Best Golfing in Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Tour Miami's best golf courses

Miami is home to over 20 award-winning golf courses, drawing the top competitors in the sport to Miami’s fairways. From the abundant courses open to the public to greens set inside lavish resorts and country clubs, here’s a look at some of Miami’s best places to schedule a tee time during your visit.

Melreese Golf Course
International Links at Melreese Golf Course

Public Golf Courses

In the heart of Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Golf Club is a cornerstone of the community. The Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest-designed course consists of 18 holes with a par of 72. It’s also home to the Jim McLean Golf School, offering lessons and clinics throughout the year. The club's restaurant verlooks the greens and is a popular spot for lunch in a relaxing setting.

Designed by Arthur Hills, the Normandy Shores Golf Club is a sister club to the Miami Beach Golf Club. It’s an 18 hole, par 71 course that offers distinction for its abundant water hazards and rolling fairways set against Biscayne Bay in North Beach. The current resident head PGA Pro is Trace J. Allison. It’s also home to the Jose Hernandez Golf School, open to all levels and ages. Set in a lovely residential neighborhood, Normandy Shores Golf Club’s restaurant The Grill is a popular dining spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.

The 18-hole, par-71 International Links at Melreese Golf Course near the Miami International Airport has been around since 1960. The 135-acre course includes a 12-acre driving range. The challenging course features five lakes, nine waste bunkers, a cypress wetland and 97 sand bunkers.

Located on beautiful Key Biscayne inside the sprawling Crandon Park, Crandon Golf was named one of Golfweek’s Top Public Golf Courses. This 18-hole, par-72 championship course offers unique hazards, such as seven saltwater lakes, challenging sand traps and mangrove thickets with holes overlooking dazzling Biscayne Bay.

Trump National Doral
Trump National Doral

Luxurious Golf Resorts

Located in beautiful Coral Gables, The Biltmore Golf Club is an 18-hole, 71-par championship course originally designed in 1925 by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross and updated for the modern game in 2018. Amenities at the course include lessons for beginners to advanced golfers through the renowned Jim McLean Golf School, the 19th Hole Restaurant and Bar and access to the Swingfit Biltmore Golf Club Sales, Fitting & Repair Center.

Aventura’s JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is home to two 18-hole Raymond Floyd redesigned golf courses. The Soffer and Miller courses include contoured fairways, clever doglegs, challenging bunkers and strategically-placed water features. From lessons to clinics these rolling greens were named a Best Resort Course by Golfweek and have something for golfers of all ability levels.

Originally named for legendary Miami Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula, the Miami Lakes Hotel on Main, (formerly Shula's Hotel & Golf Club) is located in Miami Lakes. Originally designed by Bill Watts in 1962, The Senator Course at the Miami Lakes Golf Club remains one of Miami’s most classic and tropically lush Championship Golf Courses. With 500 acres of greens, it’s a premier golf resort that’s also home to ML Steaks + Sports.

Trump National Doral is home to four uniquely designed courses. The most iconic, however, is the challenging Blue Monster, featuring deep bunkers, long fairways and challenging water hazards. Its 18th hole was ranked among the Top 100 by Golf Magazine. Additionally, the resort features a driving range and club fittings. Golf memberships are also available at Trump National Doral Golf Club.

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