Campo de golf Melreese

Melreese Golf Course cerca del Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami
Melreese Golf Course cerca del Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami

Por: Shayne Benowitz

For many, a vacation to sunny Miami isn’t complete without a round of golf under the blue skies of our subtropical paradise. These are the conditions that cater to a 365 day golf season. Whether it’s a family outing, a bachelor party, or a father and son day, a trip to the links is good for body, mind and spirit. Miami’s golf courses are some of the best. After all, our city plays host to one of four World Golf Championships featuring play by the top 50 competitors of the Official World Golf Ranking. Some of our courses have even made Golfweek’s Top 10 list.

Campo de golf Melreese se encuentra a unos pocos kilómetros tierra adentro de la Bahía de Biscayne y es una piedra angular de la educación y entrenamiento de golf para estudiantes atletas y la comunidad. El campo de 135 acres se sometió a una renovación de $ 3.9 millones en 1997 para incluir un campo de prácticas de 12 acres, así como un centro de medios de golf lo suficientemente grande para acomodar hasta 100 personas. Un evento lleno de estrellas que Melreese ha recibido es el Irie Weekend, un torneo de golf de caridad organizado por el propio DJ Irie de Miami. Es un evento anual al que asisten atletas, como Alonzo Mourning, Chris Bosh y Reggie Bush, y animadores, como Jaime Foxx, Ne-Yo y Ludacris. El dinero recaudado va a la Fundación Irie para apoyar a las escuelas públicas de Miami-Dade y otros socios de caridad, como Make A Wish South Florida.

The Course

For the true golf enthusiast, here are the specifications of the course. Designed by Charles M. Mahannah, Jr., the 18-hole course opened in 1960 with 7,173 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. It has a course rating of 73.5 and its slope rating is 132. The course is planted with certified Tiftdwarf grass to guarantee the truest putting surface, and the course is built to United States Golf Association specifications.

If that sounds Greek to you, here’s some more general information about the architectural features for the layman. After its 1997 renovation, the new course features five lakes, nine waste bunkers and 97 sand bunkers, as well as a Cypress wetland area landscaped beautifully and designed strategically around the course. The rolling Northern-style fairway allows for dynamic elevation changes, and is also a practical function of the irrigation system, allowing for play in conditions when many other courses are unplayable.

The Amenities

The Melreese Country Club is a beautiful place to visit. Its mission is firmly embedded in charity work, and it welcomes both members and the public to its facilities. If you’re visiting from out of town, you’re more than welcome to schedule a tee time and play a round of golf, enjoy a meal in their restaurant and even play a game of tennis at the adjacent courts. There are expansive locker rooms with showers for both men and women, as well as a 2,000 square-foot pro shop for all of your golfing supplies and accessories. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also has banquet facilities that can accommodate groups of up to 160 people.

Melreese & the Community

The Melreese Golf Course is also home to many community and educational organizations, including the University of Miami women’s golf team, and Barry University and Johnson and Wales University’s men’s teams. Their junior golf program works with inner city students to organize weekend golf clinics, and they partner with the Boys & Girls Club and Big Brother & Big Sisters of Miami. First Tee is the Miami-Dade Amateur Golf Association and it works to not only groom the next generation of golf pros, but it also offers clinics to students with disabilities. It hosts a number of tournaments, including the Special Olympics, as well as various clinics and programs throughout the year.

No matter what time of year you plan to visit Miami, chances are the sun will be shining above the Melreese Golf Course and a day at the links will be calling. You can schedule your tee time and enjoy all the amenities that this full service club has to offer. Its close proximity to the airport makes it the ideal golfing destination whether you’re here for a quick business trip or a family vacation. Join the Miami community and tee off at Melreese!

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