Lush links, easy accessibility, comparatively low green fees, and year-round play make Greater Fort Lauderdale a hole-in-one for golfers. With more than 40 Fort Lauderdale golf courses to choose from, duffers are spoiled for choice.
Fort Lauderdale Golf Courses
Fort Lauderdale golf courses include options for players of all skill levels, from exclusive private clubs and well-maintained municipal facilities to resort courses designed by the likes of Joe Lee, Bruce Devlin, Robert Trent Jones, and Tom and George Fazio.
Colony West Country Club
The Devlin/Von Hagge-designed course at Colony West is known to be challenging, especially the signature #12 hole that requires a laser shot through a cypress forest to hit the floating island green. There are bunkers and water hazards galore, and the deep rough can frustrate even experienced golfers—just what you’d expect from a course that has been named one of the 50 best in the United States. Luckily, the club offers $1/minute golf lessons for anyone looking to hone their swing.
The Club at Emerald Hills
It’s a mere mile from the Fort Lauderdale Airport to The Club at Emerald Hills, so you can get from tarmac to tee in record time. The course itself is beautifully maintained, with lush fairways and a bevy of water hazards that showcase the ingenuity of designers Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. Both individual and corporate memberships are available, and there are also guest rates so the public can get a feel for everything Emerald Hills has to offer. The club has hosted several major events, including the U.S. Open and the PGA Tour Doral.
Carolina Golf Club
Carolina Golf Club comes with the tagline “Southern Charm in a Tropical Paradise,” and it’s a motto that fits the establishment to a tee. The clubhouse is a three-story mansion built to resemble a Southern plantation; the design team of Devlin/Von Hagge took inspiration from South Carolina’s Drayton Hall to create the imposing building and its sweeping front staircases. The course itself is a par-71 18 holes spread over 7,774 yards of greens. The grounds are semi-private, and there’s a social club that’s open to the public, so golf enthusiasts have a place to gather and discuss the day’s scorecard.
Bonaventure Golf Club
Fun is the name of the game at Bonaventure, a championship course designed by Joe Lee in 1970. The Everglades are just a stone’s throw away, and wildlife sightings are common as golfers navigate the tree-lined greens. Of particular note is the third hole, which has a stunning waterfall bordered by stacked stones and swaying palms. Play through 18 holes previously visited by the likes of Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, and Jesper Parnevik, then visit the 19th Hole Bar & Grille where you can grab lunch and a cold beer, or tuck into Sunday brunch.
Grande Oaks Golf Club
Grande Oaks prides itself on being a tight-knit, private club, and the immaculate grounds perfectly reflect the staff’s dedication to providing members with an excellent experience. Memberships are family-oriented, so even little putters can learn to take on all 18 holes on the Raymond Floyd-designed course. Anyone needing some guidance can acquire extra training at the Grande Oaks Golf Academy, a 40-acre facility that includes five full-length practice holes, multiple bunkers, two hitting bays, a pitching and chipping green, and both Trackman and Flight Scope Launch monitors.
Coral Ridge Country Club
This members-only club boasts a challenging championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, a second nine-hole course designed by Reese Jones, and a whole host of amenities including 11 clay tennis courts, a junior Olympic swimming pool, and multiple restaurants. Younger members can partake in the club’s summer camp, which offers tennis and golf lessons for kids ages 3 to 15.
Hollywood Beach Golf Resort
One of the oldest Fort Lauderdale golf courses, the Donald Ross-designed spread at Hollywood Beach dates back to 1924. The 18-hole, par-70 course encompasses 110 acres in a bucolic setting. There are no houses in sight, just rolling greens and tall trees that provide privacy and shade for anyone waiting for their turn to putt. Amenities include a pro shop, locker rooms with showers, and Grill 1924, a new on-site food truck serving casual fare for lunch and dinner during the week and all three meals on the weekend.
Inverrary Country Club
At Inverrary, you’ll find two of the best Fort Lauderdale golf courses in one spot. The East Course is diverse, with undulating greens, bunkers, and water hazards that have challenged famous players (Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, and Jack Nicklaus, to name a few) who have attended the 15 PGA and LPGA tournaments hosted here in the past. The West Course has also seen its share of professional and amateur contests and is suitable for everyday golfers of all skill levels. Junior golfers are especially welcome at Inverrary, where they can play for free any day after 3:00 p.m. as long as they’re accompanied by a paying adult.
Deer Creek Golf Club
The Arthur Hills-designed course at Deer Creek Golf Club has been open to the public since 1971. There’s a practice range with chipping areas and sand traps, as well as two practice greens on the course; combine that with the club’s three golf schools, and even newbies can upgrade their game in record time. After working up an appetite on the green, check out the Deer Creek Grille, a restaurant and bar that serves up tasty dishes 365 days a year.
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