Jim McLean Signature Course at Doral hole 14
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The 14th hole on the Jim McLean Signature Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla.
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updated 1/29/2010 11:42:33 AM ET 2010-01-29T16:42:33

No Super Bowl host does the spectacle quite like Miami, thanks to perfect weather, hard bodies and parties galore along South Beach.

Miami is an especially golf-friendly Super Bowl destination as well. The courses aren't as abundant as other recent Super Bowl spots such as Jacksonville or Phoenix, but it's almost guaranteed that there will be plenty of sunshine and you'll be playing golf in Bermuda shorts.

And considering the Super Bowl's next two venues — Dallas, which can have iffy golf weather in February, and Indianapolis (where you'll want to be huddled up next to a roaring fire for sure) — if you were ever going to golf during Super Bowl week, this is your year.

Because there are fewer golf courses in populated, built-up south Florida, don't expect to find many bargains. Count on paying top dollar for tee times and stay-and-play packages. Of course most of the area's top resorts are either full or almost full for the weekend.

Here are your golf options during Super Bowl week in South Florida:

Upscale south Florida resort golf
While not as golf-rich as Orlando, Tampa, or the area from Jacksonville down to St. Augustine, south Florida does offers a handful of upscale resort golf courses.

The biggest game in town is the Doral Resort, home to five 18-hole courses, highlighted by the formidable PGA Tour host, the Blue Monster.

The Blue Monster at Doral
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Next to the Super Bowl, the biggest game in town is the formidable Blue Monster course at Doral.

The Blue Monster is available for play any day except Friday and Saturday at this point, and the course is still booking times for a 1 p.m. shotgun start on Super Bowl Sunday.

The remaining four courses at Doral, include the recently opened Jim McLean Signature Course. Formerly known as the Silver, the rebuilt course named for the resort's famous teaching pro, now plays to more than 7,100 yards and rivals Greg Norman's Great White course at as second fiddle at the resort. Each of the Doral Resort courses have limited availability throughout the week depending on the day and space is available to the public. Call 800-713-6725 for booking info.

Don Shula's Golf Resort, just a short drive from the stadium in Miami Lakes and home to a championship and executive course, is obviously going to receive a bit of attention during Super Bowl week. Spots are sold out on Shula's Senator Course, a Bill Watts design, Feb. 2-6, with limited space available on the day of the big game.

Dolphin Stadium is actually between downtown Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, and just a few miles from Hallandale, home to the Diplomat Country Club (a partner of the oceanfront Westin Diplomat). This posh, semi-private club a whiff from the Atlantic is an old school, 1957 design updated in 2000 by Joe Lee.

Public golf courses in Miami
If you can't score a tee time at one of the resorts, try public Crandon Golf Golf Course on Key Biscayne, a local treasure operated by the Miami Dade Parks system. You've still got a chance to book a round at Crandon G.C., which accepts tee times five days advance (if you want to book a tee time Super Bowl weekend, better mark your calendar).

Miami Crandon Park Golf Course
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Crandon Park Golf Course has seven saltwater lakes and views of Biscayne Bay.

Also in the parks network is the Country Club of Miami's two courses, Briar Bay Golf ClubGreynolds Park Golf Course, Palmetto Golf Course and Haulover Beach Park Golf Course. None accept tee times more than seven days in advance, so they're your best chance at getting a last-minute slot.

Historic Miami Beach Golf Club dates back to the 1920s, but underwent a $10 million, Arthur Hills-led renovation project in 2002 to bring it up to the times — and it is now open to the public, too.

Playboy Golf Scramble
For the first time in its history, Playboy's nationwide scramble franchise is coinciding with a major sporting event, and in a place that's defined sexy, they couldn't have picked a better city to launch.

If you're looking for something much, much more than your everyday foursome during the big week, sign up for the Playboy Golf Scramble,  featuring a party with Playmates and sponsored drinks the Wednesday before the game, followed by the 18-hole scramble, which will feature a celebrity athlete with every group, prizes, golf and plenty of babes at Woodmont Country Club in Tamarac. A limited number of foursomes are still available at $1,000 per person. To book, visit PlayboyGolf.com.

Photos: Miami: Sunshine statement

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  1. Tower to the people

    Lifeguard towers on Miami Beach are colorful and easy to distinguish. Lifeguards care over swimmers who play nearby, and the towers make a great meeting place when surrounded by an endless area of sand, surf and beach umbrellas. (Richard Cummins / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Hot spot

    Thousands of people descended on Miami Beach for Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. The city hosted a number of private and public events ahead of the big game. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Wet and wild

    Jet skis cruise along Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach Marina. Tourists visiting the Bay can enjoy a number of recreational activities, including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and more. (Richard I'anson / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Life's a beach

    South Beach, also nicknamed "The American Riviera," is well-known for celebrities, chic lifestyles and, of course, beaches. The man-made beach runs along the Atlantic Ocean for miles. (Richard I'anson / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Savoring history

    The Art Deco district of South Beach is a hot spot for celebrities and is home to eccentric residents. The district has more than 800 buildings, built in the '30s and '40s, that are architecturally protected, helping its image as a chic, popular destination. (Randy Faris / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Ear to the ground

    Caribbean Flamingos -- this one eats from a pond at the Metro Zoo in Miami -- gets their color from the carotene in its diet. (Robert Sullivan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Dolphins walk, whales fly

    The Miami Seaquarium is a popular attraction that features eight marine animal shows. General admission tickets cost $37.95, and kids between the ages of three and nine get in for $27.95 (plus 7 percent sales tax). (Jon Davison / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Luxe lodgings

    The Biltmore Hotel of Coral Gables "has been a favorite of world leaders, celebrities and sports stars since its opening in the 1920s," its Web site boasts. The resort features 275 rooms, including 130 suites, a spa and fitness center. (The Biltmore) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pretty in pink

    Classic buildings aren't the only thing visitors to Miami Beach will find. Vintage cars are often spotted in the Art Deco district. The annual Art Deco Weekend hosts a classic car fest where proud owners can show off their treasures. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Colorful celebration

    A dancer wears a costume as she participates in the Miami Carnival. The carnival has been an annual event since 1984. It has grown from a small neighborhood festival to an international event bringing live bands and calypsonians from the islands. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Collins mix

    The renovated Delano Hotel (left), National Hotel (center) and the Sagamore Hotel line up Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The city has a concentration of over 800 Art Deco buildings all within one square mile. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Double-tall MOCA

    Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art "is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art," its Web site says. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for students and seniors. MOCA Members and kids under 12 can enter for free. (MOCA Miami) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Bass appeal

    The Bass Museum of Art was established 47 years ago ater Miami Beach accepted the art collection of John and Johanna Bass, and agreed it would maintain the works and make it available to the public. (Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Different strokes

    A visitor looks at "Thinking" during Art Basel Miami Beach back in 2008. "Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas," the event's Web site boasts. This year's event takes place Dec. 2-5. (Juan Castro / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Reflective moment

    Artist Jude Papaloko is reflected in a mirror on a painted wall in his gallery, the Jakmel Gallery, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Feeling the groove

    Club patrons enjoy themselves on the dance floor at Mansion nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla. Once thought of as a place to visit Grandma in January, Miami's reputation as a party city has grown since the days of "Miami Vice," through the birth of the Art Deco fashion district in the early 1990s and the more recent explosion of the South Beach club scene. (David Adame / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Port of call

    Frequent cruisers can be forgiven for seeing Biscayne Bay and Miami simply as a departure point. However, the area offers a wealth of activities and events that can satisfy tourists with a variety of different interests. (Jeff Greenberg / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Can I get a refill?

    The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Miami, started out as a quarry pit and was transformed in 1924 into the Venetian Casino. Now, more than 100,000 people visit Venetian Pool each year. During summer months, the pool is drained nightly and replentished from a subterranean aquifer. (Richard Cummins / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Year of the crab

    Plates full of cracked stone crab claws are ready to be served at Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach. Joe Weiss opened a lunch counter in 1913, and the eatery has been serving the public for 97 consecutive seasons. (Wilfredo Lee / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Feeling the beat

    A crowd dances to the rythmic sound of congas at a local latin club in Calle Ocho (8th street), the main street of the Little Havana district of Miami. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Home field

    Miami's Sun Life Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a final score of 31-17. (Dave Cross / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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