The iconic Biltmore Hotel is one of Miami’s greatest landmarks. Technically speaking, the beautiful hotel is in Coral Gables, a city next door to Miami. In December the hotel hosted a private ceremony commemorating the reopening of its restored Donald Ross-designed golf course. Guests at the event included former Florida Governor and Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez and golf instructor Jim McLean. The restoration of the golf course is part of a $30 million project, which began in 2017 and included the redesign of the hotel’s guest rooms, corridors, main lobby, its spa and fitness club.
“It is our vision through this restoration that the resort shall remain a premier golf destination for years to come, and thus we are steadfast in our commitment to preserving the course while simultaneously paying tribute to a piece of our national history.” said Gene Prescott, President and CEO of The Biltmore Hotel.
Golf Course Architect Brian Silva referenced the original plans drafted by Donald Ross in 1925. Improvements include new Bermuda grass on the existing tees, fairways and greens, incorporated new bunkers, enhanced short-game practice as well as separate range areas and an added course length to over 7,100 yards.
“We sought to bring back Ross’ original characteristics of play, which has a great deal of movement, and the result is a spectacular course,” Silva added.
The golf course is now being considered as a potential host site for a future PGA Tour Champions event and is currently home to the University of Miami Women’s golf team and the NCAA Hurricane invitational. Additionally, in January, the renowned Jim McLean Golf School will mark its one-year anniversary at the hotel and the golf course will celebrate its fifty-fifth consecutive year of hosting the annual Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship.
A stay and play package in a 660 square feet one bedroom suite with two queen beds and separate living area starts at around $850 per night.