Trending Golf: The Great Escape

With two carefully manicured golf courses, the members-only Fort Lauderdale Country Club provides a calm respite in the heart of a bustling city. 

By Eric N. Hart

South Florida golfers seeking a serene, welcoming club environment should look no further than Fort Lauderdale Country Club (FLCC), which occupies a private 288- acre slice of rural heaven on the east end of Pine Island Ridge. With 36 holes of parkland golf (the 18-hole South Course, built in 1926, and the 18-hole North Course, built in 1951), this 90-year-old members-owned club is described as a “gathering of welcoming, philanthropic world travelers” by General Manager Michael O’Brien, who was recently inducted into the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame. “People join our club for the lasting friendships, our two fabulous courses and the professionally organized travel opportunities we provide worldwide,” he says, noting that FLCC also has the largest women’s golf league in Broward County. 

The club’s North Course, whose signature ninth hole has been featured in numerous commercials thanks to its dramatic vantage point, is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. “Reinvestment is the key to staying relevant,” O’Brien says. “Elevating the overall playing experience to meet and exceed the golf experiences around us is proving to be a popular and growth-productive move.” 

But there isn’t much else at the club that needs improving. “We’re proud of what our club is and has accomplished,” O’Brien adds. “Being able to escape big-city life while staying in the big city—that’s a perk and privilege that simply doesn’t exist around here anymore.” 

415 Country Club Circle, Fort Lauderdale; 954.587.4700; fortlauderdalecc.com 

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