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.
Normandy Shores Golf Club is located on the northern end of Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County. In 1923, two mangrove-covered islands in Biscayne Bay were being developed by Henri Levy and his associates. Workers spent two years dredging and filling South Island. In honor of Levy's French heritage, it was renamed Normandy Isle and the streets were named after French towns and provinces. North Island, which would be named Normandy Shores, remained partially developed until the late 1930s, when the City of Miami Beach purchased the northern portion to create a golf course.
William S. Flynn of the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomy and William S. Flynn, met with Miami Beach officials in 1938 about the development of the new municipal course being built on North Normandy Isle. Flynn planned to make this new course one of the sportiest municipal layouts in the country. Construction of the golf course took longer than expected because of the difficulties encountered growing grass on the spoil that had been pumped off the bottom of Biscayne Bay. The golf course officially opened in 1941. Maryland visitor, Edgar Reed, had the honor of being the first player, shooting a 97.
The golf course underwent changes in the 1950s made by Mark Manahan. In 2008, the City of Miami Beach hired golf course architect Arthur Hills to redesign the aging course and bring it back to its current state of glory.
The Normandy Shores Golf Club includes an 18-hole, par-71 golf course featuring three sets of tees playing from 5,900 yards to 6,800 yards. The course is planted with Supreme Seashore Paspalum and while its length is not overwhelming its well protected landing areas and greens make for a stern test of golf. The course is strategically bunkered, and water hazards come into play on 12 out of the 18 holes. Fast undulating greens offer a formidable challenge, making Normandy Shores a true test of every golfers’ skills.
In 2010, the city opened the current clubhouse, a reproduction of the original Normandy Shores clubhouse that had been designed by prominent architect August Geiger in 1941. The structure was rebuilt and retains the same footprint and façade as the original. The updated and spacious interior features a well-appointed lobby, full-service restaurant and bar, a pro shop, and men and womens’ locker rooms that rival modern country clubs.
Sightseeing Cruises – In the spirit of being on an island…what better way to see the area than taking a sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami's spectacular landmarks and even the homes of the rich and famous. There are several sightseeing boat tours available including one that features amphibious vehicles. Many boat tours include pick-up from designated Miami and Miami Beach hotels, or leave from Bayside Park in downtown Miami.
2401 Biarritz Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
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