Known as the “Venice of America”, Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city that features the intricate and expansive canal system that has been attracting both the local and foreign guests from across the globe. As a major yachting center, the city is also home to famous beaches and boats with thousands of resident yachts as well as a hundred marinas and boatyards. Aside from the city’s top notch beaches, Fort Lauderdale also boasts of its Las Olas Boulevard shopping, gondola rides, historic riverfronts, and the majestic golf course masterpieces of renowned golf icons. Some of Fort Lauderdale’s challenging greens that makes a perfect golf vacation destination include the Heron Bay Golf Club, the Club at Emerald Hills, the Plantation Preserve, the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, and the Palm Aire Country Club – Palms Course.
The Heron Bay Golf Club is an 18-hole championship layout designed by Mark McCumber, a PGA TOUR professional. Cited by Golf Magazine as one of the city’s “Top Ten Places to Play”; the layout features over a hundred bunkers and an array of tees that will provide golfers with a variety of golf playing option. The course also boasts of its multi-tiered practice facility that comes with realistic target greens, complete short game area, and high quality practice balls.
Cited by ESPN as one of “America’s Top Golf Courses”, the Club at Emerald Hills is a challenging layout that features the well protected undulating greens, the lush rolling fairways and water that comes into play on the layout’s 12 holes. After undergoing extensive renovations in 1989, the course has already served as a host to golf competitions including the 2003 U.S. Amateur Qualifier and the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier. This amazing layout was also cited as Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play for the Last Ten Years”.
Set in a 211-acre parcel of land, the Plantation Preserve is a highly recognized championship golf course that offers a par-72 7,000 yards of play. Aside from the well-designed greens, guests can also explore the linear park trail that features the 2 trailheads that wind through the acres of wetland preserve and the golf course. The course was also cited as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the golf courses program of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The Hillcrest Golf & Country Club is a championship layout that was redesigned by the famed architect Joe “Gentleman” Lee in 2000. He added the new sand traps, mounding, improved tee boxes, and new lakes to the course while maintaining its classic features. This par-72 layout also offers the Tif-Eagle greens, pristine lakes, and the lush landscaping that will surely attract discerning golfers.
Originally designed in 1959 by William Mitchell, the Palm Aire Country Club – Palms Course underwent renovations in 1996 that was handled by Lori Viola and Karl Kitten. The course now features the modernized system that will keep the rough areas and fairways in top-notch condition as well as the new car paths. Among the golf competitions that were held in the Palms include the Florida Open and the Nike South Florida Classic.