Golf and South Florida go hand in hand, and there’s no better season to tee off than summer. If you’re traveling here for our plethora of par-72s or need a new local clubhouse to call home, you’ll certainly want to check out all four of these flawless golf courses near Fort Lauderdale.
Coral Ridge Country Club – Fort Lauderdale
Known as Fort Lauderdale’s premier private country club, Coral Ridge features one of the area’s finest 18-hole courses. What pushes Coral Ridge into the upper echelon of Florida golf courses are its championship-caliber fairways, bright greens, and plentiful hazards. Golfers can also ride in 4-seater carts, so feel free to pack your CR-V with the whole family and a set of clubs for each golfer.
Some of our favorite Coral Ridge holes include the following:
- Hole #4 (Par 5, 500 yards) – Two large bunker areas line the fairway, which doglegs right when approaching the rolling green and its surrounding sand traps. Many a ball have been lost to the water hazard that sits below the green.
- Hole #16 (Par 3, 150 yards) – A smooth tee-off with a 5- or 6-iron will get you into birdie range, but beware of the deep bunkers along the leftmost edge and the deceptively sloped rough that flows into a pond.
Pine Tree Golf Club – Boynton Beach
Just north of Pompano Beach is Pine Tree Golf Club, a course that one Google reviewer rated with two “fireworks” symbols. Members of this club receive access to nearly 7,200 yards of world-class grass. Its design is traditional with long, wide fairways and numerous albeit tiny sand traps. But don’t let its classic look fool you—Pine Tree is one of South Florida’s most difficult courses, so be prepared for a grueling 6-hour workout.
Fans of the Pine Tree links have grown to love the following holes:
- Hole #5 (Par 5, 600 yards) – As the course’s first long par-5, the 5th hole starts getting interesting about 200 yards out from the green. Sand traps can envelop you if you’re not careful, and a sub-par 4-iron game will make matters worse thanks to bunkers along the green’s edge. It’s a doozy.
- Hole #18 (Par 4, 450 yards) – The small green on this final hole is no joke. It’s engulfed by a water hazard, so prepare to lay up if you want to avoid a stroke penalty. Or take a mulligan because who’s counting? All’s fair in love and golf.
Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
Sitting on 250 secluded acres in Key Biscayne, FL, is Crandon Golf, an exquisite public course that features a plethora of saltwater lakes, cavernous bunkers, and thickets as far as the eye can see. While this par-72 course may sound challenging—you may snap your wedge in half before completing the 7,300-yard task—Crandon Golf is also a stunning display of Florida’s beauty.
Fan-favorite holes at Crandon include the following:
- Hole # 7 (Par 4, 400 yards) – A shank off of this hole may very well end in a lake drainage outlet, as will a bad approach shot toward the green. Shoot for par, and hope for bogey.
- Hole #17 (Par 3, 200 yards) – Nestled along the edge of the course and surrounded by mangroves, hole #17 is the embodiment of serenity. Don’t feel bad about 8-putting, either—it just means more time to take in this little piece of paradise.
Indian Creek Country Club – Miami Beach
If you’re looking for an upscale course somewhere between Riviera Beach and Miami, FL, Indian Creek Country Club is right in your tee box. Based on what’s known as “the playground for the rich,” this C.C. is the “posh” to your “spice,” the “swank” to your “Hilary,” the “Ritz” to your—you get the idea. Thick Bermuda Grass covers this exclusive 6,800-yard course, which is polished beyond perfection and is even protected by boat patrols. Becoming a member or getting an invite to the club is no small task, but it’s well worth the effort if you’re tired of the status quo.
Although few get to play Indian Creek, those who have tend to enjoy the following holes:
- Hole #4 (Par 4, 350 yards) – The 4th hole follows along the island’s edge and has a slight kick along the fairway. Bunkers are dug to both sides of the green, offering little remorse for the unlucky few who land in them.
- Hole #8 (Par 3, 200 yards) – Sand traps outline the green on this par-3, which staggeringly runs 200 yards out. Club selection is key here, so know your markings; a 4-wood may work best, though success with the full-on iron play isn’t out of the question. But if you hit the sand, prepare to make a long and open-faced wedge shot to get out of it.
Tee Off in a New Honda from South Florida Honda Dealers
If you plan on upgrading your driver this summer, don’t forget to also upgrade your drive (aka. your ride)! At South Florida Honda Dealers, we’re in the midst of an amazing “Honda Summerbration” sales event, which means you can get just about any new or CPO Honda on clearance. Browse our current Honda specials online, and be sure to locate your nearest Honda dealership in Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, or Riviera Beach to speak with a member of our sales team.
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