SOUTH FLORIDA'S BEST GOLF COURSES
SOUTH FLORIDA'S BEST GOLF COURSES, FROM INVERRARY TO BONAVENTURA
By Ken Liebeskind
During my recent golf vacation in South Florida, I enjoyed playing a number of South Florida's best golf courses that tested every phase of my game.
I started at the Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhall that offers two championship courses. The East Course, one of South Florida's best golf courses, plays 7,112 yard from the tips with large bunkered greens. Water only comes into play on six holes, but I stayed dry thanks to some premium placed approach shots that avoided the drink.
My next stop was the Lely Flamingo Island Club in Naples, which also features two great courses, Flamingo Island, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and the Mustang course by Lee Trevino. The Mustang features 12 lakes so I was challenged by a variety of water shots, off the tee, along the fairway and around the greens.
A highlight of my trip was Pete Dye's Valley course at TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra Beach. The 6,838 yard layout is one of South Florida's best golf courses, featuring water on every hole, with fairways filled with hills and valleys that create additional challenges. The long par 3 2nd has water running down the length with a green guarded by grass mounds and deep bunkers.
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The Naples National Golf Club, is
one of South Florida's best golf courses
The 4th is a short par 4 at 350 yards, but the fairway slopes hard to the left, which makes the approach shot extra difficult.
I really enjoyed playing the Naples National Golf Club, one of South Florida's best golf courses that has been compared with Augusta National and Pine Valley, with its rugged sand scrub waste areas bordering the fairways. The fairways average 58 yards wide but when I missed them I was forced to play out of scrubland and sandy waste areas. The most adventurous holes were the par 5 2nd with a half acre of waste sand and the 18th, a long 570 yard par 5 with double doglegs over wasteland and water.
In Ft. Lauderdale, I played the East course at Bonaventure, one of South Florida's best golf courses that features six par 3s, but still measures 7,158 yards because of its long par 5s, starting with the 1st, a 568 yard dogleg left with bunkers on the left that obstruct the second shot. Fortunately I stayed right, which left me with 8 iron approach that landed on the green for a two putt par. The 3rd hole is a 168 yard par three that plays over water with bunkers to the left and right. I pulled my five iron into the left hand bunker and needed an accurate sand shot to set up a par putt. The 18th is another mind blower with water to the right and left of a narrow fairway with two bunkers behind the green. It may be the best finishing hole I've ever played.
With all this great golf on South Florida's best golf courses, I was happy to be able to sink par and birdie putts with the Closer Weighted putter from www.scientificgolfclubs.com. This is the putter with three movable weights I moved to customize my swing to avoid pushes and pulls. I could also remove the weights on the fastest greens to make the putter lighter and easier to stroke.