfolio. Under Marriott management the resort has undergone more than $60 million in enhancements, including the addition of the 24,000-square-foot Legends Ballroom in 2007 and the Jim

New York developer Alfred Kaskel oversees the construction of Doral, circa 1960.

McLean Signature Course in 2009. Other recent improvements have included the renovation of The Spa at Doral and the addition of The Pritikin Longevity Center, the opening of Mesazul Steakhouse and Bossa Nova Lounge and the renovation of the lodges. In addition, The Great White and Gold courses have been enhanced with TifEagle greens. Over the past half-century, a city grew up around Doral, even adopting its name. As the resort developed, the PGA tournament it hosted also grew in prestige. The open tournaments, played through 2006, were festive events, with four days of pro-am contests that drew a host of celebrities. The tournament opened with a New World Symphony concert, at first playing in the Grand Ballroom and later from a stage on the lake at the Blue Monster’s 18th green. Ron Reidway, who has been working for Golf Bag Services since 1979, recalls the excitement. “We had a celebrity dinner on Wednesday night, and I had the good fortune to be invited five or six times. I got to see Michael Jordan, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton. That’s a rich part of the history of the tournament.” He also remembers regular attendees Leslie Nielson and Tom Smothers coming down to get their caddies and entertaining the staff and guests. “Tommy Smothers did his Yo-Yo Man routine. He was hilarious.” In 2007 the World Golf Championships took the place of the Doral Open, drawing the world’s top money-making pros to a no-cut tournament. Over the years, the prize money for the tournament has ballooned. Billy Casper’s $9,000 from ’62 seems a pittance compared with Nick Watney’s $1.4 million prize in the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

That tournament marked the 50 th consecutive PGA stop at Doral, and the first event celebrating the resort’s golden jubilee, which culminates in 2012. Not a bad run for Kaskel’s Folly. The Kaskel family enlisted Arthur Ashe to be Doral’s tennis pro.

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The 10th hole of the TPC Blue Monster is as beautiful as it is challenging.


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Tradition, innovation and dedication keep golfers coming back for more DORAL DIRECTOR of Golf Nathan Stith enjoys the challenge and excitement of hosting the WGC Championship each spring. Then he and his staff focus their efforts on serving golfers the other 51 weeks of the year. “We’re really all about the 51 weeks, about creating a home away from home for our friends,” Stith says. “And if you are a golfer, and you have a passion for the game, you’re our friend.” It’s a testament to the Golf Operation team members that groups return to Doral year after year, he says. “We have groups who have been coming back for as many as 44 years in a row,” he says. It takes about 150 associates to pull off all those rounds of golf, including golf shop team members, golf bag services attendants, starters, rangers and caddies, not to mention about 100 groundskeepers. The Golf Operations team includes a good number of longtime associates – familiar faces to Doral regulars, Stith says. Golf Bag Services aces Stephen Bradley, a 33-year Doral veteran, and Ron Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


The 18th hole of the TPC Blue Monster lives up to its name. Reidway, a 32-year associate, get golfers set up with carts and golf bags in the morning, and they are amazing at remembering names, he adds. “Because of guys like Steve and Ron, it’s easy to create a great experience for our guests. They don’t get high-fives and handshakes, they get hugs.” Repeat guests are also drawn by the variety of the resort’s five championship courses, designed by great architects and updated to the latest standards. “That’s one of the best features of Doral,” Stith says. “There’s never a dull moment. Most people play at least three or four of the courses. If they have time, they play all five.” There is something for every golfer in the collection, he says, offering his quick assessment: ■ “The TPC Blue Monster is the greatest test for most golfers because of the length of the rough and the demanding large bunkers. Holes 3 and 18 are traditionally ranked in the top 10 most difficult holes on the PGA Tour.” ■ “Greg Norman’s Great White is unique because it has zero rough. The dominant theme is the coquina shell landscape, which plays as waste areas. With hundreds of palm trees, it’s a very scenic course, but the 16

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palms don’t do much to break the South Florida winds.” ■ “The par-70 Jim McLean Signature Course is a favorite for many golfers. It features five tees, and it’s very important to pick the right tee box to play from. The 14th hole is one of the coolest on the property, a true island green that reminds players of the TPC Sawgrass 17th hole.” ■ “The Gold Course is a traditional resort course. It’s very fair and playable with a good amount of water. You can have a lot of fun on it.” ■ “The Red Course has the shortest distance, but also the smallest greens, so it requires precise shot-making.” For Stith, a PGA golf professional, the Great White offers the toughest challenge. “It has some of the most difficult par-3s on the property.” He also cites the South Florida winds, which add difficulty to all of Doral’s courses, but especially the desert-style Great White. He manages to play once or twice a month from January through April, a good bit more from May through December. It’s one of his more pleasant duties. “I play enough to sample the waters, make sure everything is up to par – but not so much that people think I’m not doing my job.”

Doral’s expansive clubhouse provides an impressive backdrop for putting practice.

CHAMPIONSHIP QUINTET Doral’s diverse golf courses offer challenge at every level

CHECK OUT the wide variety of play and personality offered by Doral’s five championship courses. For tee time reservations, call internal ext. 2333 or 800-71-DORAL, or visit Check the website for packages, promotions and specials.

THE TPC BLUE MONSTER COURSE Yardage 7,356, Rating 76.9, Slope 146

Home of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, the TPC Blue Monster has hosted a prestigious PGA Tour event for the past 50 years. Virtually every great name in golf has challenged its long fairways, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards and deep Bermuda rough. Originally designed by noted architect Dick Wilson, the Blue Monster has been modified and updated over the past two decades by three-time Doral Champion and hall-of-famer Raymond Floyd and world-renowned golf Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


The Gold Course features water surrounding 16 holes. instructor Jim McLean. Most recently, the greens and bunkers were modernized under PGA Tour supervision for the WGC Championship, which moved to Doral in 2007. The famous par-4, 467-yard 18th, with its signature fountain, was ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 Holes in the World.

THE GREAT WHITE COURSE Yardage 7,171, Rating 75.1, Slope 143

Designed by Greg Norman as an artistic desert-landscape course, the Great White incorporates coquina – crushed shells – as the primary design element on every hole. Norman blended strategically demanding fairways with hundreds of majestic palm trees. Water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes, which makes for challenging and picturesque play. The Great White was rated as the best new golf course of 2000 by the National Golf Foundation. In 2005 it was enhanced by the redesign of the 6th and 15th holes, as well as all bunkers, plus the addition of native grasses. Recently, it was updated with TifEagle Bermuda greens. It is enjoyable for the high handicap player as well as the more accomplished golfer.

THE JIM MCLEAN SIGNATURE COURSE Yardage: 7,105, Rating 75.6, Slope 153

5001 NW 104th Ave., Doral. Contact: 305-477-1906. (The Jim McLean Golf School is also on site.)


Yardage: 6,639, Rating 72.5, Slope 133

PGA Tour legend Raymond Floyd redesigned this course to follow a traditional Florida layout, incorporating gently contoured greens, strategic bunkering and water surrounding 16 holes. The course features narrow, tree-lined fairways and finishes with a dramatic par-4 island green on the 18th hole. The greens recently were renovated with Tif Eagle Bermuda Grass.


Yardage: 6,101, Rating 69.4, Slope 131

The Red Course forces golfers to use strategy and shot placement, rather than explosive tee shots. Featuring 14 water holes with fairways winding around several lakes, the course provides great beauty and challenge, without intimidating length. Unique to the Red Course are two island greens at No. 6 and No. 14. This course is often the site of corporate tournaments, as it promises a fair test of golf at any level of play.

The Jim McLean Signature Course presents three of the toughest starting PUTTING GREEN & DRIvING RANGE The putting green is located just outside the clubhouse, between the 1st tee holes in golf and The Bermuda Triangle of the 13th through 15th holes. and the 18th green of the TPC Blue Monster. The driving range is just past Five sets of tees let golfers from novices to champions decide how difficult the 10th tee of the Blue, facing the Jim McLean Golf School. In addition, they want the course to be. No matter where they start, players will finish the Red/Gold 1st tee and Great White 1st tee also have putting greens for with a sense of accomplishment. The Jim McLean Signature Course is a last-minute warm up. just 10 minutes from the resort. Hotel guests may take a shuttle from the hotel lobby or drive directly. Complimentary self parking is available at *Yardage, slope & rating from the tips.


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Jim McLean kneels to analyze a golfer’s putting technique.

SWING SHIFT The Jim McLean Golf School at Doral sharpens the game

FROM BEGINNERS to PGA professionals, the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort & Spa has improved the game of thousands of players in the past 20 years, and with good reason. Owner Jim McLean is currently ranked No. 4 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 50 Greatest Teachers, and his school, which has 10 locations worldwide, consistently ranks among the top golf schools in America. A respected authority on the golf swing, McLean says he hires only top teachers, who undergo intense and continual training in his system, which is the result of more than 40 years of research. However, he says his approach boils down to a simple three-step plan:

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Instructors supervise young golfers as they practice their bunker shots.

“First, what am I doing now, today, on this date? What exactly am I doing? Second, what should I do instead? And third, how do I make the change?” McLean says. “Every instructor goes through this simple process with every student as we make necessary changes.” Of course, working through that process requires the assistance of trained professionals who can dissect a golfer’s form and mechanics. The school at Doral has 25 pros and three high-tech TrackMans, used to analyze 22 swing and ball-flight parameters. Armed with this knowledge, the instructor devises a custom practice plan to strengthen a player’s weak areas and take advantage of strengths. McLean offers a wide range of programs at the school’s state-of-the-art facility, including private lessons, weekend and weekday golf schools, corporate clinics, group instruction, summer junior golf camps, summer and holiday junior elite golf schools and after-school junior programs. Golf School Coordinator Mitch Meyers says the Jim McLean System works for every golfer, regardless of experience. “Our instructors are experts in adapting Jim’s System to fit your goals and expectations,” Meyers says. “Take a one-hour lesson from a Jim McLean instructor, and you will immediately see why we are the No. 1 Golf School in America.” Jim McLean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Miami, 305-591-6409 or 800-72DORAL, or for Doral Junior Golf, Full-service club fitting and club building available. Open Mon. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 20

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Computerized swing analysis helps instructors devise practice strategies.

Jim McLean’s principles of golf instruction have been published in books and on DVD, including The 8-Step Swing, X-Factor, The Slot Swing and The Building Block Approach (available via For more tips and an insider’s view on the world of golf, check out McLean’s blog at

1990 Doral Ryder Open winner Greg Norman discusses golf balls with his caddy.


By Jeff Shain, Orlando Sentinel “THIS IS A MONSTER … a blue monster.” And with those words, Frank Strafaci dubbed a legend. Doral Golf Resort’s first director of golf had watched as the entrants of the inaugural Doral Country Club Open played the water-lined 18th in a combined 104over par for the week. Five decades later, the hole remains one of the most intimidating on the PGA Tour. The TPC Blue Monster now claims the third-longest continuous service on the PGA Tour, offering five decades of history to sift through. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


Tennis pro Roger Federer and girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, join Tiger Woods during his practice round for the 2007 CA Championship at Doral.

FIRST DECADE (1962-71) Casper’s Comeback (1962) – The first Doral Country Club Open champion could have been Paul Bondeson, a junior contemporary of Jack Nicklaus who had earned all of $192.50 in 11 previous pro starts. Instead, Billy Casper stormed from four shots back with eight to play, winning a down-to-the-wire finish. The clincher came at No. 15, which Casper birdied to move in front as Bondeson double-bogeyed. Top player: Billy Casper, two wins, three top-10s - Not only was the Hall of Famer’s name first on the champions’ list, it was third as well, after he held off Nicklaus for a one-stroke triumph in 1964. Oddly, Casper only played Doral four times — never returning after tying for 29th in 1965.

SECOND DECADE (1972-81) Chipping down Nicklaus (1980) – With Jack Nicklaus in position to end a 20-month victory drought, Raymond Floyd chipped in from a thick greenside rough for a stunning playoff victory. Floyd, a Miami Beach resident, made up a three-shot deficit with a 6-under-par 66, then dodged a bullet when Nicklaus missed a 12-foot birdie on the first extra hole. The scenario was similarly dicey at No. 16, but Floyd turned the tables when his chip went down. Nicklaus missed a 6-foot birdie. Top player: Jack Nicklaus, two wins, three runner-ups – A South Florida resident by this time, Nicklaus was in the midst of a run – he never finished outside the top 20 in his first 16 Doral visits. Winner in 1972 and ’75, he was just as compelling in losses to Tom Weiskopf (1978) and Floyd.

THIRD DECADE (1982-91) Stormin’ Norman (1990) – If a Blue Monster-record, 10-under-par 62 wasn’t enough excitement for a Sunday, Greg Norman capped his performance with a chip-in eagle to win a four-way playoff. It was the type of finish that had been handed to him twice in majors – the 1986 PGA (Bob Tway) and 1987 Masters (Larry Mize). Norman’s 62 allowed him to pass 22

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22 players and join the playoff with Mark Calcavecchia, Tim Simpson and Paul Azinger. Top player: Andy Bean, two wins, five top-11s – Victories in 1982 and ’86 allowed the Lakeland pro to become Doral’s first three-time Doral champion, having captured his first in 1977. Bean’s 1982 win began a five-year run in which he never finished lower than 11th, ending with a playoff victory over Hubert Green.

FOURTH DECADE (1992-01) Triumph from ashes (1992) – Two weeks before Doral, fire gutted Raymond Floyd’s stately 12,000-square-foot home on Biscayne Bay, torching 30 years worth of memorabilia from a Hall of Fame career. Encouraged by wife, Maria, to enter his hometown tournament, the 49-year-old pro wound up winning by two, ending a six-year winless streak. “Maybe adversity is what I need before I win,” Floyd said, “but I sure as hell don’t need another fire.” Top player: Greg Norman, two wins, five top-10s – Three years after his 62 broke the course record, Norman broke the 72-hole record with a 23-under-par 265. In 1996, a two-stroke victory allowed the Aussie to join Andy Bean as a three-time Doral champion.

FIFTH DECADE (2002-NOW) Duel at Doral (2005) – It had the feel of a heavyweight fight as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson went 18 electric holes with a crowd estimated at 35,000 shouting encouragement between shots. Woods moved in front with a 30-foot birdie at No. 17, then held his breath as Mickelson tried to chip in from off the 18th green. Lefty’s ball caught the cup’s rim but spun away. Top player: Tiger Woods, three wins, six top-10s – Woods was runner-up to Ernie Els in 2002, then didn’t put Doral on his schedule again for three years. When he did – a date conflict with Dubai finally abated – he won the final two Dorals under an open format and the first under the WGC umbrella.


1991 Doral Ryder Open winner Rocco Mediate, left, pauses under an umbrella to wait for the other golfers in his group.

1969 Doral Open Invitational winner Gardner Dickinson celebrates his win.

Blue Lagoon Pool is made for family fun.


Exercise your right to fun and fitness with resort recreations WHETHER YOUR taste runs to nonstop activities or more easy-going pursuits, the resort offers a range of recreation opportunities to suit you. The tough part is deciding which activity to hit first.

Camp Doral

Camp Doral’s full- and half-day programs keep children from 5-12 active and engaged – and having fun away from Mom and Dad. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, tug-of-war, karaoke, basketball, volleyball, indoor games, poolside bingo and much more. Full-day camp runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., half-day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Guests may arrange additional time beyond the set hours for an additional charge. A 24-hour advance notice is required for daily camp. Check-in for the full-day program runs from 9-9:30 a.m. only. Camp Doral is located in Blue Lagoon Pool at the bottom of the water slide. Call ext. 6329.

Water fun

Blue Lagoon Pool: With cascading waterfalls, two meandering pools, a 125-foot water slide, a whirlpool and a kiddie pool, Blue Lagoon Pool is the destination for family fun. Bungalou’s Bar & Grill serves up drinks and American favorites. Ping-pong and pool tables provide for poolside competition. Cabanas provide a comfortable home base for a day of water fun; call ext. 4055 for rental information. Spa-area pools: Three pools in and around The Spa at Doral present diverse adult swimming options. The pool and whirlpool just east of the spa terrace is a scenic setting for a swim or just lounging in the sun. Adjacent hot and cold massaging hydrofalls provide an invigorating experience. Cascades bar offers refreshing drinks and snacks poolside. The Spa at Doral also has an indoor saline pool and outdoor lap pool near the western entrance.

Jogging and walking

A 2.5-mile jogging trail begins just past the putting green, near the 18th hole of the TPC Blue Monster. It runs past the Jim McLean Golf School and loops back. For a lovely nature walk through the tropically landscaped grounds, head over to the boardwalk surrounding the Blue Lagoon near the entrance to the resort.

Fitness Center

Strength, flexibility, balance, nutrition, athletic performance – whatever your fitness goal, the Doral Fitness Center is the place to exercise it. Located north of Bossa Nova  at Main Lobby Level, the center features state-of-the-art equipment. High- and low-intensity cardiovascular machines include Arc Trainers, True Ellipticals, Star Track Treadmills and the Expresso Bike, a stationary spinner that offers multiple ride levels as well as a choice of virtual terrain on the screen. “One day you may take a ride along the cliffs of Northern California, and the next, a riverside park in New England,” says Miriam Chaname-Kelly, the resort’s Life Enhancement Senior Supervisor. The center, which overlooks the 18th green of the Blue Monster, also has a full circuit of Cybex strength equipment, free weights and Paramount Functional equipment. The TrueStretch Cage, which enables comprehensive flexibility training, is especially effective for the golf athlete. Guests may attend classes ($10 fee) at the new lower-level Fitness Studio, which also houses an indoor cycling room and a private personal training area.  Doral Fitness programming includes an extensive a-lacarte fitness service menu, featuring personal fitness evaluations, personal training sessions and nutrition guidelines. The cardio/weight training studio is open to adults 18 years and older; however,  club members and guests  16  and 17  years  old  are allowed  if supervised by an adult at all  times.  Open 24 hours a day, the center is accessed with a room key or club membership card.  Fitness Center Facility ext. 2185. For additional information on fitness classes or to book a fitness service, call the Wellness Office, ext. 4739.


Tennis Courts (four Har-Tru and three hard) are located at the Jim McLean Signature Course/Doral Park Country Club, 5001 NW 104 th Ave., Doral, 305-594-0465. A complimentary shuttle is available for hotel guests. Call ext. 6454. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


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When you escape to a destination like Doral Golf Resort & Spa, you’re not looking for just a good time—you want a time you’ll love. That’s why we’ve spent $16 million improving and upgrading our resort including luxurious new amenities, delicious dining at the all-new Bossa Nova Lounge and Mesazul Steakhouse, rejuvenating Pritikin Longevity Center and painstakingly renovated Jim McLean Signature Course. We’ve been doing what we love for fifty years, so come and experience all we have to offer. FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAMESM For more information or to plan your next visit, call 800.71.DORAL or visit

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From early-morning java and omelets to late-night mojitos and tapas, Doral presents a delectable menu of choices Mesazul WITH SOME 30 nationalities represented in the kitchen, authenticity is never a problem at Mesazul, Doral’s Latinaccented steakhouse. “When we find a dish we would like to offer, there is always someone who remembers it from their childhood,” says Doral Executive Chef Michael Lottermoser. “We go to them and say, ‘Show me how your mom made this.’ ” Under Peruvian-American Chef Elisa Valderrama, these classic dishes get contemporary twists, creating the restaurant’s modern comfort-food cuisine. Prime steaks and chops, for instance, are served with a trio of Argentinean chimichurri sauces. Slow-roasted chicken is infused with Cuban Mojo. Shrimp ceviche is prepared Ecuadorian-style, with roasted tomato, lime and cilantro. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


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Close to 200 varieties of wines in the glass-enclosed wine vault assure perfect pairings with any dish. Labels from South America and Spain anchor the list, which also includes a selection of New World wines. Side dishes include such steakhouse favorites as truffled mac and cheese, giant asparagus and sautéed mushrooms, plus Latin delights such as black beans and rice, rum-soaked maduros and yuca with garlic and olive oil. For dessert, Arroz con Leche with Dulce de Leche Fritters and Crème Brûlée Tasting (mango, coffee and vanilla bean) highlight tempting multinational choices, plus coffees, ports and dessert wines. In addition to dinner daily, Mesazul serves a bountiful executive lunch buffet on weekdays. Main Lobby level. Lunch buffet Mon.-Fri. noon-3 p.m. Steakhouse open daily 6 p.m.-10 p.m., ext. 6616.

Bossa Nova Lounge

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ceviches, flat-bread pizzas and tapas, such as a mini-Cuban sandwich trio and seared ahi tuna with arugula, avocado and roasted tomato. There are more substantial offerings, as well, such as the Bossa Nova burger with crispy garlic fries and pan-seared Florida grouper with saffron risotto. Liquid refreshment includes three dozen rums from 14 countries and several rum flights, plus intriguing specialty cocktails and pitchers of mojitos, sangrias and rum punch. A diverse selection of whites and reds by the glass and imported and domestic beers rounds out the menu. Live Latin and jazz music creates a festive mood nightly, inspiring guests to hit the dance floor with their salsa moves. Main Lobby level. Open daily 4 p.m.-12 a.m. daily. Live music from 8-11 p.m., ext. 6429.

Champions Bar & Grill

Champions serves up an American-casual lunch and dinner along with cocktails in a sunny dining room and patio overlooking the TPC Blue Monster course. Beneath framed photos depicting memorable moments from PGA tournaments, the restaurant offers appetizers, salads, burgers,

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clubhouse sandwiches, entrées and a full bar. For the health-conscious, the menu includes low-calorie, low-sodium offerings based on Pritikin guidelines, such as the Mediterranean vegetable wrap and grilled chicken breast and veggies. Lower Lobby level. Open daily for lunch and dinner 11 a.m.-midnight, cocktails until 1 a.m., ext. 2426.

Terrazza Restaurant & Cafe

Breakfast of champions is the specialty of Terrazza, which serves a morning buffet or an a la carte breakfast from 6 a.m. The made-to-order omelet station puts guests in charge of their morning egg cuisine. Lower Lobby level. Breakfast buffet Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-11 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m., ext. 6606.

Java Zone

At Java Zone, grab a cup of Starbucks or a quick bite to go, including bagels, pastries, yogurt, fruit, pre-made sandwiches and salads. Lower Lobby level. Open daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m., ext. 6606.

Bungalou’s Bar & Grill

Bungalou’s presides over the Blue Lagoon Pool, offering frozen drinks and cocktails and an American casual menu. At the Blue Lagoon Pool. Open daily for cocktails 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Food served until 4 p.m., ext. 4058.


Enjoy refreshing drinks and bar menu bites from Cascades as you enjoy the tranquility of The Spa pool. Just east of The Spa at Doral. Thurs.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., ext. 4897.

In-room dining

Prefer to stay in? The in-room dining menu offers a range of selections from Doral’s restaurants, from starters through desserts plus choice wines. Open daily 6 a.m.-midnight, ext. 2131.

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Michael Lottermoser, Executive Chef EXECUTIVE CHEF MICHAEL LOTTERMOSER’S career began with his sister’s words, “Hey, want to make $50?” Her boss, the owner of Scotch ‘N Sirloin restaurant, wanted help moving from his house. Michael agreed, and the house turned out to be a 15-room mansion on Skaneateles Lake near Syracuse, N.Y. He must have done a good job because the next day the owner told the general manager that he had to hire him. Soon Michael was on the line putting baked potatoes on the plates, and he worked his way up to grill chef. He was hooked, and got accepted at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation he moved to Chicago to open the Stouffer Riviere Hotel – now Marriott’s Renaissance Downtown Chicago Hotel – where he got great on-the-job training, working as a line cook, butcher, saucier, sous chef and then banquet chef. In 2002 he was promoted to executive chef at Miami’s Biscayne Bay Marriott, and two years later he accepted an executive chef position at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. When Doral Golf Resort & Spa joined the Marriott family in 2007, he jumped at the chance to become part of the team. “When I was growing up my mom and dad would drive my aunt’s car down to Miami every year, and she would fly them back to Syracuse. My aunt would take my dad to Doral to play golf, and I remember him talking about what a great hotel it was. I wanted nothing more than to be a part of the history of Doral.”


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Describe the style of your cuisine? My food is simple. I like to give classic dishes a contemporary twist. My mentor used to tell me, ‘You’re not Charlie Trotter; don’t try to be him.’ I used to be upset with this comment until I finally learned that it’s important to do what you know, what you have a passion for. What is the essence of good cooking? You must have a passion for good food, don’t overcomplicate things and use the best ingredients you can find, not necessarily the most expensive. What would you like to eat right now? A good picanha steak - a prime cut of top sirloin, grilled on our Montague grill at 1600 degrees with some sea salt and fresh-cracked pepper. Delicious! Who would you most like to dine with? My mom, my dad, my wife, Teresa, and sons, Joshua and Zachary. My parents live up in New York, so I don’t get a chance to see them much. If you were not a chef, what career would you have chosen? I was going to be the next Eddie Van Halen. Now I am proud that my son Zachary has taken up guitar, as well. He is playing better than I ever did, and he is only 16!

Elisa Valderrama, Mesazul and Bossa Nova Chef AS A YOUNG CHILD, Chef Elisa Valderrama would spend time in the family pantry just taking inventory. “I’ve always been food obsessed. I was weaned on Julia Child and The Frugal Gourmet and watched all the Great Chefs of the World series,” she says. However, it was film that she studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After three years there, spending most of her tuition money dining in New York City, she returned to South Florida to study culinary arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. “On May 28, 2003 – my Grandma’s Lila’s birthday – my three sisters and I opened Mama Lila’s Bistro in Miami. We were named the Best Bistro by Miami New Times in 2007.” She calls owning a restaurant “an enlightening and humbling endeavor.” After Mama Lila’s closed in 2008, she worked as a restaurant health inspector for several years. She was always on the lookout for the perfect opportunity, and when she heard about the Doral position, she called Chef Michael Lottermoser. “He scheduled a tasting where I came in and made a four-course meal for him.” Her cuisine won him over, and Chef Elisa joined the Mesazul/Bossa Nova family in 2010. “I belong in a kitchen – the camaraderie with the cooks, putting out great food for our guests. It’s a job you have to love, and once you love it, you really can’t do anything else.”

What cuisines are you most drawn to? Being Peruvian, I have a deep bias for Peruvian food, but I enjoy all cuisines. I love to eat food that tastes like it was made by someone who loves you. I encourage our associates to pay attention to every element that goes into a dish, to love the dish. How did your upbringing influence your cooking? My mom is an amazing cook and my greatest influence. For lunch she would pack us coolers filled with stews, soups, pastas, fruits. I must admit, some days I was jealous of the kids who just got a PB&J sandwich, but today I thank her for developing my palate. What is the essence of good cooking? You must be in a good mood when you cook, or your bad mood will be reflected in the food. Use the best, freshest ingredients available, keep it simple and taste everything. What do you like to cook at home? I’m big on soups, stews and desserts. My favorite easy meal is my mom’s white rice, two over-medium eggs, avocado, tomato and fried sweet plantains. Heaven! Who would you most like to dine with? My three sisters, Rosa, Lili and Roberta. Due to our busy schedules, we don’t hang out as often as we would like. We like to eat, drink and laugh until it hurts.

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Chefs and mixologists share a few Latin-accented favorites Recreate Doral’s Latin flavors at home with refreshing drinks from Bossa Nova Lounge and delightful chimichurri sauces and herbed butter from Mesazul restaurant. Try these blends on steaks and roasts, as marinades or sauces, but don’t stop there. They also add zest to fish, chicken, pastas, even grilled vegetables.

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In a small bowl combine the parsley, minced pepper, onion and garlic. Stir in the vinegar and olive oil until well blended. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 1 ½ cups sauce. 32

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Chimichurri sauces add Latin zest to meats.


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bunch Italian parsley, chopped fine cups puréed roasted red pepper (no seeds) Vidalia onion, finely minced cloves of garlic, finely minced tablespoons red wine vinegar cup olive oil teaspoon salt, or to taste turns of a pepper mill, or to taste

In a small bowl combine the parsley, red pepper purée, onion and garlic. Stir in the vinegar and olive oil until well blended. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 4 cups sauce.

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bunch cilantro, finely chopped Scotch bonnet peppers, seeded and finely minced Vidalia onion, finely minced cloves of garlic, finely minced tablespoons white wine vinegar cup olive oil teaspoon salt, or to taste turns of a pepper mill, or to taste

In a small bowl combine the cilantro, minced pepper, onion and garlic. Stir in the vinegar and olive oil until well blended. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 1 ½ cups sauce.

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lime slices orange slice ounces Ketel One orange vodka ounce fresh squeezed lime juice ounce simple syrup (see instructions) Splash of fresh-squeezed orange juice Ice Club soda In a shaker, gently muddle lime and orange slices until well crushed. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Pour into a rocks glass and top with a splash of club soda. Makes 1 serving. to make simple syrup, mix equal parts of sugar and water and boil until sugar dissolves. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

moCha Batida 1 ½ ounces Bacardi Coco rum ½ ounce coffee liqueur ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk 1 cup ice Shaved chocolate for garnish Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with shaved chocolate. Makes 1 serving.

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pound unsalted butter, softened bunch Italian parsley, chopped fine tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots 8 cloves garlic, finely minced ½ lemon, juiced Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Using a mixer on low speed, combine all ingredients until well blended. Divide mixture in half, spoon onto two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into logs. Seal the ends and refrigerate at least two hours or until ready to use. Cut into quarter-inch discs and serve on steak. Makes 2 half-pound logs.

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CHAMPIONSHIP GATHERINGS Doral gets business done and celebrates in high style

MOST DAYS, Doral’s Red Course is used for its intended purpose: challenging golfers to finesse its fairways. Occasionally, it plays another purpose, such as hosting a company carnival or a super-sized buffet for supersized Miami Heat players. Under the direction of Doral’s inventive team, the resort becomes a fantastic stage for producing unforgettable meetings and celebrations. Take a Miami Heat event in spring 2011, which began with a round of golf and ended with a reception on the fairway of the Red Course. The food stations featured favorites for each of the Heat players, including grilled chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy for Dwyane Wade, flat-bread margarita pizzas for LeBron James and chocolate truffles for Chris Bosh. “Bosh said he liked sweet potato pie, chocolate and women,” says Chef Michael Lottermoser, who researched the athletes’ choices. The players were at the stations dressed in chef jackets emblazoned with their names and numbers. For the corporate carnival, the Red Course hosted traditional games for the 1,500 attendees, plus a reception and dinner. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


OFFICE AWAY FROM HOME A full-service business center, located in the Lower Lobby level near the Bungalow Shop, provides a wide range of business services. Offerings include secretarial assistance, office supplies, binding, shipping, cell phones/radios, copiers, fax machines, guest business cards, name badges, signage and computers. Available in-room services include high-speed Internet access, private voice mail, two telephone lines, fax/printer, daily newspapers, dataports, desk and workstation. Open 24 hours, attended 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., with automated selfservice available. Call ext. 6655.

The Rotunda Meeting Room offers classic charm with a view.

Dwyane Wade takes a turn at serving. “There really isn’t any limit to what we can do for  special events at Doral,” says Director of Marketing Chris Bracken. “We have a very creative events and culinary team that can do amazing things.” With more than 100,000 square feet of flexible event space and a wide selection of meeting rooms, Doral can accommodate groups large and small. The graciously appointed 24,000-square-foot Legends Ballroom features generous indoor and outdoor pre-function space. In addition the 650 acres of tropical landscape provides myriad venues for outdoor gatherings. After a busy day of meeting or greeting, the resort offers welcome opportunities for rest and rejuvenation, with five championship golf courses, The Spa at Doral, The Pritikin Longevity Center and the Blue Lagoon Pool. Plus the Doral team can arrange group activities, such as twilight golf or an Old Havana Night, complete with cigar rollers and Cuban music. The talented Doral culinary team creates delicious receptions, luncheons, awards dinners and celebrations of all kinds, from the First Tee Continental Breakfast (fresh pastries and breads, seasonal 36

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Legends Ballroom features state-of-the-art presentation features and flexible space. fruits and cereals) to the Sunset Grill (filet mignon, Florida lobster tail, barbecued Korean short ribs, island-spice roasted chicken, South Florida paella and much more). Doral Golf Resort & Spa offers picturesque sites for weddings and receptions, including intimate ceremonies, grand celebrations and destination weddings. A certified wedding planner assists in the selection of services and packages, which can be customized to create a unique and unforgettable experience. For a kosher wedding for 1,000, for instance, the team at Doral created an outdoor ceremony in the round outside Champions Pavilion, with the guests encircling the marriage Chuppah. Next came a poolside reception outside The Spa at Doral. The finale was dinner in Legends Ballroom, which had been transformed into a Las Vegas showroom with the guests seated at tables on multiple tiers enjoying entertainers on the center stage. For information on events, visit and click on Meetings & Social Events, call 800-936-7259 or email


The Spa at Doral is the destination for rejuvenation STEP BY STEP, a walk from the resort to The Spa at Doral is an exercise in tranquility. You stroll past the tropically landscaped spa pool and hot and cold massaging hydrofalls, along the length of the graceful formal fountain, past the intriguing meditation labyrinth and through the bougainvillea-covered portico. Following this prelude, you arrive at the magnificent, marble-appointed lobby to be greeted by friendly associates at the registration desk. An art deco staircase (or an elevator) leads up to the separate men’s and women’s locker and bath areas. Here you can change into your plush robe and slippers and enjoy the private sun decks, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, cold plunge pools and sensory experience showers. When it’s time for your service, a therapist arrives to escort you to one of 32 rooms for a lifeenhancing treatment. Guests to this tranquil refuge on the southwest corner of the Doral property have been experiencing the spa since 1987, when it opened as The Saturnia International Spa Resort. “It was one of the first destination spas in the country and the largest in North America,” says Executive Spa Director William Arango. With its Italianate architecture and sweeping staircase imported from a Paris department store, it has been an elegant sanctuary to hotel guests as well as to club members and locals. In 1994 it became The Spa at Doral, and in 2009 a partnership with The Pritikin Longevity Center brought Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


The Spa lobby staircase originally graced the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.

SUITE SPOT The Spa at Doral Suites features 48 exclusive guest suites with private dressing areas, marble bathrooms, Jacuzzis, wet bars, available highspeed Internet access and views of formal gardens and the greens of Doral.

Regardless of what treatment you choose, allow yourself additional time medical and wellness services onsite. Today about 60 percent of the spa’s clients are local residents, a testament to the nurturing treatments and before or after your treatment to steam, soak and relax in the bath-area pools and showers and to swim in the three spa pools, which include the outdoor the professional staff. Swedish massage is the most popular service, Arango says, but the terrace pool, an indoor saline pool and an outdoor lap pool. Or perhaps just menu lists more than a dozen massage therapies – deep-tissue, hot- take a few moments to sit on the terrace and drink in the serenity. Arango welcomes all guests to come and see what the spa has to offer. stone, Thai, prenatal, shiatsu, ref lexology, reiki – that provide deep relaxation and relief to aching muscles. Body treatments such as the “The resort is so large, some people don’t experience the spa. Once they Moor Mud Detox Wrap and the signature Citrus Mango Body Scrub come here, they are amazed to find such an oasis.” leave skin smooth and soothed. A dozen facial choices, including peels, microdermabrasion and anti-redness treatments, refresh and The Spa at Doral, 8755 NW 36th St., Miami, Spa hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. every day (hours may vary seasonally); appointments renew the skin. “Each treatment is customized to the guest’s skin type and needs,” office open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., call internal ext. Arango says, adding that the client leaves with a “prescription” for 4724 or 305-717-6303. continued maintenance. “Having a facial is like going to the dentist,” he says. “You have to continue to take care of your skin just as you take care Spa Boutique After your spa treatment, stop by the Spa Boutique for products of your teeth.” A quartet of ayurvedic therapies incorporate the ancient East Indian recommended by your therapist. The boutique carries shampoo, science of health and healing, utilizing herbs and essential oils. The conditioner and lotions in the signature citrus-mango scent, so you can Dosha Balancing Massage, for instance, uses warm, herbal-infused recreate a sensory memory of your visit at home. body oil and moist heat compresses. The oil is prepared with traditional ayurvedic methods, intended to aid in detoxification and calm the Spa Salon Just behind the Spa Boutique is a full-service salon, which offers hair nervous system. services, waxing, makeup application, manicures and pedicures. One The spa even offers services designed specifically for men, such as of the more popular treatments, the Signature Stone Pedicure, features the Men’s Executive Facial, the Perfect Shave and the Sports Manicure exfoliation and massage with warm ballast stones. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Pedicure.


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Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa delivers a prescription for health NATHAN PRITIKIN had a simple – yet far-reaching – mission: “All I’m trying to do is wipe out heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.” Diagnosed with advanced heart disease at age 41 and told to “prepare to die young,” the engineer and inventor researched cultures where heart disease was rare and developed a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. He also started walking and then running, and his cholesterol dropped from 280 to 120. In 1975, he founded the Pritikin Longevity Center, establishing a program of scientifically based and sustainable heart health, nutrition and fitness. In 1978, with Dr. David Lehr of the Miami Heart Institute, he founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami. The research-backed principles of the Pritikin Program are practiced every day at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, which moved to The Spa at Doral in 2009. During stays of one or two weeks or longer, guests receive extensive medical evaluations from board-certified physicians and one-on-one consultations regarding health goals. Based on each guest’s personal prescription, they attend exercise sessions, nutrition and

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Camaraderie among Pritikin guests adds to the enjoyment of the experience.

Guests undergo medical tests so doctors can customize their program.

lifestyle seminars, stress management workshops and cooking classes. Exercise plans are medically supervised and customized to all levels of fitness, from top athletes to people with health challenges or sports injuries. Guests also enjoy six gourmet meals and snacks daily in The Atrium, the center’s graceful, airy restaurant. Losing weight while eating more, guests learn how to eliminate refined carbohydrates and excess fat and sodium from their diet. The center offers special programs for families and corporate groups, plus wellness packages that target specific needs, including diabetes, heart health and weight loss. The Executive Health Exam, which can be scheduled for one to three days, includes a comprehensive physical and a personalized blueprint for nutrition, fitness and stress management. The system worked for Nathan Pritikin. He lived nearly 30 years after doctors predicted his early demise from heart disease. (He died from leukemia-related complications in 1985.) His autopsy, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed the “complete absence” of heart disease. To learn about Pritikin Longevity Center’s programs, schedule a Taste of Pritikin visit, including a healthy gourmet lunch and tour. Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, 8755 NW 36th St., Miami, 305-935-7131, 40

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Doral associates use their skills and talents to better your world THEY SHOW you to your room, flip your omelet, hem your trousers, prepare your salads, tend to your golf clubs and welcome new associates. They perform myriad other duties, many of which exceed their job descriptions, with excellence and grace. Thus, these six associates represent outstanding examples of the Marriott Spirit to Serve. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


Elisa Fonticiella, Seamstress and Housekeeping Dispatcher


lisa Fonticiella’s job description may be housekeeping seamstress and dispatcher, but spend a few minutes with her, and you discover her true vocation: spreading joy. Associates drop by her basement work room in a continuing stream for a quick hug, a kiss on the cheek, an exchange of kind words. Sometimes they bring a little gift. “Elisa, I have something for you,” comes a voice from an associate, who leaves a treat for her friend at the service window. Director of Services Marlos Lopez describes Elisa as the mother of the department. “Everyone respects Elisa because she shows everyone respect and kindness. She provides love, tough love, support and guidance and a shoulder to cry on,” he says. An award-winning, 15-year veteran of Doral, Elisa has an energy that defies her 71 years. In addition to her sewing duties, she visits repeat guests, handles laundry requests and answers the phone, communicating with the housemen and front desk on guest needs. On a pair of vintage sewing machines, she has crafted aprons out of leftover bed sheets, altered hundreds of bed skirts, repaired uniforms and hemmed guests’ slacks. She learned to sew in her native Cuba, coming to the United States in 1967. The mother of two and grandmother of eight, Elisa has been married for 56 years to Juan Fonticiella, a Doral associate for nearly three decades, who is now retired. She describes herself as a woman of faith, and her works appear to be the fruit of that belief. She has helped associates in need, collected household goods for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and she spends time visiting patients at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. “I go to the hospital to visit the sick people, the poor people. I always bring something small, like cookies. When you give to the poor, it makes you happy.”


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Jennifer Apolinario, Human Resources Supervisor


hen Human Resources Supervisor Jennifer Apolinario singlehandedly organized the resort’s first Associate Cultural Fair, she even recruited her mother and grandparents to make sure the Portugal booth was covered. The fair was part of Associate Appreciation Week, which she coordinated – meticulously – from idea through implementation. “In all she does, she ensures that every detail is executed properly,” says Human Resources Manager Paula Cadet, noting that Jennifer’s excellence earned her the Supervisor of the Year award for 2010. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist,” Jennifer says, quickly adding that she is quite laidback and easy-going away from work. Day to day, she works as the hiring recruiter, welcoming new associates, arranging orientation and training, making sure associates have everything they need to start their jobs. She was one of the founders and the chairman of the Doral Pride Council, which fosters associate community service involvement and activities. She also hones her presentation and speaking skills through Toastmasters International. Yet she makes time for the activities she enjoys – running and working out, teaching herself guitar, volunteering with Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. She learned to play golf while working as administrative assistant for Golf Operations, and she gets in a round on occasion. “Most importantly, I love to spend time with my family,” she says. The child of Portuguese immigrants, she was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University as well as a diploma in the Art of Cooking from the Art Institute at Fort Lauderdale. She maintains strong ties with her large extended family, who gather each Sunday to enjoy a meal together. “I especially love my grandfather’s Portuguese bread, hot from the oven, crispy and hearty. We dip it in olive oil with garlic and seasoning. It’s amazing.”

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Cheryl Reeves, Omelet Chef


heryl Reeves’ first omelet did not fare well. After a wayward flip, it broke in half and splattered onto the omelet station. “I went into the bathroom and had a meltdown. I asked the regular omelet chef, ‘How do you flip eggs?’ She said, ‘After your first hundred, you’ll be a natural.’ ” Thousands of omelets later, there’s no doubt that Cheryl is a natural, not only at flipping eggs, but also at engaging the guests ordering them, from touring pros to kids on summer vacation. She uses her self-professed “gift of gab” to connect with people while transforming eggs, meats, veggies and cheese into their breakfast. “Cheryl takes great pride in her ability to find that something special about the guests and to remember it the next time they come,” says Executive Chef Michael Lottermoser. “My favorite comment about her is from a guest who said she had a 100,000-megawatt smile.” A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami, Cheryl has won many in-house awards, including 2010 Associate of the Year. She wondered at first if an omelet chef was really a chef, but she has come to love her job. “It’s a good fit. There’s a lot to know about eggs. I’ve worked out the kinks. And I get to meet 200 or 300 people every day.” The only downside: “I’m not a morning person, and I have to get up at 3:30 a.m. for work. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had my coffee,” she says with a laugh. Cheryl keeps a cool head and a steady hand when serving golf luminaries such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But when Iron Chef star Hiroyuki Sakai ordered two eggs over medium, it was another story. “I could barely speak or breathe. I kept cracking eggs, and they went on the ground. It took me six eggs. That’s the guy who made me shake.”


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Alvaro Estrada, Bellman


he guest needed a package that was crucial to her presentation, so bellman Alvaro Estrada called to track it. The package was locked in a trailer, which would not be opened until the following morning. Alvaro would not give up. He tracked down a supervisor, convinced her to open the trailer and got the package to the guest before her deadline. Then there was the time a man requested a B-flat trumpet. “I said, ‘OK, I don’t know what a B-flat trumpet is,’ but I went to a music store and rented one,” Alvaro says. “It was a little bit challenging, but I try to use all the resources I have so people will feel at home. I do whatever it takes.” Whatever it takes covers a broad range of tasks for the graveyard-shift bellman, according to Front Desk Manager Brandon Spellman. “He will clean rooms, fix engineering issues, run trips to the airport. He always has a smile on his face, even as he is running around like a banshee. He has a work ethic like I’ve never seen before. How he does it, I don’t know.” His secret may be recharging after work. “When I come home I sleep to get my energy together to go back and give 100 percent. Some people say, ‘What does Alvaro drink that he has so much energy?’ It’s just that I do my job with all my heart.” Alvaro, who hails from Nicaragua, worked at Miami Dadeland Marriott before getting a job at Doral – which he calls the major leagues for a bellman – in 1998. His efforts earned him the Associate of the Year award for 2010, but he says the greatest honor is helping guests. “People are always in need. Being there at the right moment is the best thing,” he says.

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Steve Bradley, Golf Bag Services


n his 33 years working in Golf Bag Services at Doral, Steve Bradley remembers many famous guests. He drove Bob Hope and his wife to their room – Jerry Lewis, too. He has seen three presidents, Gerald Ford, the elder George Bush and Bill Clinton. He has talked with Arthur Ashe, Flip Wilson, Leslie Nielson and a long list of pros. However, it’s his recollection of non-famous names and faces that impresses Director of Golf Nathan Stith. “He remembers everyone’s name. It’s beyond freakish,” he says. Working the morning shift, Steve organizes the golf carts and each player’s clubs, getting them set up for play. “If our golf operation had a heart, he would be the thumping heartbeat that makes us stay alive,” he adds. A golfer from a young age, Steve applied for a job at Doral in 1978, at his father’s suggestion. One of his greatest thrills has been meeting an idol of his youth, Alice Cooper, who golfs at the resort. “When I was a young guy I went to all the Alice Cooper concerts, saw him six times. I jumped on the stage once and got thrown out. When I mentioned that, he remembered it, and ever since we’ve been friends. He’s a really nice guy.” In addition to his daily duties, Steve is charged with taking care of the pros’ bags during the championship. One night in 1988, he thought he might be in big trouble over a player’s missing golf club. “A buddy and I noticed that Ben Crenshaw’s putter was missing from his bag. We were going crazy wondering if he had it in his room or if the caddie took it. Then we noticed the lights of the putting green were on. He was down there practicing his putts at 10 at night. That’s why he was one of the best putters,” Steve says, adding that Crenshaw went on to win the tournament.


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Bryson Crittenden, Sous Chef


photo of 5-year-old Bryson Crittenden and his twin brother making pies with their grandmother reveals an early introduction to cooking. The boys are even wearing aprons and chef hats, a harbinger of things to come. “The love my family put into what we cooked really got me interested in the kitchen,” says Bryson, a sous chef at Doral. “Cooking around those family gatherings was less about eating and more about being together.” Over the years that early interest grew (along with his stature – he is 6-foot-5), prompting him to study at vocational culinary school in Oklahoma City. At his mentor’s suggestion, he enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., graduating in 2006. “I developed a solid culinary foundation that I am able to build upon every day. It is a very challenging industry, but its rewards can be limitless. It has opened up so many opportunities,” he says. Bryson joined the Marriott team at Doral in 2007 and was recently promoted to sous chef. He oversees the garde manger, or cold food preparation kitchen, which creates the salads, fruits, hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches for the resort’s eateries and banquets. Executive Chef Michael Lottermoser says Bryson has natural leadership qualities, as he demonstrated during the 2011 WGC golf tournament. “Under his leadership we successfully executed 800 covers [plates] for lunch and dinner every day. He can always be counted on to work on projects that are out of the box.” His dedication comes from loving what he does, Bryson says, which harkens to the devotion his family put into their meals. Not surprisingly, his dream dinner companions would not be celebrities, great chefs or world leaders, but rather his parents, brother, grandparents, extended family and friends. “It would be a big table,” he says.

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Members gain access to Doral amenities…and lifelong memories VISITORS COME from all over the world to play Doral’s championship golf courses, to enjoy the restaurants, The Spa at Doral, the Blue Lagoon Pool. Members of The Club at Doral have access to all this and many other amenities, including an elegant private clubhouse. The greatest benefits, however, are the memories they create with friends and family while enjoying the resort. Marion McCarthy, a Club member since 1993, remembers good times on the tennis courts, playing with her daughters and granddaughters. “Now I golf. I got tired of putting braces on my knees,” she says with a laugh. She also has been volunteering during the annual PGA tournament since 1992. “I have met a lot of interesting people, and it helps charities,” says McCarthy, who lives off the Red Course in Doral Estates. “It’s great that the club is so close. I just hop in a golf cart and ride over.” 48

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Doral’s expansive clubhouse provides an impressive backdrop for putting practice.

The Club at Doral’s clubhouse hosts members in style.

Club member Wendell Beard

Club member Marion McCarthy

Wendell Beard is another charter member of The Club. “I think I came in on the first load of bricks,” says Beard, who oversaw the Doral-Ryder Open when he was executive vice president at Ryder Systems. Now he is the honoree at the annual Wendell Beard Invitational member-guest tournament. Beard lists a string of advantages he enjoys at The Club: “The valet parking is very good. There’s an excellent buffet every day – for a modest price you can have a nice lunch with friends. You can take a sauna in the locker room. “And what other private club has five golf courses that the members can play on? Every day a different course is designated as the member’s course. That’s a very nice thing.” Membership Sales Manager Gina Perez says the course rotation is popular with Club golfers, who get tee-time preference. “It provides for faster play because the members know the courses,” she says. The Club offers various benefit level plans, plus there are corporate packages. Benefits include valet parking, access to the private clubhouse, the resort’s fitness center and complimentary tennis, plus discounts on hotel accommodations, food and beverages, spa services and retail purchases. Members can join men’s and ladies’ golf associations and other special interest groups, such as bridge and book clubs. The Club hosts social events throughout the year for adults and children, including holiday parties, themed dinners and wine tastings. Private lockers are available to store the wines purchased from tastings, Perez says, and members can call ahead to request that a bottle is chilled and ready when they arrive. For families with young kids and teens, access to the Blue Lagoon Pool is a big draw, she says. “They can go to the pool and leave the wet towels behind.” For Wendell Beard nothing beats getting out on the course: “Someone parks my car, gets my bag in the cart, gives me a cold drink and says, ‘Mr. Beard, you’re next up off the tee.’ Then I’m out for a gorgeous day in South Florida,” he says. “That’s a pretty good deal.” The Club at Doral, 305-591-6621,, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


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PLAY DATES Beyond the fairways, South Florida beckons

DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA is an oasis unto itself, and it’s set in the sub-tropical oasis of South Florida, known for unique natural assets, superlative dining and nightlife, fabulous shopping and world-class cultural programs. From the art deco architecture of Miami Beach to the expansive vistas of the Everglades, South Florida presents a wide-open selection of diversions and adventures. Following is a sampling of nearby attractions. For a complete list, visit EDITOR’S NOTE: Listing information is subject to change. Please phone in advance of your visit.

MIAMI AREA ATTRACTIONS ADRIENNE ARShT CENTER FOR ThE PERFORMING ARTS 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722, www.arshtcenter. org. Year-round performances in theater, dance and music in this state-of-the-art facility. ANCIENT SPANISh MONASTERY 16711 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 305-945-1461, Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst brought the pieces of the monastery cloister – built in Segovia, Spain, in 1141 – to America. In 1952, Miami developers reassembled the monastery on its current site. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closes Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort


ART DECO DISTRICT WELCOME CENTER Miami Design Preservation League Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305672-2014 or 305-531-3484, The largest 20th century National Register Historic District features more than 800 historic buildings from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. The league preserves and interprets the history of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District through tours, lectures, films, exhibits and other events. The gift shop features unique books, posters, vintage collectibles and souvenirs. The league presents 90-minute guided walking tours, departing every day except Thurs. at 10:30 a.m.; on Thurs. at 6:30 p.m.; $15, $20. Self-guided audio tours, $10, $15. Private tours are also available. THE BARNACLE HISTORIC STATE PARK 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 305-4426866, The Barnacle Historic State Park preserves the oldest home in Miami-Dade County in its original location. Built in 1891 overlooking Biscayne Bay, The Barnacle was the home of Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe, boat designer, architect and one of Coconut Grove’s most well-known and influential pioneers. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Mon. Guided tours conducted at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Closed Tues., New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Admission: $2 per person. Museum tour fee: $1, $3; 5 and under free. BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530, Located in the Art Deco District, this museum offers an overview of major European paintings, sculpture and textiles, plus temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The museum also features educational programs, film series, lectures and live performances, plus a gift shop. Open Wed.-Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon., Tues. and holidays. Admission: $6, $8. THE BILTMORE 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-4451926, A National Historic Landmark, Biltmore opened in 1926, featuring classic Mediterranean architecture and 150 acres of tropical landscaping. The hotel’s dining destinations include the acclaimed French-cuisine Palme d’Or and Fontana, an Italian courtyard restaurant surrounding the Biltmore fountain. BISCAyNE NATIONAL PARK 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead, 305-230-7275, Glass-bottom boat rides and diving and snorkeling trips, plus canoes, 52

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kayaks and paddle boats, walking trails, fishing, camping and shower facilities. Waterfront visitor center offers exhibits, films and information. Park open daily 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visitor Center open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Boat information: 305230-1100 or visit BISCAyNE NATURE CENTER Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305-361-6767, Explore marine habitats on coastal hammock hikes and walks along the fossil-rock reef and the beach at this gem on the north end of Crandon Park. The center features an exhibit space, gift shop, audio/visual presentation room and demonstration lab/classroom facilities. Guided marine exploration trips are scheduled at low tide only. Look for regularly scheduled events on the website; reservations required. COOPERTOWN AIRBOAT RIDES 22700 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305-2266048, Offers tours through hardwood hammocks in the Everglades plus gift shop and restaurant, with a menu that includes frog legs and gator tail. Airboat tour: $11, $22. DEERING ESTATE 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, 305-235-1668, This 444-acre preserve on Biscayne Bay offers butterfly hikes, canoe rides, guided nature tours and tours of the historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.), except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Admission: $7, $12. EVERGLADES ALLIGATOR FARM 40351 SW 192nd Ave., Homestead, 305-2472628, This working alligator farm features alligators and crocodiles in all stages of growth, plus airboat rides, alligator and snake shows, feeding demonstrations and a gift shop. Open daily except for Christmas Day 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; office and gift shop close at 5:30 p.m. Admission with airboat ride: $15.50, $23, children under 4 free; no airboat ride $10.50, $15.50. EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, 305-2427700, The nation’s largest subtropical wilderness features 1.5 million acres encompassing a variety of habitats. The park, accessed via four visitor centers, features miles of hiking and biking trails and great fishing. Boat tours are available through the Gulf Coast and Flamingo areas. Open every day, but check website for operating hours at the various entrances. Admission $10 per car, good for seven consecutive days at all entrances to the park.

EVERGLADES SAFARI PARK 26700 Tamiami Trail (SW Eighth St.), Miami, 305-226-6923, Features an alligator farm and show, guided airboat rides, a jungle trail, an interpretive center, a restaurant and a gift shop. Private tours available. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10, $23, children under 5 free. FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305667-1651, One of the world’s leading botanical gardens, this 83-acre oasis features extensive collections of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Open daily 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Admission: $10-$20, 5 and under free. GATOR PARK 24050 SW Eighth St., Miami, 800-5592205, Learn about the Everglades and its many wild inhabitants at Gator Park. Take an airboat ride through this fascinating ecosystem, enjoy the wildlife show and view exhibits of native creatures. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $11, $22; private tours available. GO MIAMI CARD, 866-637-8817. Offers one- to seven-day passes to 35 greater Miami attractions, advertising up to 55 percent off the cost of separate tickets.

FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH AT THE JACKIE GLEASON THEATER 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305938-2505, This theater reopened in October 2007 in the historic Jackie Gleason Theater following a massive renovation. Located in the Art Deco District, it is operated by Live Nation and features concerts, comedians and other productions. ISLAND QUEEN CRUISES Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Office: 555 NE 15th St., Suite 102, Miami, 305-379-5119, www.islandqueencruises. com. Enjoy a bilingual, narrated 90-minute sightseeing cruise along beautiful Biscayne Bay. See the downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row. Discounts are available for Internet purchase. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to receive boarding passes. Other cruise experiences and yacht charters, plus helicopter, sea plane and bus tours are also available through this website. JUNGLE ISLAND 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, 305-400-7000,


without notice for special events, so call before visiting. Admission: $4, $8.


THE CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS LOOKING FOR a South Florida adventure? The Concierge is ready with recommendations for attractions and restaurants that have a proven track record with guests. “South Beach is a must, of course, for Lincoln Road Mall, the art deco architecture, the night clubs,” says Concierge Delio Batista. “In Miami, Bayside Marketplace is a fun place to walk around, do some shopping and take a sightseeing cruise or a speedboat tour.” However, one of his favorite areas is Coral Gables. “Beyond the resort, it’s the closest place to have a fine-dining experience, and it has some of the best restaurants in town. It’s not as touristy as South Beach, more family-oriented.” For nature lovers Batista recommends a visit to the Everglades for air boat rides and wildlife sightings. He often refers guests to Gator Park, Everglades Safari Park and Sawgrass Recreation Park. As for restaurants, Batista sticks to establishments that take reservations. The iconic Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach, for instance, is not on his preferred list, but that is not due to the dining experience. “They don’t take reservations, and the waiting time can be up to two hours. I prefer not to stress out my guests,” he says. Following are some of the Concierge’s favorite restaurants:

Doral Golf Resort & Spa restaurants Bossa Nova Lounge – a vibrant lounge for drinks, tapas and live entertainment Champions Bar & Grill – delicious casual fare overlooking the TPC Blue Monster Mesazul Steakhouse – a fine-dining restaurant with a Latin flair

Doral area: 10-15 minutes

Da Vittorio South Beach – Italian cuisine, 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, (also at 264 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables), 305-445-8783, Devito – Italian, 150 Ocean Drive, South Beach, 305-531-0911, A Fish Called Avalon – Seafood, 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-532-1727, Larios on The Beach – Cuban, 820 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-532-9577, Quinn’s – Steak and Seafood, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-6400, Red the Steakhouse – Steakhouse, 119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-5343688, Wish – New American, at The Hotel of South Beach, 801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305674-9474,

Coral Gables area:  20-25 minutes

Caffe Abbracci – Italian cuisine, 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-0700, www. Christy’s – Traditional American steakhouse, 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, 305-4461400, Da Vittorio South Beach – Italian cuisine, 264 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables (also at 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach), 305-445-8783, Francesco – Peruvian fusion, 325 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-1600, Ortanique on the Mile – Caribbean fusion, 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-4467710, Red Fish Grill – Seafood, 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 305-668-8788,

Los Parrilleros – Argentinian-Italian, 10775 NW 41st St., Miami, 305-597-0019,

Downtown Miami/Design District: 20-25 minutes

Soo Woo – Japanese steak and sushi, 9753 NW 41st St., Doral, 305-477-4477,

Fratelli Lyon – Italian, 4141 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-572-2901,

Texas de Brazil – Brazilian steakhouse, Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-599-7729,

South Beach area: 30-35 minutes

China Grill – Pan-Asian fusion, 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-2211,

Il Gabbiano – Italian, 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-373-0063, Michael’s Genuine – Contemporary American, 130 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-5735550, Rosa Mexicano – Mexican, at Mary Brickell Village, 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-4251001, This world famous bird sanctuary features tropical birds in a lush garden setting, plus monkeys and rare creatures, such as a 900-pound liger. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. until 6 p.m. Admission: $24.95-$32.95, under 2 free; parking $8. MIAMI ART MUSEUM 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-3000, Founded in 1996 as the Center for the Fine Arts, Miami Art Museum emphasizes art from the 20th century to the present. It features an international permanent collection that ref lects the multi-cultured nature of Miami. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Sat. & Sun noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and many holidays. Admission: $4, $8, children under 12 free; second Saturdays free. A new home overlooking Biscayne Bay is being built for the museum at Bicentennial Park (just over MacArthur Causeway at 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The area will be renamed Museum Park, and it will include the Miami Science Museum. MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-7256. This 4½-acre garden features a variety of plants, including orchids, bromeliads and a huge collection of subtropical palms. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. No admission fee. MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-3735437, This hands-on museum on Watson Island is housed in a whimsical, 56,500 square-foot building designed by Arquitectonica. It features hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs, classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication; plus the Kid Smart educational gift shop, a 200-seat auditorium and Subway restaurant. Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and NewYear’s Day. Admission: $12, $15, children under 1 free. ONE STOP SHOP Concierge services include securing tickets to sporting events, music and theater performances; scheduling limousine service; making restaurant reservations; notary services and arranging for special activities, such as sport fishing, sailing and helicopter rides. A computer and printer located at the Concierge Desk can be used to confirm airline reservations, check flight status and print out boarding passes. Visit the desk in the lobby or call 305-717-6311 or 305-5922000, ext. 2284.

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MIAMI FOOD TOURS 786-228-7651, tickets 800-838-3006, www. A local guide takes visitors on a gastronomic tour of restaurants while sharing tidbits about Miami Beach history and art deco architecture. Call for reservations. Tour: $45 for adults, $30 for children. MIA-SCI - MIAMI SCIENCE MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM 3280 S. Miami Ave., 305-646-4200, www. Features national traveling shows and hands-on science exhibits. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; box office closes at 5:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission: $10.95$14.95, under 3 free. A new home overlooking Biscayne Bay is being built for the museum at Bicentennial Park (just over MacArthur Causeway at 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The area will be renamed Museum Park, and it will include the Miami Art Museum. MIAMI SEAQUARIUM/DOLPHIN HARBOR 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 305-3615705, Features 38 acres of marine-life exhibits, plus shows and entertainment. Dolphin Harbor offers encounters with the marine mammals and behind-the-scenes experience as trainer for a day. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; last series of shows begins at 2:30 p.m.; ticket booth closes at 4:30 p.m. Admission: $38.95, $28.95 plus tax; under 3 free; parking $8. NEw wORLD CENTER 500 17th St., Miami Beach, 305-673-3331, Miami Beach, The New World Center, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, is home to the New World Symphony. The season includes orchestra concerts, chamber music, family concerts, open rehearsals, educational concerts and numerous free events. MONKEY JUNGLE 14805 SW 216th St., Miami; 305-235-1611; www. This tropical rain forest is home to 30 species of primates, most running free on a 30-acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore. New exhibit includes rare Amazon parrots, the Cameroon Jungle and the Mandrill Baboons. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; ticket office closes at 4 p.m. Admission: $23.95-$29.95, under 3 free. SAwGRASS RECREATION PARK 1006 N. U.S. 27, Weston (two miles north of I-75), 888-424-7262, www.evergladestours. com. Explore the mysteries of the Everglades through airboat rides, wildlife exhibits, camping and fishing. Store opens 7:30 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. weekends for tackle, gator souvenirs, groceries and boat rentals; closes at 6 p.m. Airboat rides leave on the half hour from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Night tours on Wed. & Sat. 54

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Admission: Airboat ride & exhibits $10, $19.50; exhibits only $5, $10; under 4 free. SOUTH POINTE PARK 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305673-7730, parksandrecreation. This beautiful park on the southernmost point of Miami Beach offers spectacular views of Miami and the waterfront. It’s also a perfect spot for watching cruise ships come and go. A $22-million renovation added interactive water features, native plants and a walkway to the Miami Beach Marina. Open sunrise - 10 p.m. (walkway until 2 a.m.). THRILLER MIAMI SPEEDBOAT TOUR 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (in Bayside Marketplace, east of the band stage), 305-3713278, Enjoy a Miami Vice-style speedboat tour and see the mansions of the rich and famous on Star Island, Fisher Island and Miami Beach as well as the Art Deco District of South Beach. Daily tours at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m., plus 6:30 p.m. in spring and fall, 8 p.m. in summer. Adults $35, children under 12 $22, taxes included. VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-250-9133, www. Italian Renaissance-style villa containing 15th- through 19th-century antique furnishings and art, surrounded by more than 10 acres of formal gardens and fountains. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission: $6-$15; 5 and under free. VENETIAN POOL 2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-460-5306, A Venetian-style lagoon carved out of coral rock, this historic landmark and swimming pool features caves, stone bridges and waterfalls. Check the website or call for rates and hours of operation, which vary through the year. Children must be 38 inches tall or show proof that they are 3 years old. Open 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, closed Mondays during the rest of the year, as well as some holidays. THE wOLFSONIAN 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-5311001, The Wolfsonian, part of Florida International University, showcases American and European decorative and fine arts produced between 1885 and 1945. The Dynamo Museum Shop & Café offers a sophisticated menu in an artful setting, plus gifts, books and films inspired by the museum’s collection. Open noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Tues. & Thurs.; noon-9 p.m. Fri.; closed Wed. and major holidays. Admission: $5, $7. Friday nights are free after 6 p.m. ZOO MIAMI 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, 305-251-0400, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals on 740 acres of subtropical habitat. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Admission: $11.95-$15.95; 2 and under free. Online purchase available.

SHOPPING & ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS AVENTURA MALL 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-1110, This 2.7 millionsquare-foot shopping mall includes 300 stores, 35 restaurants and eateries, plus a 24-screen theater. Anchor stores include Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Sears. BAL HARBOUR SHOPS 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-866-0311, A legendary fashion center in a tropical garden setting, Bal Harbour features such names as Carolina Herrera, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and anchors Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Restaurants include Carpaccio, La Goulue and Lea’s Tea Room & Bistro. BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-577-3344, Overlooking scenic Biscayne Bay, Bayside has more than 150 shops, restaurants and bars, including Miami’s Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and an international food court. Also offers free entertainment and tour boat cruises. CAULEY SQUARE HISTORIC VILLAGE 22400 Old Dixie Highway (U.S. 1), Miami, 305-258-3543, Cauley Square Village offers a slice of Old South Florida, with quaint cottages housing antique stores, boutiques and specialty shops in a lush tropical setting. Eateries include The Tea Room Restaurant and the Village Chalet. COCOwALK 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-444-0777, Located in one of Miami’s oldest and most prominent communities, Cocowalk offers major stores, restaurants and the Paragon 13 movie theater. Also presents live music at night and special events. CORAL GABLES This Mediterranean-themed city features historic buildings and charming architecture. The street named Miracle Mile, located in the heart of downtown, is a great shopping and entertainment destination, with art galleries, fine dining and theaters.

DaDelanD Mall 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, 305-665-6226, Dadeland Mall is anchored by Florida’s largest Macy’s, as well as Macy’s Home Gallery & Kids, Saks Fifth Avenue, JCPenney, Nordstrom and the country’s largest The Limited and Express. It also features more than 185 specialty stores and eateries, such as The Cheesecake Factory and Johnny Rockets. DOlPHIn Mall 11401 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-365-7446, This value shopping center features more than 240 stores and a diverse mix of restaurants and entertainment venues. Stores include Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Michael Kors, Coach Outlet and Kenneth Cole. Choose from diverse dining options, including Texas de Brazil Churrascaria and Kobe Japanese Steak & Seafood. The mall also features the 19-screen Cobb Dolphin Cinemas, Dave & Busters and the movie/dining experience CinéBistro. eSPañOla WaY Bounded by 14th and 15th streets and Washington and Jefferson streets. This historic Spanish-style village in the Art Deco District of South Beach is a colorful shopping and entertainment destination filled with unusual shops, restaurants and art galleries. lIncOln ROaD Mall Collins Avenue to Bay Road, between 16th and 17th streets, Miami Beach; www. Lincoln Road is a pedestrian-only shopping, dining and cultural mecca featuring unique shops, galleries and restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. It’s also a prime people-watching site. Check the website for special events. MIaMI DeSIgn DIStRIct Northeast 36th to 42nd streets, between Northeast Second and North Miami avenues, Miami, This district is packed with design studios, art galleries and restaurants. Check for store and showroom listings and events online. MIaMI InteRnatIOnal Mall 1455 NW 107th Ave., Miami, 305- 593-1777, Anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears, Miami International Mall features more than 130 specialty stores. Children can play in the Simon Kidgits Korner. tHe SHOPS at SUnSet Place 5701 Sunset Drive, South Miami, 305-6630482, w w w.t Combines destination retail with state-of-theart entertainment plus diverse dining options. Features AMC 24 Sunset Place & IMAX, Color

Me Mine, Cool-De-Sac Play Cafe, Gametime and Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge, plus more than 40 leading retailers.

FOOTBALL: Miami Dolphins – Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, 305-943-8000,

tHe VIllage at gUlfStReaM PaRK 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954378-0900, The Village at Gulfstream Park is an open-air lifestyle center adjacent to the Gulfstream Park horse-racing, gaming and entertainment complex, with shopping, dining and nightclub options.

HOCKEY: florida Panthers – BankAtlantic Center; One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7825,

VIllage Of MeRRIcK PaRK 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-5290200, This Mediterranean-style village features about 100 boutiques and restaurants, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Artefacto, CH Carolina Herrera, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Pottery Barn Kids, Hugo Boss and La Perla.

SAWGRASS MILLS 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, 954-846-2350, This colossal outlet destination encompasses more than 350 stores, plus abundant dining and entertainment options. The adjacent Colonnade Outlets open-air promenade enhances the mall’s draw with its fashion-forward shopping collection. The Colonnade recently completed an expansion, adding Prada, a 25,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s, Canali, Giorgio Armani General Store, TAG Heuer, Tommy Bahama Outlet, True Religion Brand Jeans and Tumi. The new stores join favorites such as Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry Factory Outlet, Coach Factory Store, David Yurman, Hugo Boss Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and many more. International visitors can enjoy even more savings with the Sawgrass Mills Coupon Book, available at Guest Services with proof of a valid driver’s license and/or passport.

PROfeSSIOnal SPORtS BASEBALL: florida Marlins – Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, 877-627-5467, www.floridamarlins. com. (A new 37,000-seat ballpark, expected to be ready for the 2012 season, is under construction on the former Orange Bowl site in the Little Havana section of Miami). BASKETBALL: Miami Heat - AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1250;

RacIng anD gaMIng calDeR caSInO & Race cOURSe 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305625-1311, This race course offers action year-round with 1,200 slots, Studz Poker Club and three restaurants plus the Center Casino Bar and grandstand food and beverage options. Enjoy thoroughbred horseracing ThursdayMonday from April-January, plus full-card simulcasts every day. gUlfStReaM PaRK 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, The thoroughbreds still run at historic Gulfstream Park, but the park also offers slots, poker, entertainment and restaurants. Enjoy live racing January through April, culminating in the Florida Derby. Watch simulcast action and wager on races at top tracks in the country. The adjacent Village at Gulfstream Park offers shopping, dining and nightclub options. MagIc cItY caSInO 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, Magic City Casino features 800 slots, an 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets. MIccOSUKee ReSORt & gaMIng 500 SW 177th Ave., Miami, 305-925-2555, This resort on the southeastern edge of the Florida Everglades features 24-hour gaming with more than 1,900 gaming machines, 32 poker tables and high-stakes bingo. SeMInOle HaRD ROcK HOtel & caSInO 1 Seminole Way (Stirling Road and State Road 7), Hollywood, 866-502-7529, www. This massive complex features more than 2,500 slots and Las Vegas-style table games, including blackjack and baccarat. The 86-acre Seminole Hard Rock and Seminole Paradise complex also offers entertainment at Hard Rock Live, retail shops, nightclubs and restaurants.

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From luxuries to necessities, see what the resort has in store Doral Golf Shop

If you have coveted the style of the golf pros, stop by the Doral Golf Shop, where you will find fashion lines plucked from the professional tours. Brands include such names as RLX Ralph Lauren, J. Lindeberg, Hugo Boss, Under Armour, Nike and Adidas. You will also find WGC-Cadillac Championship apparel and products. In addition to golf clothing for men, women and children, the shop carries an impressive selection of golf equipment, gifts, collectibles and accessories. Check it out while registering for a round of golf. Located on the Lower Lobby level outside, overlooking the TPC Blue Monster 1st tee. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., ext. 2287.

Signature Store

The Signature Store is the place for charming and affordable gifts and souvenirs as well as life’s little necessities. The diverse selection includes jewelry, Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins apparel, plush toys, books about South Florida and swimwear for adults and children. In addition, the shop also carries those forgotten items, such as toiletries, sunscreen and medicine, plus drinks and snacks for a bite on the go or a late-night nosh. Located in the Main Lobby behind the front desk area. Open 6 a.m.-11 p.m., ext. 2004.

Bungalow Shop

Looking for something stylish for a visit to South Beach? Check out the Bungalow Shop, which carries the latest men’s and women’s resort wear, swimwear and accessories from such companies as Ralph Lauren and Bugatchi. Located in the Lower Lobby level across from the Java Zone. Open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., ext. 2018.

Blue Monster Shop

This shop devoted to the TPC Blue Monster course features signature clothing, gifts and accessories. Located on the Lower Lobby level outside next to the Doral Golf Shop. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., ext. 2010.

The Spa Boutique

The boutique carries all the great products used in The Spa at Doral plus spa clothing and gifts. Open 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Online options

Doral also offers a selection of signature clothing and products online, plus in-room gifts and – if you can’t decide – Doral gift cards, which can be used in the restaurants, spa and retail shops. Visit www.doralresort. com and click on Shop Online in the top bar.


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When you get into the water with a dolphin one thing becomes quite clear. You are not the only inquisitive one in the pool. Our dolphins are as curious about you as you are about them. And that’s what makes the experience so remarkable. You will connect, you will feel it, and so will your new friend. 305-365-2501 ~ Located on Rickenbacker Causeway just minutes from Downtown Miami. *Advance reservations are recommended for Dolphin Interaction programs.

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Doral Golf Resort & Spa Magazine  

Magazine about Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral Florida, published by City & Shore magazine, written by Elizabeth Rahe.

Doral Golf Resort & Spa Magazine  

Magazine about Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral Florida, published by City & Shore magazine, written by Elizabeth Rahe.

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