If you’re among the fortunate few with a ticket to the big game on Feb. 4.-or even if you’re just a die-hard fan in town for the tailgating-then pack your sticks. Miami is easily one of the most underrated golf towns in America, so take a tee time out during the festivities.
Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort (South Course)
7,096 yards, par 71;
Greens fee not set at press time
Reopened Dec. 15 after a radical Ray Floyd redesign, what remains unchanged is the knee-knocker finishing hole, with its island green.
Miami Beach Golf Club
6,813 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $200;
Thanks to Arthur Hills’ recent work, Miami Beach stands as a golf oasis, its lake-lined fairways cocooned by Miami high-rises.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Blue Course)
7,288 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $295;
The Blue Monster has been hosting the PGA Tour since Jack Nicklaus’ rookie season in 1962, and this year it is home to a World Golf Championship event. The game’s best will see a refurbished Blue, with all 18 greens re-grassed, as well as a complete bunker renovation.
What hasn’t changed is the nasty par-4 closing hole that wreaks havoc when the wind blows. There are also four other courses on site, with greens fees ranging from $225 to $250.
Crandon Park Golf Course
7,301 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $150;
Formerly known as the Links at Key Biscayne, Crandon Park (a former Champions Tour stop) serves up dramatic views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, with five holes right along the water. What will dominate your view, however, is the bunkering, which looms large from every tee.
Don Shula’s Golf Club
6,982 yards, par 72;
Greens fee: $130;
The Hall-of-Fame Dolphins coach’s namesake course is not of Pro Bowl caliber, but it’s got game nonetheless. A tree-lined, Northern-style front nine is highlighted by the island green, par-5 seventh, while the more tropical back side boasts a Blue Monsterlike watery home hole.