This gorgeous golf course is conveniently located in the serene residential area of Normandy Isle in Miami Beach (North of 79th St Causeway). The land for the golf course was donated to the City of Miami Beach by M. C. Gryzmish on January 4, 1928, a year later the City took position of the land but it wasn’t until 1941 when the original golf course was open to the public. In 2008, the City of Miami Beach spent over $9 million and hired world renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills to redesign the aging course and bring it back to its current state of glory. The Arthur Hills designed golf course is planted with ultra modern Supreme Seashore Paspalum and features three sets of tees playing from 5,900 yards to 6,800 yards.
It is a fun track as undulating greens are a signature of Arthur Hills designs, not a long golf course but hard to score because of strategic placement of lakes, bunkers and fairways, all of which funnel balls back into fairways and the lakes so you must be careful.
Hole #4 Par – 4 (465 yards)
Today this tough hole was playing to a down wind breeze and I still needed a 5 iron to get to the middle of the green. It is a beast of a hole that will require both accuracy and length of the tee. Water right and left and well positioned fairway bunkers are the right ingredients for disaster. Your second shot will also require power and great aim as the double tiered undulating green is well protected by bunkers. This is your make or break hole and par will be an excellent score.
Hole #12 Par – 4 (323 yards)
The shortest of the Par-4s but don’t let that fool you. Be cautious off the tee with an hybrid or even a long iron and you will be short of the fairway bunkers facing an easy second shot to the narrow green. Overpowering this hole will be a mistake as anything pass the bunkers is just more trouble. Short and sweet!
Hole #16 Par – 5 (525 yards)
Take advantage of this last par-5 on the course by playing smart golf. Bombers will draw their tee shots around the corner and will take advantage of the perennial ocean breeze. I was more cautious by teeing with my 3-wood and laying up with a 5-iron. A short par-5 playing down wind is always a good thing!
There are several scoring holes to take advantage around this property but you have to be careful as accuracy is in general more important than length at Normandy Shores.
The clubhouse was recently built in 2011 and its architecture gives you the feeling of a southern comfort locale. The bar area and restaurant are very elegant and suitable for a nice gathering. The full restaurant menu and bar will satisfy the most demanding golfer. Although a public facility; the all year around course conditions, the ambiance, the food, the friendly staff, the adequate parking, the nice driving range and practice facility makes this a must venue for locals as well as tourists visiting South Florida
Paspalun grass always in great condition
Knowledgeable and courteous staff
Conveniently located in the heart of South Beach
Can be pricey specially in season
Paspalum greens are difficult to putt