Located west of downtown Hollywood and the beach and south of Hollywood Hills, Hillcrest Golf & Country Club is the name when one thinks of for luxury golf. Opened in 1965, this beautiful Hollywood golf course is an ageless Devlin/Von Hagge Design that has matured into a classic layout. Redesigned in 2000 by famed architect "Gentleman" Joe Lee, the course added mounding, new sand traps, improved tee boxes and new lakes. One specific distinguishing feature is the unique drainage that sets it apart from other courses in South Florida. When the frequent heavy rains come tee times are still available here. Membership requirements and fees are generous and accommodating.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: A true luxury golf course, this was redesigned by 2000 when they added mounding, new sand traps and more.
Dale's expert tip: Sign up for golf specials and coupons
It is probably best known for being the golf course used for the filming of the hit film Caddyshack, starring Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield. Grande Oaks Golf Club is an 18-hole course is in Davie, Florida, just a few miles east of Downtown Fort Lauderdale and neighboring NOVA Southeast University. Stop by for the grand tour of their 18-hold golf course and 40-acre practice facility. Designed by famed designer Raymond Floyd, Grande Oaks Golf Club invites golfers to join their family and make this your home away from home. Log onto their website for their schedule, golfing tips and techniques.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: This famous course in Davie, Florida, was designed by Bill Watts and has a bit of star power.
Dale's expert tip: Come see this course which is a unique part of Fort Lauderdale history.
Sitting as an oasis in the midst of the bustling urban area that surrounds it, the City of Lauderhill Golf Course awaits for a relaxing game and a great place to meet with friends and family, or perhaps a day away from the office, for a day in the much-envied South Florida sunshine. Located conveniently in the center of Broward County west of I-95, this challenging 18-hole executive length course features 1,200 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 30. Opened in 1968, the longevity of this course along speaks of its ability to please golfing enthusiasts and keep them coming back.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: Opened since 1968, this course is located in the center of Broward County and offers relaxing game on a beautiful course.
Dale's expert tip: Call before you go for discount tee times
Easily accessible from Ft. Lauderdale in the beautiful seaside community of Deerfield Beach, this award-winning public golf course's outstanding fairway conditions, multi-million dollar clubhouse and PGA-honored pro shop make it a top choice for both novice and expert golfers. Considered one of the most challenging in the region, the 18-hole championship course features consistently smooth putting surfaces, gorgeously landscaped greens, majestic oaks and a distinctive undulating landscape. After a round, follow tee time with lunchtime on the Deer Creek Grille's garden patio to enjoy all South Florida has to offer. And remember, Deer Creek Golf Club no membership is needed.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: A true gem in near-by Deerfield Beach which is a top choice for the beginner and the expert golfer.
Dale's expert tip: More than a golf club, this place is a way of life
Known as Tamarac's hidden jewel and rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 public courses in America, the Colony West Country Club is a delight to any avid golfer or beginner. Always open to the public, offered are the Championship Course which is a Par 71 and 7387 yards long, a course rating of 75.5 and has the best layout around, and the Glades Course which is a Par 65 Executive Course, 4207 yards long, a course rating of 59.6 with new Tifeagle Burmuda Greens and scheduled to open at the end of October 2012. Come and enjoy the great golf course view from our solarium restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: Rated as one of the top 50 public courses in America, it is right here in Tamarac.
Dale's expert tip: To their website for great internet specials!
For visitors hoping to test their golf skills during a Fort Lauderdale vacation, The Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood is a highly acclaimed course that offers challenges that push even seasoned golfers' abilities to the limits. The host of numerous qualifiers, this pristine course is a patchwork of rolling greens, contoured bunkers and sparkling water whose beauty conceals a plethora of tests and traps. Whether you conquer the course or vice versa, stop by the welcoming clubhouse to unwind after the round. Go online to take a hole-by-hole tour of our fabulous course complete with photos and playing tips/
Recommended for Golf Courses because: A local favorite golf course for enthusiasts and also for visitors who must have a challenging game.
Dale's expert tip: See specials for Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only
Among the most trying links in Greater Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club is conveniently just west of Downtown in the center of the city of Plantation, and located on the historic land once occupied by the Plantation Golf Club. This public golf course's 18 holes are surrounded by Everglades-inspired wetlands and a one-of-a-kind linear park and multi-use trail. Golfers revel in Plantation Preserve's course-wide Sea Dwarf Paspalum playing surface, five sets of tee boxes at every hole, GPS-equipped golf carts and state-of-the-art practice facilities. Additionally, the picturesque clubhouse terrace is the ideal place to savor tasty drinks, dishes and the obligatory post-game recap.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: A beautiful 18-hold public golf course surrounded by Everglades-inspired wetlands and linear park and multi-use trail.
Dale's expert tip: Every hole has five sets of tee boxes which allowing players to set their own level of difficulty and enjoyment
This private, non-equity country club is located in the very heart of Fort Lauderdale and just two miles from the beach. The Coral Ridge Country Club boasts an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr., classically designed golf course and proclaims its success by the fact that it's been open in 1955. Membership is required and offered are four different categories: Regular golf and tennis membership, Executive golf and tennis membership, tennis membership and social membership. Each category is suited to your family's needs and desires. The Coral Ridge Country Club offer eleven first class tennis courts, two of which are all-weather, nine are clay, including three hydro courts and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: Conveniently located just two miles from the beach, this course proclaims it success since it's been open since 1955.
Dale's expert tip: Junior memberships are offered in all categories (except Social) for those under 40, with reduced annual dues
The extensively renovated Jacaranda Golf Club, eight miles from Fort Lauderdale in the pleasant city of Plantation and offers a brilliant balance of tradition and modern technology within a setting of vivid greens, azure skies and snow-white sand in this 36 holes semi-private course. The East Course, a highly lauded links that regularly hosts PGA and USGA tournaments, and the West Course, a demanding shot maker's design, are both outfitted with first-class Paspalum tee boxes and Tifdwarf greens. Jacaranda's reasonable prices and attentive staff receive kudos, too. And for those novices who wish to improve their game, head golf professional, Andrew Michael, and his staff offer instruction for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level player of all ages.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: Not far from Downtown Fort Lauderdale in Plantation, and is known for its balance of tradition and modern technology.
Dale's expert tip: This is Florida golf at its finest
This exquisite private country club just west of Downtown on Broward Boulevard has a fascinating decades-old history which illustrates the story of the Fort Lauderdale area itself. Since its opening on December 1, 1926 and continuing today, the Fort Lauderdale Country Club has seen its successes associated with the ebb and flow of the growth of Broward County and its rise of its importance in South Florida. Membership certainly does have its privileges here and there are, of course, various categories: Equity, Executive, Seasonal, Corporate and Social, and each is designed to offer the member the experience they are expecting at the level they can accommodate.
Recommended for Golf Courses because: Open since 1926, this private country club has been a part of the fabric of Fort Lauderdale for nearly ninety years.
Dale's expert tip: A great place to plan your wedding or other special occasion for the perfect setting