Any serious golfer will tell you that the South Florida region is home to some of the most impeccable courses in the world. There is no shortage of local country clubs that offers not just a vast expanse of private greens, but also luxury amenities that include spas, restaurants, events centers and more. South Florida, for one, is a top vacation destination. Hence, we can only expect breathtaking views, bright fairways and beautifully designed landscaping.
We spoke to avid golf player and Florida resident Lee S. Rosen to find out which of the dozens of private clubs in the South Florida area are the best.
Fort Lauderdale Country Club (Fort Lauderdale)
Fort Lauderdale Country Club is oldest in Broward County, having been established in 1926. It is this rich history that gives the location a unique flavor. With two full courses, a competitive tournament schedule and even an exclusive program just for the ladies, it is arguably one of the most popular in South Florida.
“If you’re a member of For Lauderdale, you can expect grade A amenities and topnotch service,” notes Lee Rosen. The private club showcases 36 holes across a well-manicured championship level course. Its forest park-like setting adds to its appeal, with fairways richly lined with indigenous trees and a burst of colorful blooms. It’s not just a place to practice your game; it is where you can take refuge and relax, as well.
Moorings Yacht & Country Club (Vero Beach)
Designed in 1974 by Pete Dye, the Moorings Course is often referred to as Dye’s “Little Gem.” This is because each one of the first nine holes is surrounded by water. The back nine, meanwhile, are surrounded by majestic oak trees plus a lovely view of the Indian River Lagoon. The Moorings Yacht & Country Club is a favorite hangout not just of golfers but also yachters and socialites for its luxurious amenities and service offerings.
“Moorings is up on my list because it has a distinctive course called Hawk’s Nest,” notes Lee S. Rosen. “With its towering oak and pine trees, it is actually one of the few “green courses” there are left in Florida.”
Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club (Boca Raton)
This is one of the region’s fanciest clubs. With course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1959, later updated by renowned designeds Jack Nicklaus and Joe Lee, Royal Palm boasts an 18-hole course surrounded by lush flora and fauna and stunning waters. This premier club also offers members a wide range of amenities and activities that make it one of the most technologically advanced in the area.
Its membership quality is not to be undermined, as well. In fact, Royal Palm’s membership is by invitation only, thus increasing is exclusivity and making it all the more coveted by serious golfers all over the country.
Boca West Country Club (Boca West)
“Boca West is one of the largest in the US and its courses certainly do justice to its prestige,” notes Lee Rosen. This private equity-owned club features 18-hole pro championship courses designed by the likes of Jim Fazio, Pete Dye and Arnold Palmer. It has a 4-acre short gaming area, a driving range, a wide range of pro golfing shops and a restaurant.
Seagate Country Club (Delray Beach)
If you’re looking for a more challenging course, come to Seagate. Designed in 1973 by Joe Lee, the course has recently been upgraded with new technology but without compromising its original feel. Seagate features an 18-hole championship-grade course set across 300 acres of greens. Aside from a a fully-outfitted driving range, short game pitching and a putting green, its staff is composed of PGA pros ready to assist and give you tips to up your performance.
“There’s no better place to learn and enhance your game than South Florida,” Lee Rosen reminds. “Whether you’re just an avid player or a pro, there is something in the region for your skill level and reach. That’s not to mention the stunning views and stellar service the many private clubs bring.”