In this section learn more about the history of the course and its hometown, see a selection of historic and current images of the course, learn about what the course is like today, and discover nearby historic sites.
The Miami Beach Golf Club is located in the City of Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County. Originally called the Bay Shore Golf Course, work began on the golf course in 1921. It was part of pioneering developer Carl Fisher’s ambitious Alton Beach subdivision, designed to lure wealthy winter residents from New York, Indianapolis and Detroit. Fisher brought in English course designer Willie Park to lay out the course.
It is not often that the world’s leading golfer is the first to make the round of a new golf course, but the new Bay Shore course gained that distinction in November 1922, when Gene Sarazen played the full 18 holes. The golf course was officially opened to the public in 1923.
During World War II, the U.S. Army rented the course for $1 a year for use as a training ground; and helmeted, rifle-toting soldiers found themselves running through the course’s palm trees amid the smoke from practice grenades.
In 2002, the City of Miami Beach hired the golf course architectural firm of Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates to redesign the golf course. Nearly every blade of grass was replaced, every lake was drained, and a new clubhouse was built. The once tired and under-utilized Bayshore has now become the elegant and highly regarded Miami Beach Golf Club.
The Miami Beach Golf Club includes an 18-hole, par-72 golf course featuring four sets of tees playing from 5,000 to 6,800 yards.
While standing on the fifth tee, look to your right, and you will see a house at the corner of West 28th Street and Prairie Avenue. This was the former home of Capt. H.C.C Tippett, the golf professional for both the Miami Beach (Bayshore) and the old Miami Beach golf courses. It is said that he could survey the entire 36 holes of the two courses from the home’s lookout tower.
Art Deco District – The Art Deco buildings are an iconic part of Miami Beach’s history. More than 800 buildings from the 1930s and early '40s make up the city's historic Art Deco District, between 5th Street to the south and Dade Boulevard to the north. These pastel colored historic structures with porthole windows, ship-like railings, sleek curves, glass blocks, shiny chrome, and gleaming terrazzo floors are all located within one square mile of the golf course.
The Art Deco District Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive is operated by the Miami Design Preservation League, which was formed in 1976 to save the historical hotels from being demolished by developers, and restore them to their glory days. You'll find books, brochures, and guided tours here. Self-guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday. Visit Miami Design Preservation League for more details.
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Miami Beach, Florida 33140
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