Miami: headquarters of the Clásico and good golf

Hello Feveruses. The city of Miami is the epicenter of the World Baseball Classic, a four-year event that brings together the best of world baseball, and in which our team comes out as the favorite, although today’s game is crucial because we must beat Puerto Rico to be able to go to second phase. But in the City of the Sun not everything is baseball, because there is also a lot of golf. Dozens of local “Fiebruses” have gathered at the Classic and will take the opportunity to play in two of the most emblematic golf cities in Florida: Miami and Orlando. Let’s know a little about each one:

MIAMI: There are 45 golf courses in the city of Miami, 31 of them located within 20 miles of downtown, including 8 public, 17 municipal, and 9 private. The oldest course in the Miami area is the Miami Springs Golf & Country Club (1923), and one of the longest courses is The Club at Emerald Hills (7,785 yards). Trump National Doral is rated as the best course in the urban area, but names like Indian Creek CC, Turnberry Isle Resort and Club, Normandy Shores Golf Club, Miami Shores GC, Palmetto GC, The Country Club of Miami, Granada GC, Miccosukee Golf and CC, Riviera CC, Coral Gables GC, Briar Bay Golf Course, and Miami National Golf Club, are some of the favorites. The bad news is that the legendary Miami International Links, better known as Melreese Golf Club (1942) has its days numbered, as it was sold to former soccer player David Beckham, who will build a soccer stadium there (that remains to be seen), a mall, and first class hotels. The news saddens thousands of fans who began to practice golf in Melreese, and nostalgia is felt greatly as it closes this Sunday the 19th. Miami is characterized by its good weather, its proximity to the coast, and a great Hispanic culture, influenced by by the large Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican colony residing in the area.

ORLANDO. The city of Micky and Minnie is another jewel in the state of Florida, with a climate very similar to the big city, but with a harsher winter. Orlando is also home to many PGA Tour players who enjoy easy access to central Florida and its great golf, a staple of Orange County (long before Disney World), with courses dating back to the years 20’s. Today we can choose from more than 200 courses in Orlando that range from five-star resorts to cheap courses suitable for all types of budgets. In the area we can cite layouts known to Creoles such as Shingle Creek GC, Winter Park GC, Southern Dunes Golf & CC, Bay Hill Golf Club, Deltona Club, Orange Country GC, Grand Cypress Resort, Reunion Resort and Club, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Magnolia GC, Lake Buena Vista GC, Oak Trail GC and Tranquilo GC, among others.

Cities like Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Naples, Ponte Vedra, San Augustine, Jacksonville and Tallahassee to the north, and Tampa to the west, are true golf paradises. Miami, as a city desired for retirement, opens its doors to the world. If you decide to go to the remainder of the Clásico, be sure to take a look around the field of your choice. I assure you that you will not regret it.

BASEBALL AMBIANCE: Thousands of fans from all over Latin America have come to Miami, especially from Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, and obviously from the Dominican Republic. An almost local atmosphere is felt in the stadium, with fans chanting battle chants with which they harangue their respective home teams. Definitely, Miami these weeks is the epicenter of world baseball.

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