With an abundance of lush vegetation, flat land and an ocean breeze, it’s no wonder Miami Beach golf courses are often mentioned throughout golf media as “˜must plays’ – from PGA Tour grade holes to budget friendly options. Whether you’re visiting Miami for work, pleasure or an extended vacation, here are our top Miami area greens…
Trump National Doral
Home of the world-renowned Blue Monster course, Trump National Doral Miami was bought out by Donald Trump in 2012, raising even higher expectations of what golfers can expect upon the re-opening of courses at the end of 2013. Aside from Blue Monster, the resort has four additional championship courses to choose from, all of which have hosted golf pros such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Need some help to get to that level? In addition to premier courses, Trump National is also home to of one of the most notable golf schools in America.
Trump National Doral Miami, 4400 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178
Located in the highly sought-after area of Aventura, Turnberry Isle is home to two 18-hole championship courses: Soffer and Miller. Noted by Golfweek’s “˜Best Courses to Play’ in 2011, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. cleverly designed the 7,047 yards of rolling fairway to embrace natural water hazards, but that didn’t stop him from aligning carefully placed bunkers, doglegs and lush greens tactful enough to entice the pros. In addition to its Grade A grounds, including dining and recreational opportunities, the facility also offers daily clinics open to the public year round.
Turnberry Isle, 19999 W Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180
Normandy Shores Golf Club
Carefully positioned on a residential island within Biscayne Bay, Normandy Shores is a low-key game changer. However, don’t let its short fairway lengths fool you; you’ll encounter well placed bunker and water hazards at 12 of the 18 holes throughout the course, making Normandy Shores Golf Club a true test of any golfer’s skillset. The isle has a knack for providing its guests with gentle breezes throughout the day, making it a desirable outdoor experience even in winter.
Normandy Shores Golf Cub, 2401 Biarritz Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Other notable courses within driving distance:
The Biltmore 1210 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
PGA National Resort & Spa 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
The Breakers 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
North Palm Beach Country Club 951 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
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Written by Kristin Clark
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