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Southeast Florida

Includes West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ft Lauderdale, the Miami area and Florida Keys.

Southeast Florida is the true tropical paradise, and gateway to the Florida Keys. Beginning in the greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area, up in Stuart, and ending out at the southernmost point in all of the United States, the Caribbean town of Key West, visitors find countless outstanding golf courses in what is decidedly the most exotic area of the entire country. To top it all off, you'll be along the coast and shoreline, enjoying balmy ocean breezes the entire time! Let's take a look around:

Stuart Florida and her close neighbors boast a couple dozen courses, no more than a handful of miles apart. This area is a who's-who of golf course designs. Masterful works by Dyer, the Floridian Course at the private non-equity club that everyone raves about (Course rating of 73.5, slope rating = 138,) the public Hammock Creek... Everywhere you go, there's a great place to play golf, and you're reminded of the sheer joy of having picked Florida for your golf get-away. You could stay right there in Stuart your entire trip and never run out of extraordinary courses to play!

Next stop is West Palm Beach, with their PGA National Resort, Emerald Dunes, Lone Pine. Then there's the Okeeheelee municipal Golf Course with their 27 holes split amongst 3 great Executive courses... Are you connected? Imagine the excitement of playing on the Trump International Courses! As you make your way closer in towards Miami, West Palm Beach is sure to give you plenty of chances to make fond memories.

Boca Raton is likewise graced with a solid dozen or more noteworthy courses and pro shops. Looking at them all, one would wonder if Floridians ever do anything BUT play golf! You'll find public and private courses – far too many more than you could ever play, and how to choose?! Isn't it best if you don't have to choose at all, though? Stay a few days, get the best of them in!

Fort Lauderdale needs little introduction. Young people have taken Spring Break in this area for years, and it does have a lot to offer by way of nightlife when the sun goes down. But imagine a golf course every mile in every direction! There's an Edwin Watts Golf superstore. The municipal executive course will give you an extra 9 holes for the afternoon... There's The Diplomat, a public course that enjoys rave reviews, or get an invite to the Coral Ridge Country Club... The list of public and private courses is truly overwhelming in this area! It's not a matter of finding quality courses in this area, but whether you'll be able to find time to play them all within the next year or two!

Fort Lauderdale's golfing delights slide on down into Hollywood. Hillcrest, Orangebrook and the Grand Palms Hotel each offer up at least a couple outstanding and memorable courses. Pembroke and Flamingo Lakes, Hollybrook... We could spend half an hour reciting them all! Suffice it to say that the glide further south brings more and more delightful days' courses that you're sure to enjoy.

Now we come to Miami and Miami Beach. You've seen the pictures, the movies, the TV shows... and none of them prepares you for the rich three-dimensional truth of this cosmopolitan wonderland. Where does that leave golf? Do the names Briar Bay, Killian Greens, or Calusa Country Club sound familiar? They're just a few of the fists full of well-designed, well groomed and well-received public courses and resorts that carpet the Miami area! Miami Springs, Card Sound, Doral... If you were to fly in to Miami with your clubs, chances are you could just play from course to course for the next three months, and never have to have a bad day! Does it sound magical, surreal, maybe? That's exactly what it is! It's hard to even conceive of so many strong golf courses in one place. Isn't that what you take golf vacations for, though? Enjoy!

Eventually, though, one does leave Miami – for South Miami. That leads us on into Key Largo, the very last land-based point before you enter the Florida Keys. A diver's hotspot, for that there are reefs both in close and far off of the shoreline, Key Largo quickly gives way to the charming two-lane highways that connect the keys (pronounced “kays”) in that magnificent string from the mainland on out to Caribbean Key West. One needs no better reason to go travel to the Keys than simply to be there. There are golf courses, but stands to reason that you're not going to find golf courses littering the entire stretch of thin islands. Too many balls would be lost! Besides, you've gotten spoiled by the insane, incomparable string of courses that led you to this point. But there is quality golfing to be had. Marathon is wide enough to provide 18 holes, on your way to the end of the rainbow. Be sure to sample the local specialties, like Key Lime pie and conch soup!

All good things must come to an end. Finally you'll find yourself at the tail of the islands, playing on the rich Caribbean green at farthest southern tip of the continental United States of America. Rees Jones designed 18 holes at the Key West Golf club (opened 1980, par 70, 6512 yards, course rating of 71.2, slope rating of 124) and then take in the experience that is Key West that evening. Enjoy a stress free breakfast and play it again the next day! There's no better way to end your visit to the most beautiful and exotic golfer's paradise in the nation!