Heading to Miami for a golf vacation? In low and shoulder seasons take advantage of stay-and play deals offered by the large resorts whose beautifully manicured greens and fairways and challenging designs make Miami golf world-famous.
Thirty minutes from Miami Beach, the Turnberry Isle Miami offers guests free green fees on their two Audubon certified, Raymond Floyd-designed courses. Check frequently for other specials.
When choosing Miami courses, consider that the basic landscape remains unchanged from course to course. Flat terrain, bright green open fairways, Bermuda greens, swaying palms and fragrant foliage abound. Golfers on a budget can skip the US $200 a round semi-private tracks for some of the great munis that look and play the same.
The best of these, 10 minutes from downtown Miami, Crandon Golf Key Biscayne hides among the Key’s pink and green tropical plants. Any course that begins and ends with par fives surrounded by water and mangroves deserves the “toughest par 72 course in the state” nomination. Fortunately,it’s also the most beautiful.
The only public course on the Bay, Crandon hosted the Senior PGA Tour. Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player have all played here.
Not to be outdone, the public Country Club of Miami course has hosted Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby on its 36-hole, Robert Trent Jones layout. Arnold Palmer was the club’s first professional in 1961.
- Turnberry Isle Resort: turnberryislemiami.com
- Crandon Golf Key Biscayne: www.golfcrandon.com
- Country Club of Miami:
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