Greater Miami has more than 30 private and public courses. Costs at most courses are higher on weekends and in season, but you can save by playing on weekdays and after 1 or 3 pm, depending on the course. Call ahead to find out when afternoon-twilight rates go into effect. For information on most courses in Miami and throughout Florida, you can visit www.floridagolferguide.com.
Biltmore Golf Course. On the grounds of the historic circa 1926 Biltmore hotel, the Biltmore Golf Course provides a golf experience primarily for in-house guests, local residents, and those visiting the Coral Gables area. The 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71, championship golf course was designed in 1925 by Scotsman Donald Ross, the "it" golf designer of the Roaring Twenties. Today, the lush, well-maintained course is easily accessible thanks to its advanced online booking system, where you can easily reserve your tee time and decide between pricing, depending on the time of day and year (weekdays are cheaper; and the later, the cheaper it gets). There's a pro shop on-site, and golf instruction is available through the Biltmore Golf Academy or the more extensive, on-site Total Performance Golf programs. The Biltmore Hotel, 1210 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Miami, FL, 33134. 855/311–6903. www.biltmorehotel.com/golf. $120 for 9 holes, $230 for 18 holes. 18 holes, 6800 yards, par 71.
Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. On the serene island of Key Biscayne, overlooking Biscayne Bay, this top-rated, championship municipal golf course is considered one of the state's most challenging par 72 courses. Enveloped by tropical foliage, mangroves, saltwater lakes, and bay-side waters, the course also happens to be the only one in North America with a subtropical lagoon. The Devlin/Von Hagge–designed course has a USGA rating of 75.4 and a slope rating of 129 and has received national awards from both Golfweek and Golf Digest. The course is located on the south side of Crandon Park. Nonresidents should expect to pay $180 for a round during peak hours in peak season (mid-December–mid-April) and roughly half that off-season. Deeply discounted twilight rates of $56 apply after 2 pm. Tee times can be booked online. Crandon Park, 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, 33149. 305/361–9129; 855/465–3305 for tee times. www.golfcrandon.com. $180. 18 holes, 7400 yards, par 72.
The Senator Course at Shula's Golf Club. Deep in the suburbs of west Miami, the Senator Course at Shula's Golf Club boasts the longest championship course in the area (7,055 yards, par 72), a lighted par-3 course, and a golf school. The championship, classic-style Senator Course was originally designed in 1962 by Bill Watts, updated by Kipp Schulties in 1998, and completely refreshed in late 2013, with improvements that included sparkling new Champion Bermuda greens and new Celebration Bermuda tees. The club hosts dozens of tournaments yearly. Because of its remote location, green fees tend to be on the lower side, varying by season and time. You'll pay in the lower range on weekdays, more on weekends, and a third of prime-time rates after 2 pm. Golf carts are included. For true golf enthusiasts, there's the on-site Don Shula hotel—a comfortable base to eat, live, and breathe golf. 7601 Miami Lakes Dr., 154th St. Exit off Rte. 826, Miami Lakes, FL, 33014. 305/820–8088. www.shulasgolfclub.com. $130. 18 holes, 7055 yards, par 70.
Trump National Doral Miami. Just west of Miami proper, Trump National Doral Miami is best known for the par-72 Blue Monster course (renovated in 2013) and the World Golf Championships–Cadillac Championship. The week of festivities planned around this March tournament, which offers $8.5 million in prize money, brings hordes of pro-golf aficionados to South Florida. But there's far more to the Trump golf grounds than the Dick Wilson–designed Blue Monster and the Cadillac Championship. There are four other renowned golf courses—the Greg Norman–designed Great White Course, the Raymon Floyd–redesigned Gold Course, the Jim McClean Signature Course, and the Red course (under renovation at press time)—and numerous other tournaments throughout the year; hence, golf enthusiasts flock here year-round. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., 36th St. Exit off Rte. 826, Doral, Miami, FL, 33178. 800/713–6725. www.trumphotelcollection.com/miami. Blue Monster Course, $450; Great White Course, $250; Gold Course, $190. Blue Monster Course: 18 holes, 7300 yards, par 72; Great White Course: 18 holes, 7200 yards, par 72; Gold Course: 18 holes, 6600 yards, par 70.
Miami Beach Golf Club. Dating back to 1923, the Bayshore Golf Course was completely revived in 2002 with a $10 million top-to-bottom renovation. Now run as the Miami Beach Golf Club, the Arthur Hills–redesigned course offers excellent golf in the heart of South Beach at a lovely 18-hole, par-72 course. While the course does not overlook the ocean or the bay, it's the best course you'll find in Miami Beach. While green fees run on the high side in winter, they go down to nearly half-price in summer. Don't make the mistake of going to the nearby par-3 Bayshore Municipal Golf Course. 2301 Alton Rd., South Beach, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. 305/532–3350. www.miamibeachgolfclub.com. $200. 18 holes, 6800 yards, par 72.