Golf Destination: Florida Keys

by GO GlobeHopper

The Florida Keys have it all — sun, surf, and sand, plus sailing and snorkelling; fishing and kayaking; attractions and dining, as well as shopping and entertainment.   The Keys also has golf.  There isn’t an abundance of courses, but what they have is beautiful, challenging, and well worth a visit for golfers of all skill levels.

Key West and the Lower Keys

The Key West Golf Club’s championship-rated course is known for its lush tropical landscaping and easy proximity to the island’s famous attractions, including the Historic Seaport District, Duval Street, the beaches, and museums. Visitors to Key West, Big Pine, and the Lower Keys can easily blend golfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and cultural events into a single day. The public course is located just minutes from numerous accommodations.

Key West Golf Club (shown in the lead photo – located at 6450 E. College Road, Stock Island) is the only Caribbean-style golf course in the United States. Designed by golf legend Rees Jones this 18 hole par 70 championship course is suited to players of all abilities. The course winds through lush keys landscaping, including the par 3 8th hole which is a 185-yard shot played completely over a field of tropical mangroves. Key West Golf Club is a full-service facility offering rental clubs, a driving range, PGA Professional instruction, a fully stocked Pro Shop, and dining for 150 people. This course is the perfect setting for your next corporate outing or tournament.


Visitors to Marathon can enjoy golfing on the 9-hole, par 3 course at the Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis facility. This is located at 8th Street, Key Colony Beach. Club rentals and pull carts are available, as well as annual passes for families, a favorite for seasonal snowbird visitors.


Although there are no public golf courses in Islamorada, visitors to Cheeca Lodge can play on the resort’s 9-hole, par-3 course. In addition, Marathon’s golf courses are about a 45-minute drive south. Key West’s course is approximately a 90-minute drive south.

Key Largo

Marathon’s golf courses are about a 1 hour 15-minute drive south. Key West’s course is about a two-hour drive south.

Information and Photo via Florida Keys and Key West

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