Sports Events

World Golf Championships

Since Tiger Woods won the first World Golf Championship event held at Doral in 2007, the 7,266 yard long Blue Monster course has been challenging the world's best golfers. The Cadillac Championship at Doral, is golf's last major tournament leading up to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Justin Rose, the 2012 champion, will be back to defend his title against former champions like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. Located several miles west of Miami International Airport, the course is one of the longest championship golf courses in the world. Players must not only deal with the lengthy holes, but there is water everywhere and plenty of sand traps that need to be avoided. On a blustery early March day, the wind can turn every shot into an adventure.

Fabulous Finishing Hole

Number 18, the finishing hole, is a long par 4 that has often decided the victor at Doral. Water runs along the entire left side of the fairway that doglegs to the left. A golfer can play it safe off the tee and avoid the chance of landing in the water by angling their drive toward the right side of the fairway. More aggressive players will aim closer to the left edge of the fairway, flirting with the water, for the chance to get fifty yards closer to the green.

Doral's New Owner

In June of 2012, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa was added to the inventory of hotels owned and operated under real estate mogul Donald Trump. Plans are in place for a $200 million update and upgrade to the Miami landmark facility. It was also recently announced that the World Golf Championships-Cadillac championship will be hosted at Doral for at least the next ten years as an agreement was signed between the parties through 2023.

This year's tournament was full of excitement. Golf fans got the opportunity to see some of the greatest golf stars from around the world, as Tiger Woods ready to regain his former number one ranking? Will Phil or Ernie be able to conquer the Blue Monster? If you cannot make it to the course, be sure to watch the action on the big screen.

Sony Open Tennis

Recently The Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL, was the premier event space in Miami for tennis, highlights from March 18 to 31st as some of the world's tennis giants battle it out in the Sony Open. Currently sponsored and named after Sony Mobile, the event is also known as the Miami Masters. The first edition of the Miami Masters was held in 1985, and the event is now an important stepping stone for both male and female tennis players on their way to top.

Overview of the Event

The Sony Open takes place over 13-day period, during which you can watch as some players rise to the top while others do not move on to the next round. Some important vital statistics for the event are:

• Visitors: 316,267 in 2011

• Men's Prize Money: $3.645 million

• Women's Prize Money: $4.5 million

• Men's Tour Category: Masters 1000

• Women's Tour Category: Premier Mandatory

• 2012 Men's Champion: Novak Djokovic

• 2012 Women's Champion: Agnieszka Radwanska

• Most wins (men): Andre Agassi (6)

• Most wins (women): Steffi Graf and Serena Williams (5)

• Tickets: Start at $9 per day and go up to over $500

Boosting the Miami Tourist Trade

The Crandon Park Tennis Center boasts 13,800 seats for fans to watch their favorites play (Sony Open Tennis). The audience is made up of both local and international tennis fans, with people traveling from all parts of the world. Many party venues Miami has to offer will be getting a boost from the traffic for the Sony Open, as will some businesses. Every sports photography studio Miami has will be battling it out for the best pictures of these elite athletes on the court, for example.

Another famous Miami attraction that occurs during winter months is the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach. The Art Basel Wynwood overflow started when viewers of the former were attracted to galleries and mural art being painted in the Wynwood District, Tony Goldman’s project The Wynwood Walls. Ten years down the line, Wynwood has become the place for art enthusiasts to visit after a trip to Miami Beach for Art Basel.