Best Golf Courses in Miami

Get a hole-in-one at Miami's 10Best golf courses

Florida has long been a year-round prime destination for golfers. Our sunny skies and warm climates are great for spending plenty of time outdoors. Miami also happens to be the home of a great many golf courses, not to mention plenty of quality dining and entertainment to make it a hotspot for snowbirds and other wanderers. 

In this list, we've gone out of our way to include a wide variety of greens for folks to choose from. We have some of the highest caliber courses, challenging ones and others that are a bit better for beginners. We don't want to scare away newbies, but we also don't want to alienate the more serious golfers in the bunch.

We've listed private golf courses like the one at La Gorce Country Club, a place so prestigious you need an invitation to even apply for membership. We've also opted to include plenty of public golf courses, like Crandon Golf right on the bay, and Palmetto Golf Course for our friends in South Dade. No matter how often you golf, you'll find the right range for you in the list below.


Certainly one of the newer golf courses in Miami (as many others on this list opened pre-WWII), Greynolds began greeting golfers back in the mid-1960s. This public, 9-hole, the par-36 course boasts a much more laid-back aesthetic, a plus for anyone new to the sport. Another perk? It's certainly much easier on the wallet at just $25 per player (which includes a golf cart, or $12 if you feel like walking). Golf instruction is also available here, though you'll have to call for details. And they've also got FootGolf here, which combines soccer and golf to make a new and wholly interesting sport.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: Greynolds may not have the prestige of some private courses on this list, but it's the people's golf course and we love its accessibility.

Priscilla's expert tip: Look up the Miami-Dade Golf Patron Membership, which will grant you deep-discounts to a number of public courses (including this one) for one low price, plus a number of other perks, including a free round!

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If you're serious about your golf game and happen to be in Miami, there's no way you can miss out on playing at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club. This private, Arnold Palmer signature golf course has recently been renovated and enjoys the status of one of Miami's most prestigious clubs. It's a visually stunning place, both on the course and throughout the country club. Enjoy the South Floridian wildlife and mangroves that surround the course. Then, after your game (or lesson, as those are also available), enjoy an unforgettable meal in their 30,000 square foot clubhouse where crabcakes and chopped steak are the norm. Don't forget to stop by the wine cellar at the end of your day for a quality glass of red or white.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: Deering Bay has one of Miami's most aesthetically-pleasing golf courses, making it a great place to tee off and relax all at once.

Priscilla's expert tip: Make a day of it and explore other nearby attractions like the Deering Estate after your game.

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Over on the north side of Miami Beach, you'll find spectacularly cared-for greens, excellent service, and an all-around enjoyable experience at the Normandy Shores Golf Club. Open in 1928, Normandy Shores used to be a regular hotspot for hotshots like Arnold Palmer and Peter Thompson. More recently, it's served as the home for the Inaugural South Beach International Amateur. Locals are especially loyal to Normandy with their deep-discounts for Miami Beach residents. They also offer free youth golf clinics and free days for kids to play (with a paying adult), making them one of the most family-friendly courses in town.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: With their kid-friendly attitude, Normandy Shores is gets our respect for being a quality course that looks out for the locals.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check their website or call ahead to find out when their free youth clinics occur so you can introduce your little ones to the sport!

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It doesn't get much better than golfing on South Beach. The cool ocean breeze, the sway of palm's enough to inspire anyone to be out on the green all day long. That's exactly what it's like to enjoy 18 holes at the Miami Beach Golf Club. This public course opened in 1923 as the Bayshore Golf Course and has enjoyed quite an interesting history. During World War II, it was rented out by the U.S. Army and used to train soldiers for war. Sometime later, it was almost completely destroyed and paved over for new housing, but the city opted to buy the land and keep the course intact. These days, locals and tourists alike enjoy its challenging fairways, many of which involve water (or rather, staying out of the water).

Recommended for Golf Courses because: Miami Beach Golf Course has been a top choice for SoBe residents for decades and we're not about to question that.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you're planning to drive or fly into Miami Beach for the golfing, you may want to check your travel dates. Spring break and long weekends like Memorial Day and Labor Day get especially busy and make it hard to get around town.

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Palm Beach Gardens is a haven for golfers, and they all know to take their clubs over to the PGA National Resort and Spa. This luxury resort is home to five championship golf courses that are an absolute dream to play on. What's more, they also host the PGA Tour's Honda Classic and the Bear Trap. Of course, you don't have to be much of a golfer to stay here as there's plenty more to enjoy. Try enjoying a game at the sports and racquet club, or make it a day of pampering at the 40,000 square foot European spa.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: This PGA Tour stop course is home to the infamous "Bear Trap" and has plenty of additional perks on-site to make it a worthy destination.

Priscilla's expert tip: Solid choice for golfers who are also pet lovers, your furry friends are welcome here.

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Crandon Golf is an 18-hole, par-72 course that has hosted a number of national PGA events. This well-kept golf course is entirely scenic and features mangroves, saltwater lakes, and of course, perfect views of Biscayne Bay. Despite its beauty, it's also an entirely affordable spot for locals to whack a few balls. Crandon has putting greens, a driving range, and a stellar pro shop for those who need it. If you're still new to the game, rent your equipment here if you like, and then take some pro lessons to make the most of your swing. It's also home to the Junior Golf Summer Camp, where aspiring Arnold Palmers can truly get good at the game.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: No other golf course in Miami has views of the bay like Crandon Golf. Add the fact that it's public, and you'll get it.

Priscilla's expert tip: Look up the Miami-Dade Golf Patron Membership, which will grant you deep-discounts to a number of public courses (including this one) for one low price, plus a number of other perks, including a free round!

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La Gorce is one of the top-rated golf courses in town, and certainly one of the most exclusive. Membership to this prestigious country club is by invitation only, but once you're in, you know you've made it. The golf course itself is as pristine as you might imagine. Its location off Alton Road allows for inspiring views of Miami Beach's skyline as well as just enough ocean air to keep you refreshed even on the warmest of days. For true lovers of the game, you might be impressed to play on the same fairways as Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. For the rest, there's a number of additional amenities to enjoy onsite, including tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and an excellent clubhouse that offers perks like complimentary breakfasts and snacks.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: Exclusivity often has its perks, and if you're lucky enough to join La Gorce, you'll quickly understand why it's so highly rated and respected.

Priscilla's expert tip: Make friends with someone you know is a member. It might be the only way you'll ever set foot in here.

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Miamians are a lucky bunch. They get to enjoy a number of public golf courses. Take the one located at the historic Miami Shores Country Club, for example. Open since 1939, it's conveniently located roughly 15 minutes from the airport, downtown, and the beach, depending on what direction you're headed. This wide-open course features a driving range, a chipping green, and a putting green, plus a top-notch clubhouse where you can host all kinds of events. The 18-hole course is great whether you're just going on a solo outing or want to partake in a small tournament. They also offer golf lessons and have a well-equipped pro shop in the event you've forgotten anything at home.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: Their 18-hole championship course, complete with professional staff and impeccably kept greens allow for us to give this country club a top spot.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check their website for tee time specifics and South Florida resident discounts to save an extra few bucks.

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The golf course at Turnberry Isle, Miami was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones senior and later re-imagined by Raymond Floyd. Key features include beautifully landscaped holes on lush green velvet fairways, an island green on the 18th hole with a signature waterfall. It's a favorite on the resort circuit as the variety of tee box locations ensures that all players can enjoy golfing on this pretty course without feeling defeated by the length while scratch golfers will appreciate the challenging water hazards and the shaping of shots required to navigate some fairly narrow fairways. The greens are in top condition and roll true.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: 36 holes, electric carts (with GPS), high-caliber caddies and more make the course at Turnberry worth the trip.

Priscilla's expert tip: On the 9th hole, avoid the temptation to cut the corner over water. A straight drive will be rewarded with a generous landing area and an easy chip onto the green for par or birdie.

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The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables Golf Course features a par 71, Donald Ross design from 1926. Doglegs both right and left figure prominently here adding to the challenge - suitable for the University of Miami's women's team who play here. The signature 17th hole features a green surrounded on three sides by water. On several holes, the impressive Biltmore Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America is visible in the background. After your round, take a refreshing dip in the largest hotel pool in the United States located on-site just behind the clubhouse. You could also treat yourself to the Biltmore Spa. Guests start in a steam room bedecked with alluring Mediterranean decor and then move on to aromatherapy massages.

Recommended for Golf Courses because: The Biltmore is one of Miami's most iconic places and few golf courses in town are half as pristine as this one.

Priscilla's expert tip: Avoid the temptation to play to the inside of the many dogleg holes.

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Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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