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A Monster of an Event

For decades, Butch Buchholz was known for promoting tennis on Key Biscayne, but now he’s on his third year of building community support for the WGC-Cadillac World Golf Championship at Trump National Doral Miami.

The Sony Open on Key Biscayne, which Buchholz founded, has done a great job of letting the community know it’s coming at the end of March, but Buchholz says the golf championship has even more possibilities.

“This Cadillac World Golf Championship is only four days and you have the best golfers in the world. I think it should be part of the South Florida calendar of things that are enjoyable and fun,” he says. 

Compared to tennis venues, golf courses provide an expansive area for entertainment options, Buchholz says. Donald Trump’s $250 million makeover of Trump National has made the Blue Monster much more friendly to spectators.

“They created all these different mounds and things that make it a lot easier to see,” Buchholz says.

There are no player cuts after 36 holes, so spectators get the chance to see famous golfers such as Tiger Woods all the way through the end of the championship. 

Buchholz has pushed to make the tournament more of a regional event. About 36 country clubs signed up at least 24 participants for packages that include limousine service from the clubs to Doral.

AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson was so supportive that he’s allowed Buchholz to use space in the company headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Business and community leaders also have been added to an advisory board.

Non-golf events during the championship are adding to the region’s social scene.

A Saturday night concert will feature rock legend Carlos Santana performing at a temporary facility on the White Course. Buchholz credited developer Armando Codina, who will soon own the property, with being gracious for helping that to happen.

Also as part of the events, Ivanka Trump will have a fashion show featuring a major designer.

Buchholz also has pushed to upgrade the food after offering a lot of hamburgers and hot dogs during the first season of his involvement.

 �A person could not get a glass of champagne on the golf course,” he says. Moet champagne was added along with food from Sushi Maki, Versailles, Latin Caf” and Joe’s Stone Crab. Ten food trucks will be spread over the course this year.

The Cadillac Championship is appealing to millenials with the #BlueLife Pass, which has an exclusive lounge and access to Wi-Fi and live TV feeds.

The Escalade Lounge on the 16th hole is like a South Beach nightclub with music, Buchholz says. It has upgraded food and is priced at $395 for the four days of play.

There’s also a Grey Goose Lounge with beverages for sale to the general admission crowd and a deck that overlooks the 9th tee.

Buchholz indicats that Donald Trump seems pleased with his efforts, telling him that tennis tournaments are harder to do than golf championships and quipping, “You out trump me.”

Buchholz says his response was, “No one out trumps Donald Trump.” ?

 

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship 

Description: One of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. It gets most of the 75 top players in the world.

Purse: $9 million – $1.53 million to the winner. 

Site: The Blue Monster Course, Trump National Doral. 

Dates: Practice rounds start Wednesday, March 4, and the tournament continues the following four days

Tickets: Daily grounds are $30 to $50 depending on the day or $125 for all days. 

More info: www.CadillacChampionship.com; 1.844.868.7465.

 

 

HOT SPOTS

Platinum Suites: Best in class, these eight suites are to the right of the 18th Green. They are 20 x 30 feet, climate-controlled suite with upgraded seats, food buffet and bar. Sorry, all eight are sold out.

18th Green Club Box: A view of the Blue Monster’s finishing hole, with a full service bar.

18th Green Skybox: Two levels of seats over looking the 18th hole.

Monster Seats: Individual first come, first serve seats with full bar service at the 18th green. (The higher priced Monster Boxes have reserved seats and an even better view.)

International Club:  All-inclusive entertainment opportunity overlooks the 18th Green for groups of 10 to 20 with a full-service bar. 

Alliance Suite: Tents overlooking the 17th Green with customized food and beverage

Sarazen Club: Similar to the International Club, but located at the 9th Green.

 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.