MIAMI SHORES COUNTRY CLUB:
A Dynamic Destination

Story by: Mike May

This course’s historical roots are a big reason why the Miami Shores Country Club is one of 53 golf courses in Florida that comprise the Florida Historic Golf Trail.

Give credit to the Administration of the late President Franklin Roosevelt for providing most of the funding needed to build what is now the Miami Shores Country Club (10000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores, Florida; 305-795-2360).  With the assistance of a federal contribution of $67,946 from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), as well as $20,040 from the city of Miami Shores, ground was broken in early 1939 on this golf course.  The club opened for play in the fall of 1939 and was originally called the Miami Shores Village Golf and Country Club. 

The architects of the course were Robert F. ‘Red’ Lawrence and Louis Wilson.  This course’s historical roots are a big reason why the Miami Shores Country Club is one of 53 golf courses in Florida that comprise the Florida Historic Golf Trail.  Like many other golf courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail, the Miami Shores CC has ‘attributes’ which help make it stand apart from other golf courses.  Those ‘attributes’ are its clubhouse and a pair of hazards – a waterway and railroad tracks.  The clubhouse is the original structure, built in 1939.  The waterway is the Biscayne Canal Number C-8, now classified as a hazard. while the railroad tracks, affiliated with the Florida East Coast Railroad, are now classified as out-of-bounds.  While playing golf at the Miami Shores CC, golfers will cross that canal on five occasions.

In 2011, Miami Shores CC – an 18-hole, par 71 layout owned by the village of Miami Shores -- experienced a major facelift and upgrade.

Conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and the Miami International Airport, the Miami Shores Country Club is easily accessible for many golfers in Miami-Dade County.  This course has a certain amount of star appeal as it has hosted many Florida State Open golf tournaments over the years and has welcomed a number of celebrity golfing greats such as Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Trevino.  Also, the late, great entertainer Bob Hope and baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio both played golf at the Miami Shores CC.

In 2011, Miami Shores CC – an 18-hole, par 71 layout owned by the village of Miami Shores -- experienced a major facelift and upgrade.  MiniVerde Bermuda was installed on the greens, tees, and fairways; the bunkers were restored; the putting surfaces were reshaped; and a number of upgrades were made to other parts of the golf course.  The course, which features a number of majestic oak trees and a gently rolling terrain, is “always in excellent condition,” according to its website.

“We stand apart from other golf courses because of our tremendous customer service,” said Chris Baetzel, director of golf, Miami Shores Country Club.  “Our course is not your typical Florida golf course with many water hazards.  Instead, our course has a few changes in elevation and our fairways are tree-lined.  Our superintendent always does a tremendous job with our greens.  We have great greens.”

The most talked-about and most-photographed hole at Miami Shores CC is the par three, 2nd hole, which used to be the 11th hole.  While standing on the tee, the green actually angles from right to left.  Your tee shot must clear the Biscayne Canal in order to reach the putting surface, but if your tee shot drifts too far left, it will probably end up in the canal, whereas tee shots that veer too far right will end up in the bunker complex to the right of the green.  Former U.S. Open champion (1925) Willie MacFarlane simply referred to this short par-three as “the hole.”

Miami Shores Country Club is an attractive venue for golfers, it’s a gathering place for residents in the village of Miami Shores.

Not only is the Miami Shores Country Club an attractive venue for golfers, it’s a gathering place for residents in the village of Miami Shores.

“If there’s something going on in Miami Shores, it’s happening at our club in our clubhouse,” added Baetzel.  “Our annul Mother’s Day Brunch attracts more than 800 people.”

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