South Florida is synonymous with stellar, picturesque golfing. Whether you’re at the Grande Oaks Golf Club quoting lines from Caddyshack (the film’s backdrop), or the luxury setting of Fort Lauderdale Country Club is more your game, Broward County has a little something for every golf enthusiast. Here’s a sampling of some local favorites:
Deer Creek Golf Club is located just five miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Deerfield Beach. The public golf course boasts magnificent fairway conditions, a PGA-honored pro shop, and an impressive, multi-million dollar clubhouse. The 18-hole course is considered to be one of the most challenging in the region, and is favored by both novice and expert golfers.
The Club at Emerald Hills was named as one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest. Located in Hollywood, Florida, Club at Emerald Hills is a host site for the PGA Tour Doral and the Honda Open Qualifiers and has hosted the U.S. Open, among others. Considered a challenge for the most seasoned golfers, one reviewer said, “If you can play here, you can play anywhere.” The superb course is a combination of rolling greens, contoured bunkers, and a vision of shimmering water views.
Coral Ridge Country Club is a private, non-equity country club conveniently located in the hub of Fort Lauderdale. The 18-hole, championship course is classically designed and has been tried and tested since its opening in 1955. Coral Ridge features 4 levels of memberships to accommodate a variety of individual and family needs and features 11 tennis courts, a junior Olympic-size swimming pool, and 3 restaurants.
Rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 public courses in America, the Colony West Country Club is located in Tamarac and is open to the public. Their Championship Course is a Par 71 and 7387 yards long, with a course rating of 75.5 and boasts the “best layout around.”
Surrounded by Everglades-inspired wetlands, and a 1.5 mile trail, Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club is a unique course located in the city of Plantation. The 18-hole course features a Sea Dwarf Paspalum playing surface, 5 sets of tee boxes at each hole, and golf carts equipped with GPS- just in case you get lost in all the fun. There’s a members-only practice area and a burgeoning pro-shop with an array of golf equipment, accessories and apparel. The clubhouse terrace boasts panoramic views, perfect for a cocktail at sunset.