If you’ve never played golf in Fort Lauderdale, that’s okay because neither have I. I’ve played all around the area on some of South Florida’s finest public tracks, but never specifically in Fort Lauderdale for one reason or another.
With that being said, I’ve received a lot of requests from our readers wanting to know what the best public courses in the city are. So, I’ve done what I always do, reach out to you guys for feedback and like always, you’ve come through in a big way.
So, what did you have to say? Let’s take a closer look.
Davie Golf Club
The pride of golf in the town of Davie, is none other than Davie Golf Club.
Owned and operated by the city, this club underwent a major renovation in 2011 and locals and visitors alike are thrilled.
Known for having some of the most fun green complexes around, this course will challenge putters with even the deftest of touches.
Like a lot of courses in South Florida, there’s ample water out here. You’ll need to keep it in the short stuff if you want to score.
For as much play as this course gets, pace of play never seems to be a problem.
A great value and fun round of golf.
Woodmont Country Club
Woodmont Country is a semi-private club and one of the hot list spots in Fort Lauderdale.
Even though there’s a vibrant private membership, the course is open to the public seven days a week.
Accuracy trumps length around this track as numerous water hazards and plenty of bunkers come into play from tee to green.
The course features three different nine-hole layouts which allow you to mix and match your round of 18.
If you’re significant other would rather spend time on the tennis court than the golf course, be sure to check out the critically acclaimed Canas Tennis Academy.
A local’s favorite, Woodmont is a course you won’t want to miss.
Eagle Trace Golf Club
Another semi-private facility, Eagle Trace Golf Club is a premier track in Fort Lauderdale.
Home to the Honda Classic from 1984 to 1996, Eagle Trace is a tour-level test. The locals boast that this course has the toughest set of par threes in the area. All play over water or bunkers to greens that are well guarded.
The signature 13th hole is a demanding par four that requires a well struck tee shot to find a fairway that’s protected by out of bounds and water.
When you get to the 18th tee, you’ll be facing what many call the hardest finishing hole in Broward County. Measuring 470 yards from the back tee, you’ll have to hit two solid shots to find the green in regulation.
A stern test for good players, yet accessible for everyone, Eagle Trace is a first-rate facility.
Bonaventure Golf Club
Wide fairways and exquisite water features are the norm at Bonaventure Golf Club. Open to the public, this course is a classic Florida Everglades design.
Constructed by John Lee and opened in 1970, Bonaventure remains timeless to this day.
Hole #3 is especially memorable as you play the par three tee shot to an elevated green that’s fronted by a breathtaking waterfall. Don’t come up short!
After your round, the 19th Hole is the perfect spot to grab a cold beverage and a bite to eat as you recount the day’s events.
Boca Lago Golf and Country Club
The members of Boca Lago are proud of their golf course. However, they also welcome public play with a warm smile and open arms.
Three separate nines mean this course plays differently every day.
All nines underwent a major renovation a few years back, and the facility received the prestigious award of “Best New Design” in 2018.
What golfers like most about this course is the variety of choices they’re given to play each hole. Risk, reward, and strategy are all evident and make for a fun round of golf.
Even though this course is a little on the pricey side, regulars say it’s worth every penny.
Normandy Shores Golf Club
Normandy Shores is considered the most family-friendly course in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Wide fairways, generous greens, and multiple teeing grounds allow golfers of all abilities to enjoy their time out on the course.
Always in great shape, you won’t find many bad lies on these emerald fairways and, if you get your putts started online, there’s a good chance they’ll find the bottom of the cup.
If you’re just getting started out with golf, there are several reputable PGA instructors on staff to introduce golf in a fun, relaxing environment.
Miami Springs Golf and Country Club
Opened in 1923, Miami Springs is one of the most storied courses in South Florida. Way back when, the likes of Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead cut their teeth on this iconic track.
Today, you can walk these same hallowed grounds for just a few bucks.
The layout is classic with tree lined fairways, small greens, and intercoastal waterways that come into play on a number of holes.
Locals won’t deny that this course gets a lot of play but they continually rave about what a great job the Superintendent does keeping it in good shape.
A feature that’s unique to Miami Springs is its lighted driving range. If you’ve never hit balls in the dark, I’m here to tell it’s a blast.
History and tradition meet value and friendly service here.
Delray Beach Golf Club
When I reached out to our readers, I wanted to know what their favorite muni was in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The overwhelming majority pointed to Delray Beach.
Designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1923, Delray Beach is an old-school layout like you’d expect. The design is right in front of you and there’s no guessing about how to play each hole.
Small, firm greens make judging your approach shots accurately a must. If you short side yourself, good luck getting up and down for par.
A great value with a muni vibe that can’t be matched, Delray Beach is a can’t miss.
Lakeview Golf Club
Maybe you’re looking for a screaming deal. You won’t find anything better in this part of the world than Lakeview Golf Club.
An executive course with a par of 60, you won’t need to bang driver out here.
Instead, the small greens and narrow fairways put a premium on accuracy.
Known for being in exceptional condition, this is a favorite spot for players that are new to the game. It’s also a great spot to sharpen your irons and wedges.
A fun and rewarding round of golf at a great price.
Flamingo Lakes Golf and Country Club
Flamingo Lakes isn’t long by any means. In fact, it’s one of the shorter courses in the area.
That doesn’t mean it’s a pushover, however. You’ll be forced to keep it in the short grass out here. Plenty of trees overhang narrow fairways and there’s no shortage of water hazards.
Locals say this is a hidden gem in the Fort Lauderdale area. Pace of play is rarely an issue and the tenured staff takes pride in providing a great all-around experience for everyone that comes out to play.
Moderately priced and a pleasurable round.
Golfers in Ft. Lauderdale take a lot of pride in their plentiful public golf courses. With some of the best rates in Southern Florida, and such a diversity of courses to choose from, it’s not hard to see why.
Even though other destinations might come to mind as premier golf destinations, Ft. Lauderdale isn’t to be overlooked.
Thanks as always to our readers for their help in making this article possible. If I’ve missed something or you have more insight to add, shoot us comment down below.