Miami’s Best Resorts For Golfing

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Trump National Doral

By: Shayne Benowitz

Take your pick from one of Miami’s classic golf resorts.

If it’s not really a vacation without a round of golf, then consider staying at one of Miami’s luxurious golf resorts. Offering so much more than acres of lush links, these resorts are fun for the whole family with fine dining, sumptuous spa services, sunny swimming pools and activities that cater to an active lifestyle.

Take your pick from one of Miami’s classic golf resorts.

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Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club

Originally designed by Bill Watts in 1962, The Senator Course at Shula’s Golf Club underwent a full renovation in 2013 and remains one of Miami’s most classic and tropically lush Championship Golf Courses. With 500 acres of greens, this is a premiere Miami Lakes golf resort. Named for former Miami Dolphins football Head Coach Don Shula, this hotel and golf club has been a landmark destination for decades. It’s also home to the famed Shula’s Steakhouse and a relaxing resort pool. Whether you’re a golf enthusiast, a Dolphins diehard or simply a fan of Miami’s sunshine, Shula’s has something for you.

    Trump National Doral Miami

    Playing host to the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship every March, Trump National Doral is fresh off a $250 million renovation to its 800-acre property. Featuring four championship golf courses, The Red Tiger (named for Jackie Gleason who once frequented the course in the ‘60s) was unveiled in January 2015 and features 120 acres of New England-style greens redesigned by Gil Hanse.

    The most iconic of the resort’s four courses, however, is the challenging Blue Monster, which also underwent a redesign. Featuring deep bunkers, long fairways and challenging water hazards, the 18th hole was ranked amongst the Top 100 by Golf Magazine. Additionally, the resort features a driving range and the Jim McClean Golf School.

    When it comes to post-golf activities, Trump boasts three restaurants including BLT Prime, a modern American steakhouse with panoramic views of The Blue Monster golf course. There’s also a full service spa, seven tennis courts, swimming pool, Trump Kids Club and a state-of-the-art health club at the 643-room resort.

      The Biltmore Hotel

      The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, with its Mediterranean Revival splendor, is one of the most iconic resorts in Miami. From the largest pool in the United States (filled with 600,000 gallons of water) to lavish Sunday brunch at Fontana, The Biltmore exudes Old Florida charm in the lap of luxury for today’s discerning traveler.

      For exceptional fine dining, Palme d’Or delivers haute French cuisine helmed by Michelin-starred and James Beard “Rising Star” chef Gregory Pugin. The hotel recently launched a Bennesere wellness program with a holistic approach to spa, fitness and healthy dining.

      For golfers, the 18-hole Donald Ross Golf Course recently underwent a $160,000 enhancement to its driving range, practice areas, hitting station and pro shop. Between the Biltmore Golf Academy and Total Performance Golfing, PGA Pro instruction is available for beginners to advanced golfers.

        Turnberry Isle Miami

        With a Forbes-rated spa, new restaurant Corsair Kitchen & Bar, and two 18-hole Raymond Floyd redesigned golf courses, Turnberry Isle in Aventura is a prime getaway.

        The Soffer and Miller courses were originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and have been reimagined by Floyd to include contoured fairways, clever doglegs, challenging bunkers and strategically-placed water features. From lessons to clinics these rolling greens, named a Best Resort Course by Golfweek, have something for golfers of all levels.

        This 408-room Autograph Collection resort makes for the perfect family or romantic getaway with three stunning swimming pools, Cañas Tennis, a three-story fitness center in addition to the spa and access to the Beach Club on the Atlantic. It’s conveniently located across the street from premier shopping destination Aventura Mall. With its Kids Connection recreation program and nearly three miles of jogging trail, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do.

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