The Sunshine State is a golfer’s paradise. It is packed with golf facilities and has a fantastic climate all-year round. This is a great recipe for the perfect destination. While many travel to Florida for a trip to the theme parks and golf courses of Orlando, there is more to the state than the central region.
Miami is a seaport city and sits on Florida’s southeast coast. It is known as the ‘cruise capital of the world’ due to its never-ending stream of cruise liners entering and leaving. The city is also heavily influenced by Cuban culture and has iconic architecture.
There are so many top-quality courses in the region that you need to do your homework before you go. We’re taking the guesswork out of it by giving you the best courses to play in the area.
Trump National Doral Miami
One of the first places you think of when discussing golf in the Miami-area is Trump Doral. This huge golf facility has something for everyone and is a great place to get your trip to Miami underway.
The Red Tiger, number 86 on the All Square Top 100 Courses in Florida, is not a long course but it is a tight and tricky one. This is the course for those of you who never miss a fairway and enjoy playing golf with tactics and intelligence. There are many water hazards on this course, as do all the courses at Trump Doral. This is a course for the shot makers rather than the big hitters.
The Golden Palm is a links-style Floridian course and number 74 in All Square’s Top 100 Courses in Florida. Many of these courses exist in the state and the hard pan fairways and fescue grasses can make for a fun round. Your drives will run out nicely but you better keep them straight! This course was designed by Gil Hanse and he and his team have used unique bunkers to make the course look good but play tough. The other feature Hanse employed here was undulating greens to help increase that links feel.
The Silver Fox is probably the second most challenging course at Trump Doral. This course is packed with water hazards. In fact, water comes into play on 16 of the 18 holes! Thankfully, to compensate for the many water hazards, there are only around 50 bunkers. These sand traps have, however, been carefully positioned and a round without catching a bunker here is something to be proud of!
The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral
Then there is the most famous of them all, The Blue Monster. The long time home of the WGC Cadillac Championship and one of the toughest tests of golf on tour. The Blue Monster is number 22 on the All Square Top 100 Courses in Florida list. This is a fearsome course and one that skilled golfers will love the challenge of. The greens on The Blue Monster are always in tournament-worthy condition and fast! Water hazards and bunkering are the courses protection elements that you’ll need to navigate around. The final hole is one of the most famous finishing holes in golf. The large water hazard all the way down the left side of the hole could get the heart racing at the tee box! A good score here is reserved only for those who have played excellent golf.
Miami Beach Golf Club
Everyone loves a golf course with an interesting history. Miami Beach Golf Club fits that bill perfectly. Originally built to attract wealthy tourists coming from more northern cities of the US, it was successful at first. Then World War II came along and this ground was hired out to the US Army for training purposes.
Yes, rifle-wielding soldiers played war games on these very fairways. Grenade smoke filled the air as these young men were trained up to be shipped out. Thankfully the property is a golf course once more and one you should definitely play.
The course has been extensively refurbished over time and is now a fantastic track. It is now the home of the South Beach International Amateur, one of the most prestigious amateur championships in golf.
Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
This course is widely regarded as one of the finest public courses in America. Crandon made is to number 76 on our list of best courses in Florida. The course is of championship quality and has hosted the Champions Tour on many occasions. This is the only golf course that features a subtropical lagoon in North America, so if that’s something you look for in a course then this is the one for you!
Joking aside, this golf course has some astounding views! The course is just a 10 minute drive from downtown Miami and provides you with a wonderful tropical escape. The signature hole on the course is the dog-legging par-4 7th hole. You will need to make sure you have plenty of battery in your phone because you’ll be taking a lot of pictures as you make your way around here, you’ve been warned.
Turnberry Isle Resort
The final two courses to mention in detail are the great offerings at Turnberry Isle. Robert Trent Jones Snr created both courses at this spectacular resort. Both The Soffer Course and The Miller Course were tweaked by Raymond Floyd recently. They both use contoured fairways and doglegs to keep golfers on their toes as they play the course. Perfectly placed water features and feature bunkering on both courses, there is lots to avoid.
Golf at Turnberry Isle is for members and resort guests only but it’s worth staying here just to play these amazing courses. The course has hosted two Senior PGA Championships and two LPGA events, it has great pedigree. As you make your way around the course, the waterfalls and tall buildings create a unique golfing experience.
International Links Miami, Normandy Shores and the Country Club of Miami are also good courses to play in the area. It is worth noting that Miami is in a great location for a trip to some other great courses of Florida. PGA National is and PGA Village are less than a 90-minute drive from Miami. You also have Naples and West Palm Beach nearby too! Florida is golf heaven and you can never run out of options for a great round of golf!