Tee it up or practice your swing at any of these luxurious and public golf courses and driving ranges in the Magic City.
Crandon Golf Course
Perhaps the prettiest of all golf courses in Miami, Crandon Golf Course is framed by the bay with sweeping vistas of the water and the Downtown skyline. Perched on the barrier island of Key Biscayne, the par-72 course features seven saltwater lakes, challenging sand traps and holes overlooking Biscayne Bay. There are a variety of rates with discounts for South Florida and Miami-Dade County residents, but for regular visitors the everyday regular rate is: Winter $176, Summer $90, Fall $140.
Now owned by Donald Trump – which may dissuade some folks from visiting – the former Doral Golf Resort and Spa is legendary. It features four championship golf courses including the famous Blue Monster on an 800-acre resort. Rates for the Blue Monster are $350, and $270 for twilight, but there are more courses to choose from such as the Silver Fox course for $195. The luxurious resort even features a spa for those who want to relax after a long day on the course. Full Golf Membership offers an elegant member-only clubhouse, unlimited driving range access, advance tee time, member-only tee-time, and even access to the Royal Palm pool complex, among other enticing perks.
Designed in 1959, the public par-70 golf course rests on 121 acres in Palmetto Bay (next to Pinecrest). The challenging 18-hole course is dotted with trees and water from the canal that runs through a good portion of the holes. It also features a 22-position driving range onsite with lighted putting green, a clubhouse and a golf shop. Visitors may also enjoy a fun game of miniature golf with friends and family. Winter rates for 18-holes are conveniently affordable – with cart is $50, and walking is only $25.
First opened as the Bayshore Golf Course in 1923, the Miami Beach Golf Club received a $10 million renovation in 2010. Visited by both locals and tourists alike, the course also features a driving range open every day. Golfing on the course varies by season with summer being the most affordable at $120 (as the scorching hot summer sun is discouraging) and $225 for winter.
Another historic course, The Biltmore’s par-72 course nestled in the hotel’s backyard in Coral Gables was designed by the legendary Donald Ross in 1925. The 18-hole course has been renovated with refreshed green lawns and soft fairways which allow the ball to roll farther. 18 holes for visiting guests during winter is $202, summer is $122, though there are more affordable rates for Coral Gables and Miami-Dade County Residents, and those looking to play nine holes.