Fort Lauderdale Golf Vacations & Packages
Fort Lauderdale is one of the most underrated golf destinations in the country, and when you considered why golfers love visiting this iconic city, you have to wonder why it’s not near the top of everyone’s list.
The fame of this beach dates back to 1960, when Connie Francis and Paula Prentiss came of age in the movie “Where The Boys Are.” The beach is buzzing all hours of the day and night with a variety of activities.
Our hotel partner Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Beach overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is close to all the beach-related action. Once you’ve had a drink at the Sheraton pool bar; however, you may never leave the property. Another popular waterfront hotel is the Westin Beach Resort and Spa. It offers everything you’d expect in a beachfront property including a rejuvenating spa.
For those who like to combine golf and gambling, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is very popular among our golfers. A very large casino floor features all the popular machines and table games, and the hotel has lively nightclubs and highly rated restaurants.
One of our most popular hotel partners is GALLERY ONE, a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel. The spacious suites, some with mini-kitchens, make this a natural for golf groups. Some of the suites have balconies with ocean views. Outstanding restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are all within walking distance of the hotel.
As nice as the hotel properties are, the golf choices are what elevate Fort Lauderdale as a golf destination. The two golf courses at Jacaranda Golf Club, designed by Bobby Weed, recently underwent a $10 million renovation, breathing new life into the classic South Florida designs. The East Course has hosted many PGA and USGA competitions, and is the permanent home of the Broward County Amateur Championship. The West Course features various design elements that place emphasis on shotmaking, not length.
One of South Florida’s newest courses is also one its’ most popular. Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club is located in the heart of the city of Plantation. Designed by the architect firm von Hagge, Smelek & Baril, Plantation Preserve offers many unusual and exciting design elements, including the signature 9th hole island green, a risk/reward split fairway on the14th and the huge conjoined 15th and 17th greens.
Bob von Hagge was also involved in the design of two other popular South Florida tracks with former partner Bruce Devlin in the 1960s. Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Hollywood has matured into a classic layout with distinctive mounding framing many holes. His other design is the Club at Emerald Hills also in Hollywood. This layout features a harmonious blend of undulating greens, contoured bunkers and hills. It has hosted PGA Tour Doral and Honda Open Qualifiers, and many other major competitions.
Speaking of the PGA Tour, one of our favorite South Florida courses played host to the Honda Classic between 1996 and 2002. Heron Bay in Coral Springs was designed by Mark McCumber and was originally known as TPC at Heron Bay. It was named one of America’s 10 best new public golf courses by Golf Digest when it opened in 1996. Water comes into play on only three of the 18 holes. There are no forced carries, making the layout very playable for the less experienced golfer, while being challenging enough to test the world’s best.
The Golf Course at Deer Creek in Deerfield Beach was designed by renowned Arthur Hills. Deer Creek has undergone a $2 million renovation that included completely reconstructed greens, new sand and drainage in all bunkers (including five additional bunkers), and much more.
Palm Aire Country Club in Pompano Beach has a storied history, once serving as a winter playground for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jerry Lewis. There are three solid golf courses, two of which — the Oaks and the Cypress — were designed by the renowned duo of Tom and George Fazio.
No matter what hotels and courses you’re interested in, be sure to contact us to review your travel plans. Our Golfpac Travel Advisors (travel caddies, if you will) can give you the latest word on course conditions and can make suggestions to help make your golf trip a memorable experience for all involved. We’re here to help, so give us a call!