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Golfing Paradise

A look at some of the top courses in South Florida

By Martin Lenkowsky

There’s an abundance of golf courses in South Florida, but which ones are the best? SFBW wanted to find out, so we looked at top courses as rated by Golf Digest, Golf.com and the U.S. Golf Association.

Options range from exclusive, member-only courses, high-end resorts, to a public course on Key Biscayne that’s owned by Miami-Dade County.

One factor in how a course is rated is its USGA slope ratings—a mark that describes the measure of difficulty for a bogey golfer relative to a scratch golfer.

SFBW contacted the top-ranked courses to confirm the information provided about each listing. Those responding to our information requests are presented.

The Breakers,

Palm Beach

(Ocean Course)

Holes: 18

Par: 70

Slope: 127

Length: 6,167 yards

Course design: Brian Silva (2000)

Contact: 561.659.8466, thebreakers.com

Breakers West,

West Palm Beach

(Rees Jones Course)

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 140

Length: 7,104 yards

Course design: Rees Jones

Contact: 561.653.6320, thebreakers.com

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 151

Length: 7,295 yards (championship course)

Course design: Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge

Contact: 305.361.9129, golfcrandon.com

Emerald Dunes Golf Club,

West Palm Beach

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 146

Length: 7,218 yards

Course design: Tom Fazio

Contact: 561.687.1700, emeralddunesclub.com

Jupiter Hills Club,

Tequesta

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 152

Length: 7,344 yards

Course design: George and Tom Fazio

Contact: 561.746.5151, jupiterhillsclub.org

Loxahatchee Club
Loxahatchee Club

The Loxahatchee Club,

Jupiter

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 153

Length: 7,531 yards

Course design: Jack Nicklaus

Contact: 561.427.1270, theloxahatcheeclub.com

Normandy Shores
Normandy Shores

Normandy Shores Golf Course,

Miami Beach

Holes: 18

Par: 71

Slope: 129

Length: 6,805 yards

Course design: Arthur Hills

Contact: 305.868.6502, normandyshoresgolfclub.com

North Palm Beach Country Club,

North Palm Beach

Holes: 18

Par: 71

Slope: 140

Length: 7,071 yards

Course design: Jack Nicklaus

Contact: 561.691.3433, village.npb.org

Old Marsh Golf Club,

Palm Beach Gardens

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 152

Length: 7,215 yards (tour tees)

Course design: Pete Dye

Contact: 561.626.7400, oldmarshgolf.com

Old Palm Golf Club,

Palm Beach Gardens

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 138

Length: 6,503 (green tees)

Course design: Ray Floyd

Contact: 561.472.5120, oldpalmgolfclub.com

Seminole Golf Club,

Juno Beach

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 145

Length: 6,836 yards (golden tees)

Course design: Donald Ross

Contact: 561.626.0280, no website

Country Club at Mirasol,

Palm Beach Gardens

(Sunrise Course)

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 144

Length: 7,332 yards

Course design: Tom Fazio

Contact: 561.776.4949, mirasolcc.com

Trump International Golf Club,

West Palm Beach

(Championship Course)

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 155 (back tees)

Length: 7,326 yards (longest tees)

Course design: Jim Fazio

Contact: 561.682.0700, trumpinternationalpalmbeaches.com

Trump National Doral Golf Club,

Doral

(Blue Monster)

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 139

Length: 7,590 yards

Course design: Gil Hanse

Contact: 305.592.2000, trumpgolfdoral.com

Trump National Golf Club,

Jupiter

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 149

Length: 7,531 yards

Course design: Jack Nicklaus

Contact: 561.691.8700, trumpnationaljupiter.com

Turnberry Isle Miami,

Aventura

(Soffer Course)

Holes: 18

Par: 71

Slope: 149

Length: 7,047 yards

Course design: Ray Floyd (original, Robert Trent Jones Sr.)

Contact: 305.933.6929, turnberryislemiami.com

Woodfield Country Club,

Boca Raton

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Slope: 140

Length: 7,074 yards

Course design: Joe Lee and Bob Cupp

Contact: 561.994.1000, woodfield.org

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Drew Limsky

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BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.