Despite a plethora of golf courses in the greater Miami area, truly quality golf experiences are not in abundance. One of the courses worth the effort is Miami Beach Golf Club. Originally strictly private, it is now available to the general public with tee times available five days in advance, although the concierge in a good local hotel can usually get you a tee time up to 30 days in advance. Discounts are available. In order of increasing magnitude, they are for in-state, greater Miami and Miami Beach residents.
The course was designed by Arthur Hills and shares in common with his other designs a visual deceptiveness that can get you in trouble. Hazards almost always extend further toward the middle of the fairway than appears to be the case from the tee , as evidenced from the very first hole. Like many Nicklaus-designed courses, Miami Beach maneuvers you into approach positions that require you to hit into the narrow axis of the green and greenside bunkers are positioned to give the player great sand-to-sand opportunities. There is a large premium on being able to hit your approach shots precise distances. The course is very well maintained, perhaps the best of the public access courses in the city, particularly the greens which tend to play at about 11 on the Stimpmeter. The practice area is adequate but not generous, though there is a member practice area that is quite nice. The practice putting green is representative of the greens on the course. Caddies (including forecaddies) are not available so it is occasionally a slow round, though marshalls try to keep up the pace of play. Great holes include #1, 9, 16 and 17, but be cautious. Trouble lurks.
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