A major city in Southeastern Florida’s Atlantic Coast and the 42nd largest in the United States, Miami is known to be “The Gateway to the Americas”. The city has served as a major center for finance, commerce, international trade, education, performing arts, and many more. The downtown area is home to numerous large national and international companies as well as the largest concentration of the United State’s international banks. Aside from being the country’s major financial center, Miami also boasts of its majestic beach resorts, bars, nightclubs, bohemian shops, restaurants, and the high caliber championship golf courses. Guests and golfers alike can have the exciting golf vacation packages that can access some of the finest greens in the area including the Blue Monster of Doral Resort, the Great White Course of Doral Resort, Miller Course of the Fairmont Turnberry, the Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, and the Normandy Shores Golf Club.
Doral Resort – The Blue Monster
Home to the World Golf Championships in 2007, the Blue Monster of Doral Resort is all about world-class golfing. The course was originally designed by the famed Dick Wilson and later underwent restorations under the supervision of Raymond Floyd. This historic layout also features the series of placed bunkers that were strategically arranged, the long fairways, a deep Bermuda rough, undulating green, and the assortment of unique water hazards. Its 18th hole that goes with a signature fountain was cited as among the “Top 100 Holes in the World” by GOLF Magazine.
Doral Resort Great White Course
The Doral Resort Great White Course is a par-72, 7,171-yard Greg Norman signature course. In 2000, the course served as the host to the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout of the PGA Tour and was cited by the National Golf Foundation as “The Best New Golf Course”. The course features the demanding fairways, the sporadic Scottish-style bunkers, hundred of palm trees, and the coquina crushed shells holes. To add to the excitement, water comes into play on most of the layout’s 18 holes.
The Fairmont Turnberry – Miller Course
Nestled in the 300 tropical acres of South Florida, the Miller Course of The Fairmont Turnberry underwent a $100 million transformation paving the way for the new Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Redesigned by Raymond Floyd, golf Hall of Famer, the new layout now features the gently contoured fairways, spectacular water features, sharp doglegs, and the increased elevation changes. This challenging layout offers the par 70, 6,417 yards of play.
On an island paradise in Key Biscayne lies the Crandon Park Golf Course, an 18-hole championship golf course that has been attracting all sorts of golfers. An original masterpiece of Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge that was later redesigned by Hagge in 1993, the course now features the largest tee in the world. The challenging sand traps, seven saltwater lakes, and mangrove thickets were also added to make each round more exciting. The layout was cited by Golf Digest as among “America’s Top 75 Upscale Courses”.
The Normandy Shores Golf Club is considered as a hidden jewel that is set in a serene area of Normandy Isle. Designed by the famed Arthur Hills, the layout features the rolling fairways, bunkering in landing areas, water hazards, and the well protected greens. Both the professional and novice golfers can have the enjoyable tee times as they are pampered by the soothing breezes and the tropical wildlife backdrop.