When Turnberry Associates’ Jeffrey Soffer and his sister Jackie Soffer, of Miami, Florida, presented plans for refreshing Turnberry Isle Miami, he thought outside the box. More precisely, Soffer also looked outside just the resort’s rooms, restaurants and meeting facilities to enhance Turnberry Isles’ two championship golf courses.
Originally designed by golfing legend Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Soffer and Miller Courses were re interpreted by Raymond Floyd. The results have been nothing short of magnificent. With contoured fairways, rolling greens, strategically placed water features and carved bunkers, clever doglegs, and varying elevation changes, the course are set up to enthrall golfers of every talent level.
A par 71, 4,971-7,047 yard masterpiece, The Soffer Course is home to LPGA and PGA events. Its par five 18th hole features a challenging island green that’s just feet away from a magnificent 64-foot waterfall, making it one of the more legendary finishing holes any golfer could hope to play. The Miller Course is a par 70, 4,343-6,417 yard strategic gem with rolling fairways framed by mature ficus, banyan and olive trees. A shot-maker’s layout, it requires solid drives and pinpoint iron play.
Golf at Turnberry Isle Miami also features a practice area with a double-ended driving range, target and putting greens, course-grade bunkers, and chipping and pitching areas that almost seem to be a separate course.
A private club, Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club memberships are available for local residents as well as resort guests. For the avid golfer, it’s a decision worth considering because Turnberry Isle Miami showcases the very best of Florida golf.
If you do go…and play The Miller Course…here’s a bit of advice: try not to be distracted by all the pink flamingos nesting on Lake Julius. And, yes, the lake is named for U.S. Open Champion Julius Boros, who was Turnberry Isle’s first Director of Golf.