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|In Miami for the Super Bowl? TeeBone Golf Inc. can get you on Doral's storied Blue Monster. (Courtesy Doral Resort & Spa)|
No doubt there's a rush on for golf course slots around the Feb. 4 game. If you want to let someone else do the work for you, TeeBone Golf Inc. is the official tee-time service for the South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee, and it's currently booking.
"We are proud to have been chosen to be involved with the Super Bowl," President and CEO Robert Larsen said. "We are excited to be providing this much-needed service and feel confident our quality and delivery will exceed the expectations of Super Bowl guests."
The company is booking nearly 30 courses, including all five tracks at the storied Doral Golf Resort & Spa. To make the selection process a little easier, here's are a handful of the best places to play before or after the big game.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa: Arguably the epicenter of Florida golf, Doral is home to the famed Blue Monster, which reopened in September after a four-month renovation project to prepare it for this year's WGC-CA Championship.
Designed by Dick Wilson and restored by Raymond Floyd, the Blue Monster has been hosting PGA Tour events for 40 years. The 7,125-yard course has many strategic bunkers, long fairways, undulating greens and some thick rough. The 18th has been ranked one of the world's top 100 holes by GOLF Magazine.
Among the four other tracks at Doral, only the Great White, named for its designer, Greg Norman, is generally mentioned in the same breath as its blue neighbor, although its degree of difficulty inspires as much hate as love. The Red, Golf and Silver tracks are considered Doral's second tier, but they're still well worth a play.
TPC at Heron Bay: Located in Coral Springs, this 7,268-yard Mark McCumber design opened in 1996. The 10-time Tour winner must like the beach - this course is full of sand. Many of the 107 bunkers guard the greens.
Still, Heron Bay isn't overly punishing. It has five sets of tees to accommodate a range of skill levels. The fairways are open and spacious, and water only comes into play on three holes.
The Club at Emerald Hills: Designed by Charles Ankrom, this 7,017-yard track has hosted the Doral and Honda qualifying events for a decade and was recently selected as the site for the U.S. Amateur Qualifier and U.S. Mid Amateur Qualifier.
With a resume like this, little wonder Emerald Hill has made Golf Digest's Places to Play the past 10 years. The course features undulating greens, contoured traps and hills and is well-maintained.
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