The Florida Keys make up a stunning, biodiverse archipelago to explore. Famed for their natural scenery and ecotourism, a trip down to the Keys holds a myriad of different activities to undertake in gorgeous surroundings. Of course, diving is a major draw to this area, as is fishing as well as the numerous national parks and wildlife. But we aren’t here to discuss all these wonderful ways to spend our time – we are here to discover something more important…the golf courses available to you in this idyllic paradise.
Firstly, let’s begin with the newly renovated Key West Golf Club, located on the most populace island in the Keys. Built in 1983, this par 72 course is constantly improving and boasts beautiful scenery to surround yourself in while you play. It is pretty much a perfect vacation course, moderately challenging but still great fun, with tropical landscapes surrounding you to further add to the experience.
Moving further north to Key Largo is the Ocean Reef Club. This high-end golf club has not one but two championship 18-hole courses: the Hammock and the Dolphin. Both offer a distinctly different experience – challenging golfers of all abilities – in picturesque settings. The Dolphin Course is a par 71 and has water hazards without being too challenging, thanks to its generous fairways. The Hammock course is partly located in a lush wildlife sanctuary of mangrove, giving golfers the opportunity to view rare species of tropical flora whilst playing the course. It is another par 71 course and is known to be the more scenic of the two. It also has water hazards on 14 of the holes – so make sure you bring your A game.
Lastly, if you’re in the middle of the Keys and looking to play a round, there is the recently rebranded Florida Keys Country Club (previously known as the Sombrero Country Club). This was built in 1960 and is par 71. This isn’t in perfect shape, but it is still good fun and has a solid pace of play, is a respectable price and is in the process of improving.