Miami Shores Country Club is ready for the summer 2013 season!
Updated March 28, 2016 – Historic Miami Shores Country Club, a golf course designed by Red Lawrence in 1939, offers some unique features not found any where in Miami. Railroad tracks dissects the golf course from north to south and as trains passes by (once or twice per day) it offers a picturesque distraction to players.
The charming track gives you a taste of old golf architecture, small and elevated greens, large trees and lush fairways. In 2010 the course underwent extensive remodeling that included new greens, tee boxes and some fairways were completely redone making it a true gem. The course is conveniently located right next to Biscayne Blvd and 100 St; it boasts 18 championship golf holes, a practice area and a driving range. The golf course also is the home to a vast array of sub-tropical wildlife and vegetation. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and the Miami International Airport; Miami Shores is a ‘must play’ course for anyone who enjoys the game of golf.
This week we had a chance to revisit this true gem and from our last review done in June 2012 the course has matured and is now playing to its best shape ever. We noticed the greens were faster than before and much more receptive. I mention the greens because traditionally is the only mechanism of defense the course really has. The small and elevated greens make this course a true target course which is great to hone in your iron skills. The course is of average length and water only comes in play in a few holes; yet, to be able to score it well you must be able to hit the small greens and keep the ball up on top.
Hole #2 Par-3 (155 yards)
The view from the elevated tee box is just spectacular. This short to mid length par-3 over the Miami Shores main canal is truly intimidating. The green is very small and elevated (like most greens here) and is located very close to the water. Prevailing easterly winds will be on your back but it will tend to push your ball to the left side where the cross is the longest. Red tee boxes and a drop area are located on the other side of the canal. Play your 150-yard club and aim to the right side of the fairway and you should be able to conquer this great hole.
Hole #5 Par-4 (432 yards)
The longest of the par-4’s here at Miami Shores will take length and ball control to master it. From the tee box you will see an out-of-bounds area to your left and all sort of troubles right and straight. Long hitters must be careful as your ball could end up right on the green of hole #3. The perfect play should be a mild draw aiming to the 150-yard marker. This area of the golf course is elevated and you will be hitting down on your second shot to a well-guarded green, water short and right and bunkers left and right. The view is very distracting as you feel you are about to take a shot to an amphitheater. Tall pine trees cover the back of the green and mask the easterly wind that should be blowing right to left. Take an extra club and aim to the right side of the green. Par is a great score here…
Hole #13 Par-5 (502 yards)
Take advantage of this short par-5 and grip it and rip it! From the tee box just aim to the church located a couple of miles south of the golf course. There is no water and just a small fairway bunker left of the fairway. Your second shot should be between 190 – 240 yards depending on your drive. Bunkers guard the green right and left but the entrance is pretty wide. There are no water hazards and the green is huge and inviting… eagles and birdies are more than welcome!!
If you are visiting Miami and especially if you are staying in Miami Beach, Miami Shores is a must play golf course. The golf course is conveniently located just minutes away from downtown Miami, Miami Beach and Miami International Airport.
Courteous and knowledgeable staff
Well-kept conditions year round
Lighting fast greens
Slow pace on weekends