With more golf courses than any other State, Florida also boasts some of the most historic and challenging right in our backyard. Here are five of the best places to tee-off in South Florida.
PGA National’s Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens
This South Florida golf resort course is “tops” for any avid golfer. Home to five of the best courses:
A must-play on any avid golfer’s list, The Champion course features the “Bear Trap”, which spans three demanding holes designed by Jack Nicklaus, is an intimidating trifecta of holes – 15, 16 and 17 – known as among the most demanding 3-hole stretches on the PGA TOUR. Although The Champion has generous landing areas and spacious and accepting TifEagle greens, golfers are presented with course management challenges throughout the round.
The Palmer Course, named after its designer, Arnold Palmer, is one of the more forgiving at PGA National Resort from tee to fairway, known as a risk/reward game. The open fairways and larger “Champion Bermuda” greens can be quite accommodating.
The Squire course, offers the ultimate test of accuracy and precision. Designed by Tom and George Fazio, The Squire is the shortest and most exacting of the courses at PGA National Resort
The Fazio Course, a reinvention of The Haig, PGA National Resort & Spa’s original 18-hole course that opened in 1980. The Haig was designed by George and Tom Fazio in tribute to five-time PGA champion Walter Hagen, and its renovation is being led by third-generation designer Tom Fazio II, who emphasized modernizing the course layout. While the original par-72 routing remains intact, the renovation improves the classic golf architecture with modern advances.
The Estates course, Designed by Karl Litten, presents an enjoyable mix of challenging and docile holes. The course sets up for any level of player as it is one of the shorter courses at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Turnberry Isle Miami
Turnberry Isle Miami has two 18-hole championship courses – Soffer and Miller. Originally designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the course has been re-imagined by famous golf icon Raymond Floyd. Host to numerous PGA and LPGA championships, the striking contoured fairways, doglegs, curved bunkers and challenging elevation changes test golfers of all skill levels.
Notable: Turnberry Isle has partnered with Ship Sticks to make playing with your own clubs easy, with the provision of door to door delivery service.
Feel like making a day of it, Turnberry Isle can coordinate 36 holes of championship golf and a night out at the resort’s award-winning steakhouse, BOURBON STEAK by Michael Mina. Tee off in the morning and then relax at Turnberry’s soothing spa, with a massage or body wrap.
The Breakers, Palm Beach
The iconic and historic hotel offers two amazing 18-hole championship courses.
The Ocean Course, Florida’s oldest 18-hole course is a 6,100-yard, par 70 course redesigned by Brian Silva in 2000. Beautifully landscaped with manicured greens, a constant test for all skill levels.
The Rees Jones® Course, reconstructed in 2004 by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones, boasts lushly landscaped and challenging course designed in Jones’ award-winning neo-classic style, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Breakers West residential community.
Trump National Doral Miami
Home to 72 holes of championship golf across four uniquely designed courses, Red Tiger, Golden Palm and Silver Fox and one of golf’s most iconic, the Blue Monster Course – the 7,590 yard course features a series of strategically placed deep bunkers, long flowing fairways, interesting undulating greens, deep Bermuda rough and a challenging assortment of water hazards – all of which combine for a course that requires both length and finesse to score well. With legendary architect Gil Hanse at the helm, the historic Blue Monster Course has undergone a complete redesign.
Notable: The resort also offers a state of the art LED practice facility, the cutting edge True Spec Golf club fitting lab and the Jim McLean Golf Schools, ranked consistently #1 golf school in the country.
In the heart of Coral Gables, and a few short steps from the Biltmore is a 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71, championship golf course. Designed in 1925 by Donald Ross, a transplanted Scotsman who was the pre-eminent golf designer of his era. Biltmore Golf Course Members get priority on tee time bookings, but the golf course if open to all.
Notable: Strengthen your game with help from the team of professionals at the Biltmore Academy. The PGA of America and the Golf Channel are just two of the renowned golf entities that make up the academy. With several PGA instructors to choose from you will surely be able to find the right professional to help your game.