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History

Originally opened as Bayshore Golf Course in 1923 as part of pioneering developer Carl Fisher's ambitious Alton Beach subdivision that was designed to lure wealthy winter residents from New York, Indianapolis and Detroit.

By 1923, Fisher and his colleagues had opened three big golf courses. Tourists loved the new courses.

In World War II, the U.S. Army rented the course for $1 a year as a training ground, and helmeted, rifle-toting soldiers ran through the course's palm trees amid the smoke from smoke grenades.

In 1944, Chicago investors moved to buy the course, planning to build 650 upscale homes there; disapproving neighbors persuaded the city to condemn and buy the land and keep the golf course.

In 1954, the ornate, Mediterranean clubhouse that Fisher had built on the course was replaced by a new one.

Forty-Eight years later the remodeling task has gone a few steps further than new furniture and a fresh coat of paint. At age 79, Miami Beach's signature Bayshore Golf Course received a $10 million face-lift.

The face-lift was major: every blade of grass and most trees removed; lakes drained, redesigned and refilled; irrigation system replaced, even hills and bunkers bulldozed and resculpted; the old clubhouse demolished and a new clubhouse was constructed.

The City of Miami Beach hired Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates for the latest and most extensive transformation. The once tired and under-utilized Bayshore has now become the elegant and highly regarded Miami Beach Golf Club. The result is a beautifully restored landmark that will be enjoyed by South Florida residents and visitors from around the world for years to come.
In 2011 the Miami Beach Golf Club became the home of South Beach International Amateur. This TOUR formatted worldwide amateur became the highest ranked inaugural international tournament since the inception of field rankings (47th worldwide). 2011 United States Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft of Denton, Texas played his three rounds at Miami Beach Golf club and one round at sister course Normandy Shores Golf club at 4 under par to become the first SBIA Champion.
In 2012 The South Beach International Amateur moves into the "Top 25" fields in the world and receives the Royal & Ancients highest ranking ("A") and is classified a "Major" worldwide amateur tournament. Juan Pablo Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico seperates himself from the field with a 10 under par total, allowing for his to be the second name placed on the Crystal Trophy which is permantly on display at the Miami Beach Golf Club.
The 2013 South Beach International Amateur field continued to get even stronger and featured the second largest international contingent (25 countries/95 international players) in the world, second only to the British Amateur. Gregory Eason of Leicester City, England, one of the world's top amateur players finished at 5 under par to win what has become one of amateur golf's most sought after championships. 
The 2014 South Beach International Amatuer became the 14th ranked field in the world. Florida's own Gabriel Lench took the crown beating Canada's Adam Svenson by one shot. The 2014 field featured 210 of the world's best amateurs including 107 international players.
 
The 2015 South Beach International Amateur moved up two spots to #12 in the world. Venzuela's Jorge Garcia of the University of Florida took home the crystal championship trophy besting one of the world's strongest fields. Mexico's Luis Garza tied for second with a final round 61, a new course record at the Miami Beach Golf Club.