Nature is indeed the best accessory any golf course will ever have. Whilst many golf vacation destinations have resorted to moving the earth and creating a new “face” to a property, others have had better sense. But then again, if the property in question is the island park of Key Biscane, the piece of paradise ten minutes off downtown Miami, it would be hard to ignore and alter Mother Nature’s work here. The Crandon Park Golf Club has been the prime centerpiece of Key Biscayne, and it will be this way for a very, very long time.
The original Bruce Devlin/Robert Von Hagge have been partly recreated – the greens mostly, but the project was more a restoration than a renovation. And it has never been any better. The Crandon Park Golf Club features a layout measuring more than 7,300 yards from the back tees, par 72, all set amidst and through mangrove thickets, saltwater lakes and some of the most challenging sand traps in Miami. Many of the holes are overlooking the beautiful Biscayne Bay. If that is not enough a distraction to any game, then nature will take its course and make a mark on anybody’s golf vacation.
And by anybody, it means anybody including the big names in golf like Ray Floyd, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Arnold Palmer. They have all fallen prey to, if not the views, nature in its many forms in the Crandon Park Golf Club. They may be the alligators, the iguanas roaming freely about, or the many different species of birds that are as common here as the holes themselves. That, or the wind. Either way, nature and man will live harmoniously on this golf trip haven, and it will be this way for a very, very long time.