Miami-Dade Parks Golf Courses

Miami-Dade Parks Golf Courses Some of Miami’s most important golf history has been written on the legendary layouts of the Country Club of Miami and Crandon Golf, Key Biscayne. Names like Palmer, Trevino, Player and Nicklaus have played the same courses you can enjoy just as much today, at surprising values.

The Miami-Dade Parks Golf Courses, which include the Country Club of Miami, Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, Palmetto, Greynolds and Briar Bay courses, offer a great variety of golf options, continue to be in great condition, have all been recently updated to meet the challenges of today’s players and equipment, and can now even be booked online. Rich in history, these courses are ready to help write the next golf memories for you and your family. 

Country Club of Miami

The first of many names to drop at this northern Dade County classic is Robert Trent Jones. The design legend laid out the picturesque 36 holes in 1959 and like a fine wine, the lush fairways, challenging bunkers and swiftly-rolling greens have aged gracefully. But we’ve only begun to talk about the greatness of this hallowed turf. Arnold Palmer was the first resident pro here. Lee Trevino and Gary Player won PGA TOUR events here (the National Airlines Open) in the early ‘70s and Miami’s legendary “Great One”, Jackie Gleason, hosted pals like Hope and Crosby on these links.

Country Club of Miami The recently renovated West Course is a true championship layout at over 7,000-yards from the tips with a par of 72, but highly-skilled players will still get all they want from the 6,600-yard Gold tees. The Country Club of Miami’s slogan, “The Game is All that Matters” is proven out on the East Course, which many players feel is even more fun despite its shorter length, exemplified by the potentially drivable risk-reward par-4 eighth hole. A par-70 layout stretching from just over 5,000 yards to nearly 6,500, the East Course still has two burly par-5s and its par-3s are handicapped among the tougher holes on the course.

With 36 holes to literally “play with”, The Country Club of Miami is a great place for your corporate or charitable outing (even on weekends) of from 4 to 288 guests. You can customize a hassle-free event package with their knowledgeable staff and avail yourself of their full-service culinary expertise, restaurant, banquet and meeting facilities. One of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 teachers in America, Larry Levow, has groomed his share of pros, and everyday players, at his state-of-the-art Golf Academy.

Here’s the kicker. You can play all the golf you want on this classic 36-hole layout, hit all the balls you want on their grass tee driving range, and dine on the lunch special, all for $31/player through October. For more, visit www.golfmiamicc.com or call (305) 829-8456

Crandon Golf, Key Biscayne

At the south end of Greater Miami, on the island paradise of Key Biscayne but just 10 minutes from downtown Miami, lies gorgeous Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. A truly playable golf course is one that never fails to get the juices flowing when you tee it up. Crandon is that kind of course. The 110-yard-long tees on some holes make Crandon very playable for everyone, but just so you know, this course hosted the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic on the Champions Tour for 17 years with winners like Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Bob Murphy, Larry Nelson and three-time champ Bruce Fleisher.

Crandon Golf, Key BiscayneThis Audubon Certified Sanctuary Course is a tropical joy with its dense foliage a haven for all sorts of wildlife including iguanas and crocodiles that inhabit its salt-water lakes. And birdies? Besides the rewards of finding the ones in all the mangrove trees that eloquently frame this Bruce Devlin/Robert von Hagge design, you’ll achieve a pretty high degree of satisfaction with any you pluck out of this excellent test that stretches out from 5,400 yards up front to nearly 7,383 from the tips, with stout slope ratings of 139 from the middle tees back to 145 off the championship markers.

Even if you don’t play from the tips, take a look at the new back tees at the two fabulous finishing holes. The par-3 17th has a new tee that forces a 252-yard carry to reach the enormous 10,500 square-foot green. The par-4 18th now has a back tee that demands a 240-yard drive to carry a creek in front of the fairway that’s flanked on both sides by water.

A perfect place for your outing or special event, the great golf is accompanied by a skilled staff and a new wood-accented clubhouse with a full-service restaurant and catering that really puts the “special” in your event. In addition, the Crandon Golf Academy offers the entire package of individualized lessons, clinics and group “schools” to improve your game.

For more information, visit www.crandongolf.net or call (305)361-9129.

But great golf experiences aren’t limited to just the “championship” courses. You’ll find the atmosphere at Palmetto, Greynolds and Briar Bay relaxing, yet challenging.

Palmetto Golf Course

Centrally located between the Miami Zoo and Biscayne Bay near 152nd St. and the Dixie Highway, Palmetto has golf carts, but it’s almost a shame not to walk this beautiful Dick Wilson par-70 layout between the palmettos and a series of serpentine canals. And with closely-monitored pace-of-play, you can walk it in around four hours.

Palmetto Golf CourseNew tees have stretched out the course to over 6,800 yards from the tips, but the 6,200 yard white tees are extremely playable. Water comes into play on at least 11 holes, two of the more memorable being the par-4 fourth and par-3 seventh. Because of the prevailing breezes, the seventh can require anything from an 8-iron down to a 2-iron to clear the canal and a pond in front of the green. The fourth hole, while very short-just 320 from the tips-has a tee box aiming you toward the lake that runs the length of the hole on the right side, the fairway slopes toward the water, and you almost can’t help but fade your ball toward the watery grave.

Palmetto might be the best place to practice in all of South Florida. With a team of instructors on-staff offering individual, group and corporate clinics, possibly the largest lighted practice green in the country (20,000 square-feet) and a driving range that is open until 9pm every night, you can’t help but get better. A spacious clubhouse with theatre-style seating for 200 and a banquet capacity of 140 is perfect for your group outing or special event.

For more, visit www.golfpalmetto.com or call (305) 253-1069.

Greynolds Golf Course

A beautiful, historic parkland setting unlike any other in Miami greets golfers at Greynolds. Set in a live oak forest near a bird rookery at Greynolds Park off US 1 in North Miami Beach, you’re encouraged to walk this peaceful, full-sized 9-hole course in two hours or less.

Greynolds Golf CourseAt a full 3,100 yards from the tips, this par-36 layout doesn’t scrimp on yardage at all with a pair of challenging par-5s and two signifi cantly diverse par-3s.

The Mark Mahannah design is perfect for the busy, beginning, or occasional golfer who appreciates a walk in the park as much as the Tifdwarf Bermuda greens. Club rentals are available. And with a comfortable clubhouse, your group is always welcome at Greynolds.

How’s this for an offer? Anytime Monday through Friday and after 10am through Oct. 31st, you and a friend can enjoy the beauty of Greynolds for $21.50, total, cart included. Visit www.greynoldsgolf.com or call (305) 949-1741

Briar Bay Golf Cours

Want to get out and play a truly “quick” nine just for the fun of it? The par-31 executive Briar Bay layout, designed by Devlin and Von Hagge, can be played comfortably in under two hours, and don’t let its distance fool you.

Briar Bay Golf CoursThe par-4 third hole is a great dogleg left with a green surrounded by water and the par-3 seventh requires a shot that avoids a large lake on the left hand side. Located eight blocks west of US 1 and 136th Street, Briar Bay has enough room, and just the right amount of difficulty, to challenge the beginner and the expert player. For more visit www.briarbaygolf.com or call (305)235-6667.

Check out each course’s Web site for the latest internet specials and don’t forget you can book your tee time at any of them online at http://miami.e-golf.net. With a great variety of layouts scattered throughout metro Miami and stunning value at all of them, the golf courses of the Miami-Dade Parks take on many faces. All of them smiling.

 

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