Florida Keys golf is world apart from the mainland experience. Imagine teeing off in the morning with the ocean as a backdrop. Imagine native birds as your spectators amongst the mangroves as you calculate your next swing. Florida Keys golf is all this and more. Because you just can’t beat the splendor or island landscapes mixed with superbly designed courses that are the envy of other course managers from Miami to Maine. Golfing in paradise pretty much sums it up. Need we say more?
Depending on which island you’re headed for, Florida Keys golf brings you a championship rated course in Key West, a public par 3 course in Marathon, a resort course at the Cheeca Lodge, and a total of three private golf courses in Key Largo. Enjoy a fun game of golf while on vacation in the Florida Keys, any time of year. For year-round golfing when the weather is uncooperative back home, you will always find an open course that offers fun Florida Keys golf action. If you like having a golf course all to yourself, then chances are you can indulge all you like May through October. Florida Keys golf goes year round, but you’ll find that the number of golfers (and everybody else) thins out during these months. The reason of course is the hotter weather plus the fact that it’s warmer up North and those nortern golfers can finally play on their home courses which have been covered in snow for months and months.
Golfing in Key Largo
The Florida Keys golf courses in Key Largo are actually 15 miles north of Key Largo center, at the Ocean Reef resort. It’s a private resort and you must be a member. There’s a 9-hole course in Islamorada, a few miles up the road from Key Largo, at the Cheeca Lodge. Guests at the lodge can invite friends to play on the course there for no charge.
Golfing in Marathon
Visitors to Marathon even have their choice of Florida Keysgolf courses. There’s the Sombrero Country Club, which is private but has reciprocal agreements with other golf clubs around the world. This golf course is open every day during the peak season from November to May, then six days a week during the summer months. There are special programs like Twilight Golf, golf for youths, golf tournaments and golf clinics.
If you’re looking for a public golf course in Marathon, then head for Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis. Key Colony Beach is a town adjacent to Marathon, on the ocean side just north of the center of Marathon. As a visitor to the Florida Keys, you’ll appreciate that you can rent golf clubs and carts at this course. Plus, it’s just $9 to play 9 holes and $7 for another nine holes.
Golfing in Key West
In Key West, there’s the Key West Golf Course, designed by Rees Jones. It’s 18 holes spread over 200 acres. The new renovation has made beautiful use of indigenous plants, and allowed the mangroves to remain. This means egrets, herons, and other native birds dot the landscape, enjoying the mangroves and trees that line the edge of the course. For your convenience you can rent bags, clubs and lockers here.