Crandon Golf Key Biscayne is a meticulously maintained municipal golf course located in an island environment with seven saltwater lakes and breathtaking views of the Miami skyline. Surrounded by water, natural mangroves and a lush tropical landscape, the course adjoins Miami’s majestic Biscayne Bay. Host to the PGA Senior Tour, Crandon is a difficult course for an inexperienced golfer and a favorite for locals and tourists interested in seriously challenging their game. Pro Alex Fernandez directs golf instruction with both private lessons and video analysis.
Recently refurbished to make it one of the area’s top destination golf courses, Crandon Golf Key Biscayne was originally designed in 1972 and updated in 1993 by the prestigious Devlin/ Von Hagge who crafted seven saltwater lakes and many challenging sand traps. Currently under the stewardship of former Fisher Island superintendent Brian Field, the course comprises nearly 7400 yards of truly compelling play. The addition of forecaddies has shortened play time from nearly six hours to a far more manageable four and a half.
The first hole, a double dogleg over water to a heavily protected green, gives confident golfers a taste of the round to come. By the third (a middle distance 193 yard par three with hidden bunkers), and the fourth (a monster 600 yard par four), even good golfers may find themselves unsettled. The seventh is a dogleg par four with an endless approach to the green over water and surely one of the hardest on the course. If it is not a windy day, some bounce back at the eighth hole which is a short 140 yard par three with an elevated turtleback that does not forgive any lapse in direction or distance. Approach it with some finesse and then move on to the equally challenging back nine.
Note that the eleven is a 450 yard par four to a redan green (bunkers left, water right) and the twelve a long 187 yard par three over water that’s particularly daunting on a windy day. The seventeen is a 200+ yard par three and the eighteen – a massive 555 yard par 5 – pays off a super narrow, 250 yard straight tee shot over water to reach the fairway with a dazzling vista across the water to the Downtown Miami skyline midway through. The second shot must avoid trees on the right and a well-placed bunker about 100 yards short of the green. Truly a difficult finish to an impressive round of golf!
Relax after your game at Fairways on the Key, an indoor / outdoor restaurant and lounge serving American classics Monday through Sunday from 7am to sunset. Crandon Golf Key Biscayne offers a fully stocked pro shop, NIKE club rental, GPS carts, a lighted driving range and practice chipping and putting greens.