Superb Miller Course at Turnberry Isle Not Exactly a Pushover
8:00 pmMay 8, 2012, by Tim McDonald
The Miller course is one of two superb, beautifully-groomed courses at Turnberry Isle Miami. The official literature, and many golfers who have played both courses, say it is easier than the other track, the Soffer.
Others are not so sure, like the group I played with recently who pointed out it's easier if you think long par-3s are easy; the Miller has six of them with a couple being well over 200 yards.
The Miller is definitely more open than the Soffer, which gives you the sense of being in an enclosed, tropical garden. The Miller is also shorter at around 6,700 yards with a par-70, and of course, more susceptible to the wind.
The two layouts have a lot in common as well. Both were originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and both were "re-interpreted" by Ray Floyd.
When he "re-interpreted" the Miller, he brought his bulldozer with him, hauling around 700,000 cubic yards of dirt; the result is a course that has some very attractive movement to it, a rarity here in South Florida.
The Miller is a very relaxing round; the routing takes you around lovely Lake Julius, named after former pro Julius Boros, who liked to fish in the lake back in the old days.
And along the perimeter, on the other side of the fence, you will likely encounter walkers, joggers and mothers pushing their baby strollers, enjoying the beautiful scenery.