This is part one of a five-part series: Top 55 places to go in Southeast Florida.
One of the perks of retirement — make that a big perk — is taking time to play as much golf as you can fit into your schedule. And Southeast Florida happens to be one of the best locations in the country to hit the links, with an abundance of public golf courses in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. We rounded up 11 of the best public courses in the area, giving you a taste of what each one has to offer.
We can’t tell you which club you should use to do battle with that tricky par-4 hole with the water hazard. But we can promise you that all the courses on this list have something outstanding to offer, whether you’re serious about the game or just love to get out every once in a while with friends for a few rounds.
Abacoa Golf Club
105 Barbados Drive, Jupiter, Fla. 33458
Golf rates: $30-$109
Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Joe Lee, Abacoa’s lakes and bunkers meets its sloping fairways with little obstruction. The greens are TifEagle grass and considered some of the highest quality putting surfaces in all Florida. Built in 1999, Abacoa also features a splendid 20,000 square feet. Mediterranean-style clubhouse, with a cascading waterfall and wrap-around covered patio.
Country Club of Miami
6801 NW 186 St., Hialeah, Fla. 33015
Golf rates: $30-$58
The Country Club of Miami is actually two courses (East and West), and boasts an illustrious history. A Robert Trent Jones design, the club was founded in 1961, with Arnold Palmer as its first professional; Jack Nicklaus also played his first pro tournament there. Yet it’s not living in the past, as the 36 championship holes have newly regrassed greens. West is a 7,017-yard par-72 course and offers a combination of treacherous bunkers and lush fairways; East is a 6,353-yard par-70 layout that requires shot placement and strategy from both the novice and serious golfer.