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“Crandon Reborn”

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
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Owner description: Stretching 7,180 yards from the middle tees, this 18-hole course has a U.S.G.A. rating of 75.4 and slope rating of 129.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

About a year ago, I wrote a rather uncharitable review of this facility and the golfing experience that it provided. Since that time, some interesting developments have occurred that promise to restore this sleeping beauty to its once-lofty position among south Florida courses. With the retirement of two well-intentioned but poorly equipped Dade County officials, Robert Montesino has taken the reins for all county public-access courses and has launched a major initiative to elevate its centerpiece---Crandon Park Golf Course--- to the level of a truly destination golfing experience. Once host to one of the major tournaments on the PGA Seniors Tour, this Devlin-VonHagge jewel had fallen on hard times and was plagued by haphazard maintenance, overcrowding and undermarshalling with the result that rounds were taking 51/2 to 6 hours on a course that had fallen into severe disrepair. Montesino has enlisted the on-site assistance of course greens superintendant Brian Field, whom he recruited from Fisher Island, and over the past two months the course has started to assume some of its former polish. It is my understanding that architects are also planning a new short game practice area which will complement the existing range and chip/putt practice facilities.
The course itself is as much golf as you want, I don't care what level of skill you posess. Nearly 7400 yards from the tips, the course also has four other tee positions allowing you to bite off smaller challenges, which will likely be all you can chew anyway. The very first hole, a double dogleg over water with a narrow, heavily protected green, gives you a glimpse of what you are in for, and it is quickly followed up by the third: a beautiful middle distance par three; the fourth: a monster, 600 yard par five (from the tips); the seventh: a dogleg par four with a long approach to the green over water (my vote for the most challenging hole on the course); and the eighth: a short par three obeisance to Donald Ross with an elevated turtleback green that punishes severely any lapse in either distance or direction. The back nine is equally beautiful and equally challenging, with eleven (a long par four to a redan green), twelve (a long par three over water), seventeen (a 200-plus yard par three from blue or black tees) and eighteen (think of hitting your drive down a shotgun barrel; and don't miss the most spectacular view of downtown Miami on your right as you make your second shot). All told, this is as challenging and rewarding a course as you can find in South Florida without paying a six-figure membership fee. A recent deal with Caddy Master Enterprises to provide professional grade forecaddies (included in green fee, but tip of $20/bag is appropriate and well worth the money) has lowered median playing times to about 41/2 hours, which is a HUGE improvement. If the efforts to bring this baby up to its former standard continue, Mr. Trump will have his hands full trying to make the Blue course at Doral a comparable golfing experience.

5  Thank Lynn H
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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

I have played there several Times, since I live nearby. For visitors the golf Course its way to expensive, but today a guy flirtes with the woman in the pro shop for 15 minutes and she gave him the discount...I had to wait all that time until she was done with him to pay my greenfee...so come with time to pay greenfee and if you are not a Resident try making the woman happy! Its a shame that they work like that but its True!!!it hasnt been the first time that that Happens.
Crandon also decided that people that play before 1 pm have to take a forecaddie. Which is nice, but that should be optional! Since not everyone likes to have a caddie...if you are a fullpaying Player you have to pay 230$ + 20$ for the caddie per Person!!!!!!! For that you can go on and play Blue Monster ;) so kind of a rip-off.

The golf Course is nice, the greens are fast it has a lot of Sand and water. If you have to pay the full Price it is not worth it.

In the Summer there are a lot of Mosquitos! Dont forget repelent ;)

All the carts have a GPS, which now with the caddie is not necessary...

The restaurant has two waitresses that are very slow but very nice!!! Last time I had to stand up to get some water, altought there were only 4 parties. The food took 40 minutes. For a cheese Sandwich, a burger and a hotdog to long! The food was ok ;)

The Shop has great stuff ;)

1  Thank Sapito1234
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Not just the best vistas from a golf course in South Florida, but also one of the most interesting layouts. A real bargain for Dade county residents and not really that bad for tourists. Be careful of ant hills here and there, you don't want to accidently step on one of them for sure.
Biggest complaint is that when crowded with tourists, a round of golf can take up to 6 hours to complete.

1  Thank twhite4809
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Extremely challenging for the amateur golfer. Staff is friendly and course is in excellent condition. On cart GPS is a must for first time visitors. Green Fees were very reasonable. We will need to make this a regular course on our annual trip to South Florida. The lush setting, with the Miami Skyline in the back ground is Stunning.

1  Thank Sparky-1967
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Crandon is a long, tough course. Slope rating for the blues is 149. There is a lot of water and a lot of sand. It is next to the Atlantic Ocean so there is frequently an easterly wind making it enough more difficult. Visitors are generally serious golfers as this is not a resort course. I have played there four times in the past month and will go back again. It will certainly challenge most golfers.

1  Thank hickorypete
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