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Private Gems

Greater Miami has fewer private clubs of note than the region’s affluence and illustrious golf history might suggest. Indian Creek Country Club (1928), situated in an exclusive residential community on a 300-acre island off the coast of Miami Beach, was designed by William Flynn of Shinnecock fame. La Gorce Country Club (1927) in the heart of Miami Beach lies atop two million-plus cubic yards of earth dredged from Biscayne Bay for the construction of the course. Within a year of its opening, the club hosted the Miami Beach-La Gorce Open, won by Johnny Farrell. Robert Trent Jones Sr. tweaked the original H.C.C. Tippets layout in 1953 and Jack Nicklaus redesigned it in 1995. Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club (1991) in Coral Gables is home to a scenic and well-regarded Arnold Palmer layout that unfolds along a secluded inlet of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.

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