Miami immediately conjures up images of palm trees, nightclubs, art deco buildings, vacations and of course beaches. Well, you might also like to know that Miami offers up some excellent golf courses in stunning surroundings and that famous tropical weather. So don’t get distracted by all the lights – or if you do make sure you wake up early enough to play one of the great courses that Miami boasts.
Starting with a course which comes highly recommended by many players – the Melreese Golf Club at International Links. It has a convenient location, is excellent value for money and is constantly improving. It is a good choice for all different abilities and the greens are really in the best condition. The 3.9 million used on the renovation here in 1997 was well spent and the course excels in every area. Both challenging and forgiving, this is a course any golfer should try.
Next up is the Miami Shores Country Club, a semi-private establishment designed in 1939. The course is impeccably maintained and the greens have a slight elevation, running fast and true. The course is demanding at times, but still fair. The price is reasonable, and the course has a classic, old school design that keeps you thinking throughout the duration. All in all, a great, historic course that is fun to play.
Thirdly, we have the Trump Doral Miami, which plays host to four different courses: Blue Monster, Golden Palm, Red Tiger and Silver Fox. All are unique and hold their own demands, with Red Tiger being the firm favorite for most. This is a par 72 that boasts scenic vistas alongside the water hazards, bunkers and undulating greens to contend with. A real test for the expert player, and there are often deals on offer to make the price more affordable – the other three courses are equally as unique and challenging.
Last but not least is Normandy Shores Golf Course; a course steeped in history and a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Excellent value for money, this course has an excellent pace of play and can be somewhat demanding but it not a huge challenge for the expert player, making it a good choice for beginners and those who are not as advanced.