Southernmost Golf in Key West

The par 3 fifth hole at The Key West Golf Club

If you’re planning a visit to Key West and you enjoy playing golf, I’d recommend taking in 18 holes at the picturesque Key West Golf Club. The course sits on over 200 acres of Key West landscape and offers all the unique aspects of south Florida golf that you’d expect – flowers, palm trees, ponds, dense mangroves, wildlife – all on a fun course that plays fair…most of the time. While most days are perfect days to be out playing 18 holes, the challenge at The Key West Golf Club isn’t necessarily the course itself (as long as you’re hitting it straight), but the prevailing easterly winds that can feel like you’re having to take more club on almost all the holes.

The tee box on the infamous mangrove par 3. The green is in the distance.

But don’t let the wind stop you from heading over to the course while you’re down in Key West. The last time I played the course, the fairways, rough, and greens were all in great shape and the iguanas, ducks, and other wildlife were out in full force. That’s right – iguanas are often seen roaming the course or lounging near the ponds along the fairways. I’ve taken numerous visitors to the course while they’re in town and everyone has enjoyed the course immensely. While the course does rent clubs, I’d recommend bringing your own set and make sure that you’ve got plenty of golf balls. There’s water on most holes and if it is a breezy day, you’re almost guaranteed to find it at some point. As well, the course is known for its famous (or infamous, as their site suggests) par 3 mangrove hole – a 140+ yard carry over dense mangroves that will have you teeing up more than one golf ball.

Golf is expensive enough as it is, without having to worry about the added costs of renting clubs and buying golf balls. This is especially true if you plan on losing a few balls out on the course (and you probably will!). But since Key West doesn’t really have any traditional sporting goods stores, you’re only option is to pick up a dozen brand new balls at the course. Like many things in Key West, the price of golf balls can be pretty expensive. I’d recommend heading over to my online store at and picking up a few dozen premium recycled golf balls prior to your visit to Key West. I sell only the best mint golf balls and I stand behind my products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can get 2 dozen mint 2016 Titleist Pro V1 golf balls shipped to your door for about the price of one dozen brand new balls from the big-box golf stores.


At The Key West Golf Club, the staff is friendly and there’s a full-service pro shop and restaurant on site. At $99 (plus tax) for 18 holes, the green fees may seem a bit on the expensive side during the winter months (November 1st thru April 30th). But remember that the next nearest 18-hole public course if roughly 15o miles away and about a 3-hour drive. Besides, it’s great fun to be able to say you’ve played the southernmost golf course in Paradise and it may be a while before you get a chance to play it again.

Key West: Duval Street Favs – Part I

Duval Street Sign – Courtesy of Sam H.

Centrally located in Key West’s famous Old Town district, Duval Street is just over a mile in length and runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Offering something for everyone, and frequently compared to New Orleans’ infamous Bourbon Street, Duval pulses with a lively, touristy, carnival-like atmosphere that draws vacationers from all over the world.

When we have guests visiting us (especially guests who haven’t been to Key West before), we tend to split our time: the beach during the day and Duval in the evening. While Duval certainly attracts (and often caters to) the tourists, that doesn’t mean you can’t find some genuinely good spots to grab a cocktail or eat dinner. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of bars and restaurants and revert to restaurants you know. So if you’re looking for alternatives to the Hard Rock Cafe and Margaritaville, then here’s just a few of our Duval Street favorites.

Duval pulses with a lively, touristy, carnival-like atmosphere that draws vacationers from all over the world.

At the southern end of Duval, sitting on the shore of the Atlantic, is the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Whether we have guests or not, we like to head to the Cafe Bar around happy hour for an app and a drink or two. This is an oceanfront bar on the beach with tropical drinks. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is well worth a visit as well.


The beach and bar at the Southernmost Beach Cafe

If you’re in the mood for a casual French bistro, then head just a few blocks north to the corner of Duval and Louisa for the Banana Cafe. Popular for breakfast, this spot also offers lunch and dinner in a casual setting with both indoor and outdoor dining available. Being somewhat new to Key West, we hadn’t been here until recently. Now it’s one of our local favs.

Another one of our French favorites is Le Petit Paris, at the corner of Duval and Olivia. Also offering indoor and covered outdoor seating, we enjoy heading over for a late breakfast and sharing their delicious pancakes, crepes, and fresh-squeezed juices while sitting outside.

Duval Street – Courtesy of The Vintage Urbanite

If you’re in the mood for wood-fired pizza, then you’ll find Onlywood Pizzeria near the corner of Duval and Southard. It’s nestled down a short sidewalk, just steps away from the bustle of Duval. Aside from their pizzas, this Italian trattoria and pizzeria also offers a happy hour menu, apps & salads, Italian entrees, and an extensive wine list. Sit inside, outside, or at the bar. We mostly dine in when we’re here, but they deliver as well.

Also near the corner of Duval and Southard is the Old Town Mexican Cafe. This is one of my local favorites. If you’re in the mood for great Mexican food with open-air seating and a lively atmosphere, this worth a stop. The carne adovada is awesome – I get it every time.

At the complete opposite end of Duval, Sunset Pier is another of our oceanfront favorites. For spectacular sunset views, live music, drinks, and casual dining, the pier is a great place to relax and watch the sun go down after a long day at the beach.

If these restaurants aren’t enough to satisfy your quest for great food in Old Town, then go check out Our Key West Favorites, by Caribbean Sealife. This is a fantastic list of some of their (and my) local favs. Check back to Southernmost Points soon to enjoy some of my off-Duval-Street recommendations.

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Next Time – Off-Duval: Some Bahama Village Favs