Golf Courses in Fort Lauderdale

Warming the area with 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and winter temperatures averaging 68 degrees, it is no surprise that the Fort Lauderdale area is one of the best year-round vacation spots in the U.S. Even though August and September can pour the heaviest rains of the season, the rest of the year offers a perfect golf climate. It’s great when everyone in your vacation party enjoy the same activities, but even if you are the only golf enthusiast, Fort Lauderdale offers shopping, great dining, water sports and more. There is no question everyone will find something in this city to make it a great trip.

Coral Ridge Country Club started as the Forananda Golf Course, however, constructions was halted in 1929 when the stock market crashed. In 1954 Robert Trent Jones, renowned golf course designer, molded the partially built course to his specifications. His vision was for a truly challenging, championship course with a grander completion than the golf course and shop he opened with. Eventually the course came to include a clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming pool. This 18-hole course does require membership which means you’ll need to stop by the clubhouse for a guest pass. The course is rated difficult, just as Mr. Jones planned. It’s a par 72 course with 7095 yards and a 134 slope and a 74.1 course rating.

Lauderhill Golf Course, managed by Paula Tucker, opened in 1968. This public course is a 9-hole, par 3. It’s designed to provide a fun golf game for any skill level with 1200 yards of play. Green fees are extremely reasonable at $15.

Deer Creek Golf is and 18-hole championship course features 7,050 of golf play. Designed by Bill Watts and Arthur Hill, it is a new course just built in 2005. This public course is kept in tip-top shape and is rated with a complete 5 stars for maintenance by players with very high scores in all other areas. The fairways have been over seeded to obtain the best possible play. It’s just 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale and 30 minutes to the airport. Play on Bermuda grass for a par 72, slope of 133 and rated 75. The real bargain are their twilight fees of $50 at this golf only course.

Hillcrest Golf and Country Club spans 6,903 yards with a par 72. Conveniently located, it’s just minutes away from I-95. The 18-hole championship course will surprise you with a tough finishing hole. You may find it a bit more expensive than some of the other public courses in the area at $99 on weekends. It holds a rating of 73 and slope of 129 but has a 25 tee driving range. It has more bunkers, 100, than any other Fort Lauderdale area golf course which will add some fun for the experienced golfer, while giving a bit of challenge to the beginner. After your morning round of golf, stop by the Island Green Bar and Grill for lunch. It has a great view overlooking the 18th hole while taking a peek at the game on their 42 inch plasma.

Arrowhead Golf Club is located in Davie, just 10 minutes to Fort Lauderdale. This Bill Watts designed course opened in 1969. The public course offers very reasonable summer rates at $34 for weekends, $26 during the week. Their twilight fees are $18 every summer day. There is 6,311 yards of green on this 18-hole course. It has a rating of 71, slope of 113 and a par 71 on full Bermuda greens. Enjoy their cocktail bar for a cold one after your game.

The Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa at beautiful Hallandale Beach. The newer public course, designed by Joseph L. Lee, opened in 2000. Check in to your room and feel like your in a luxury hotel with all the amenities especially their special spa. This is the perfect location for a couple when only one enjoys golfing as the other can enjoy a day at the spa. The 18-hole, par 72 course has a slope rating of 136, all on Bermuda. It is player rated highest in amenities, maintenance and difficulty with scenery and value also very high.

Pembroke Lakes Golf Course offers 6,555 yards of Bermuda greens. Designed by Howard Watson and opened in 2007, this new 18-hole course is a par 72, rated 71.1 and has a slope of 126. If you stop in for a round on a weekday morning, finish with lunch at their buffet. All is reasonably priced at Pembroke Lakes and you’ll receive great service on top. If Sunday is your golfing day, try their buffet after a round of golf. It goes until 2 pm.

The Club at Emerald Hills has been chosen as one of the U.S. Open sites, U.S. Amateur sites and U.S. Public Link qualifiers. This challenging course promises meticulously manicured greens on their 7,717 yard course. They’ve been voted “One of the Nations Top Golf Clubs” and “Excellent” by players in “America’s Top Golf Courses” in an ESPN survey. This 1969 course was designed by Bruce Devlin. Its rating is 74.6 with a slope of 142. After a round of golf enjoy a meal at their Restaurant Grille, open 11 am to 3 pm., lounge open until dusk. The excellent chefs are happy to book and cater an event for you in their banquet facility.

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