COUNTRY CLUB OF MIAMI (305-829-8456)
Florida Golf Course Review
The Country Club of Miami is a legendary golf facility that features 36 holes of championship golf rated 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. Robert
Trent Jones designed the layouts in 1961, and the country club soon became one of the favorite haunts of celebrities such Jackie Gleason, Bing Crosby,
and Bob Hope. Jack Nicklaus played his first professional tournament on the West Course, which hosted the 1991 Senior Open Qualifying School.
The Club's first resident golf professional was none other than Arnold Palmer. The tradition of greatness continues on these recently renovated layouts,
which together provide a nice one-two punch with a good variation in design. Besides the two 18-hole courses, the property features a full scale driving
range and a spacious short game area that members and guests can utilize for work on putting, pitches and chips. The clubhouse includes a pro shop,
restaurant/lounge and outing/event facilities that can accommodate up to 300 guests. PGA Instruction and junior golf programs are available.
The West Course is by far the longer of the two layouts, with four sets of tees playing to distances and slopes measuring 7017 yards/132 slope, 6583
yards/128 slope, 6139 yards/124 slope, and 5298 yards with a slope of 120 from the forward tees. Treacherous bunkers, lush fairways and rolling greens
offer challenge and playability for all levels of golfers on this course which winds through a residential community. Holes number 11 through 16 constitute
the most interesting section of the course, with water hazards prominently in play on 5 of the 6 holes. Water - in the form of lakes, ponds or creeks, appear
in various degrees of difficulty on all 18 holes of this layout.
The West layout is the course with all the history, as former host to many previous tournaments and PGA and Senior PGA events. Its 73.8 course rating
from the back tees attests to the challenge. There are two par threes and 2 par fives on each nine of this par 72 design. Besides the driving range and
putting greens on property, visitors are also welcome to use the short game area - which allows for pitches and chips in excess of 50 yards in length.
Breakfast is available from 7 am in the clubhouse restaurant, which also features a lunch menu until 4 or 5 pm. For more info, visit our page for the
property, with direct link to their website by clicking here.