I read it was rated the toughest course in Florida! YIKES!!!
Crandon Park, Miami Fl
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Re: Crandon Park, Miami FlPlayed yesterday in a grueling round from 9:45 Am to 3:30 PM....the course was backed up a bit!!
This is worth every penny!!! What an incredible course, but man is it challenging!!!! Played of the blue tees, the par 3's were specially tough. On the front9 you spend half the time flying over water. Here are some notable holes ...
1st hole you have to carry 200 yards to make it to dry ground, and then keep it to the right to stay out of water....I took mu own analysis way to far....I seemed to find my way back to the right fringe on every shot!!
3rd Hole is a par 3 182 from the blues, with over the water carry of 145, not a real big deal except that you have about 100 ft of mangrove left and right of tee box...if your shot is anything but straight you will be in the water....I hit a branch on the left hand side that deflect travel; I ended about 60 yards out in the water...
4th hole form Blues you are looking at 618 yard par 5 that requires about 220 yards off the drive straight out, with very little room for error.. mangroves to the right, and water to the left..at around 240, you have a left and right fairway bunkers that demand a very controlled drive.
8th hole a beautiful 145 yard par 3 with about a 20 to 30 ft elevated green, that slopes down back towards the tee box. This is an incredible hole...you are completely surrounded by vegetation...anything outside of the green will roll down, and there is a mean left side bunker with a 3 ft wall to clear. I was able to get my shot to with in 3 ft to the flag Very rewarding hole.
10th hole amazing...slice off the tee and you end up in the water, adjust your second shot a little left, and you end in water...
12th hole this is the most famous hole of the course....its 155 yards over to water just to get to the edge of the green....I had the distance, was heading straight at the pin...and some how I hooked it at the end (i blame on the wind ), and ended up on the water.
13th, 14th, and 15th are pretty plain by comparison, but worth the challenge. 15th, requires a 145 yard drive to clear mangroves into the open fairway. My first par of the day (par 4)
16th hole has a mean dogleg left, water along the right had side, bunkers to the left of the fairway about 220 out....and terrain ends at about 280. Very nice!!!!!
17th hole 195 yards par 3...incredible, just make sure that you don't stray left or right, as there is not much room for error...any deviation results in lost balls into the mangroves. I hit the distance, with 3h, but was way left...tried to get the the ball...didn't find mine, I say about 8 within reach...then the mosquitoes attacked wow!!!!
18th hole Incredible!!! 485 par 5...reachable in 2 if you are long hitter....careful with the green and green side bunker, as you will have to face some challenging lips to make it out. The green is very long, and tiered the right side of the green will slope towards the bunkers I made it about 50 yards from the green on my second shot...skulled my third into the first sand trap, slapped my way out with my fourth, leaving me with a 45 ft up hill, which a nailed....only to have it slide down to the second green side bunker....on my sixth shot got it out and about 3 footer from the pin, for a short tap....a 7!!!! arg the frustration!!!!!
Bottom line, this is a great course, worth every penny!!!! But a few things to consider....Take lots of balls if you have a HC greater than 20. I lost 7, my buddy lost 14...Use a lot of sunblock and make sure is of a high spf if you plan to play during the noon hours...it's brutally hot, and take it with you for re-applies! Take mosquito repellent in which ever format you like because you will need it...and take a big can because you will have to reapply several times.....tee box on 14 was murder!!!
I had issues with consistency in putting because i felt some green running fast and others slow a several people agreed back at the 19th! Bottom line it was a great experience, one I hope to repeat, but not before putting some buckets of practice first.
Re: Crandon Park, Miami FlLol ...breaking 90!!!! yikes! I played 135, with my adjusted HC of 30.5, the course HC for me would have been 111, so may that's not tooo bad, but it's the second highest score I have ever posted. The first was 143 the very first time I played.
I will need to practice more before I head back.....I started to get into better shape towards the 15th hole, at which time, you can't do anything to save the score!!!
Re: Crandon Park, Miami FlHaven't played there but heard the mosquitos and slow play are a deterrent. The latter is to be expected though considering how big Miami is and how nice that area is.
I also recommend Miami Beach Golf Club which I truly enjoy. Not sure if they have any deals like Crandon but it's well worth the play.
I started volunteering at Crandon a couple of months ago. I'm a Ranger on Saturdays. For 8 hours of volunteer work I get unlimited playing privileges & range balls. Pretty damn sweet deal.
A couple of weeks back we had an extra hazard on the cart path about 200 yards off of the first tee -
My advice when playing this course -
One, it plays longer than what the scorecard says. We are at sea level, the fairways are somewhat soft, and we have a constant breeze, usually from the east (the ocean is only a half mile away). It's 6500 from the whites, which is perfect for me. I see guys going back to the blues (about 6800) and they simply do not have the game to be playing from back there - 6800 will play like 7100. And forget the black (back) tees unless you're a pro. From the back tees it's the third-toughest public course in the country behind Bethpage Black & Torrey South. 76.5 rating, 151 slope.
The wind is blowing harder than you think. What 'appears' to be a one-club wind is more like 2 or even 3. Case in point, the 12th hole - the par 3 over water. The card says 174 from the whites. It plays like 190. Trust me. If you take your 6 iron out there & hit it pure, don't be surprised if your next shot is from the drop area.
It's a second-shot course. Tee areas are pretty generous, but most of the greens are well bunkered. It demands well-struck approach shots.
It's South Florida. The greens are very VERY grainy. Read the grain.