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.
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 theballguy.com 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.