In Hollywood, Florida, staying at the Westin Diplomat means you’re either at the high-rise on the beach sharing the infinity pool with the young (er) and more stylish set – and their children or you’re a few minutes inland at the quieter, more refined, Diplomat Country Club, overlooking the splendid golf course of the same name.
Between 1997 and 2000, architect Joe Lee completely revamped Robert von Hagge’s original golf course. From your balcony, it doesn’t look like the course occupies 6,728 yards, though the full practice facility is highly visible – perfect for spying on golfers whose swings are worse than yours.
Hole one is a 500-yard double dogleg with water in front of the tee and again on the approach. Only those playing from the red tees have a realistic shot at par. While water is present on all other holes except 10 and 11, it is not much of a problem except for holes 4 and 8. 14 is the hardest hole on the course, because of its length and the wind.
The par 4, hole 2 features the signature island green and at 385 yards, requires a good drive to get there in two shots, tricky as most of these layouts are usually found on a par 3. One of the best features of the course are the smooth, immaculate, greens that play at just the right speed.
A free shuttle connects the Westin Diplomat Country Club with her sister on the shore, a good mile walk to the lively Hollywood Beach boardwalk. Refreshingly devoid of trendy cafés and pricey boutiques, the strip is well worth the journey for the open air breakfast/lunch/dinner specials served surfside amid cyclists, roller bladers and tacky tee-shirt shops.
The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive • Hollywood, FL 33019
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