Golfing continues to increase in popularity for everyone from the blue-collar to the wealthy, from novices to seasoned professionals. Miami’s most fantastic courses come with a side of wonderful weather and scenic beauty, but they’re not limited to private country clubs only. Miami offers outstanding options that provide fun, challenging and public greens, and these are the best.
Miami Beach Golf Club
2301 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Price: $200 peak season to April 30/$100 summer season from May 1 to Oct. 31
Hours: vary based on tee times
This popular course on historic Alton Road features an on-site pro shop with high-quality golf merchandise appropriate for this course. It’s open year round, busiest from January to April and you can book your tee times online. Its top-rated golf academy employs tenured professionals in the industry and works with golfers at all experience levels. The club offers equipment rentals as well.
Country Club of Miami
6801 NW 186th St.
Miami Lakes, FL 33015
Price: $45 Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 11 a.m./$40 11 a.m. to 2 p.m./$29 2 p.m. to twilight/$58 Sat, Sun and holidays – 7 a.m. to 11 a.m./$48 11 a.m. to 2 p.m./$29 2 p.m. to twilight
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat, Sun and holidays – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Each of the two courses at this site offers a unique golfing experience. Playing on the east course requires focus on strategy and placement, perfect for pros and beginners alike. The West course incorporates obstacles such as rolling greens and bunkers to offer a challenging round of golf. Courses are lighted, making them available for play during the evening hours. Golfers may also find excellent practice areas and professional golf instruction here.
Related: Best Golf Courses
Palmetto Golf Course
9300 Coral Reef Dr.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Price: $21.18 walking Mon to Fri/$11.24 junior walking/$32.10 Sat, Sun and holidays 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m./$25.25 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hours: daily – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This 22-position, lighted driving range offers a challenging round of golf, day or night. The property’s expansive clubhouse is a great place to relax and kick back, or get the group together. If you’re looking to learn more about the sport or improve your playing skills, the onsite golf lessons and golf clinics fit the bill. The course itself is not only aesthetically pleasing, it offers just enough of a challenge to make playing worthwhile and enjoyable without being overly difficult. Other services here include food and refreshments, and equipment rentals.
Greynolds Park Golf Course
17530 W. Dixie Hwy.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Price: $13 green fees (walking)/$6.75 replay (walking)/$5 pull cart/$7 electric cart/$7 student (walking)/$9 twilight (walking)/$8 rental clubs
Hours: daily – 7 a.m. to sunset
Greynolds Park Golf Course’s unique layout and par-36 game has earned made it one of Miami-Dade’s most popular nine-hole courses. Golfing enthusiasts will find superior staff throughout the course. Expect access to electric cars and club rentals. With its reasonably priced offerings, golfing at this course is easily affordable. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and can find just what they need at its expertly stocked pro shop.
Related: Best Golf Stores in South Florida
Briar Bay Golf Course
9375 SW 134 St.
Miami, FL 33157
Price: $11 green fees Mon to Fri/$12 Sat and Sun and holidays/$8.75 twilight
Hours: daily – 7 a.m. to sunset
More than 40,000 games are played annually at Briar Bay, which speaks volumes about the quality of the experience here. The course sits on 20 acres of land, providing ample space for lots of play and lots of people. Its multi-directional layout creates unique challenges during play, enhancing the experience. Briar Bay is an attractive course, and is more than suitable for seasoned players as well as first timers. The course offers an on-site clubhouse as well.
For nearly 20 years, Shawanda James has been actively involved in creative writing in Miami, Florida. In addition to her work as a freelance writer, she is actively seeking publication for her debut novel and collection of poetry. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.