Golf in Miami Beach

Golf in Miami Beach
Greater Miami has more than 30 private and public courses. Costs at most courses are higher on weekends and in season, but you can save by playing on weekdays and after 1 or 3 pm, depending on the course-call ahead to find out when afternoon-twilight rates go into effect.
Biltmore Golf Course. The 18-hole, par-71 championship course, known for its scenic layout, has been restored to its original Donald Ross design, circa 1925. Greens fees in season range from $145 to $165 for nonresidents. The optional cart is $27. 1210 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL, 33134. 305/460-5364. www.biltmorehotel.com..

Overlooking the bay, the Crandon Golf Course (6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 33149. 305/361-9129. www.crandongolfclub.com) is a top-rated 18-hole, par-72 public course in a beautiful tropical setting. Expect to pay $160 for a round in winter, $63.50 in summer, cart included. Twilight rates from $40 apply after 3 pm. Don Shula's Hotel & Golf Club. In northern Miami, this hotel has one of the longest championship courses in the area (7,055 yards, par 72), a lighted par-3 course, and a golf school. Greens fees are $134-$175, depending on the season. Hotel guests get discounted rates. You'll pay in the lower range on weekdays, more on weekends, and $45 after 3 pm. Golf carts are included. The par-3 course is $12 weekdays, $15 weekends. The club hosts more than 75 tournaments a year. 7601 Miami Lakes Dr., 154th St. Exit off Rte. 826, Miami Lakes, FL, 33014. 305/820-8106. www.donshulahotel.com..

Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Of its five courses and many annual tournaments this resort, just west of Miami proper, is best known for the par-72 Blue Monster course and the PGA's annual World Golf Championship. (The week of festivities planned around this tournament, which offers $8 million in prize money, brings hordes of pro-golf aficionados in late March.) Greens fees range from $65 to $325. Carts are not required. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., 36th St. Exit off Rte. 826, Doral, Miami, FL, 33178. 305/592-2000 or 800/713-6725. www.doralresort.com..

For a casual family outing or for beginners, the 9-hole, par-3 Haulover Golf Course is right on the Intracoastal Waterway at the north end of Miami Beach. The longest hole on this walking course is 120 yards; greens fees are less than $10, plus $5 for parking. Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL, 33154. 305/940-6719.

Miami Beach Golf Club. Hit the links in the heart of South Beach at a lovely 18-hole, par-72 course. Greens fees are $100 in summer, $200 in winter, including mandatory cart. 2301 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/532-3350. www.miamibeachgolfclub.com..

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