The Legendary Normandy Shores Golf Club
The land for the golf course was donated to the City of Miami Beach by M. C. Gryzmish on January 4, 1928, a year later the City took position of the land.
From that point on the City of Miami Beach worked hard to dredge and haul in fill to create the man made island for the golf course. On July 28, 1937 Howard Toomy and William S. Flynn were employed as the golf course architects. By 1939 the dredging efforts of the City of Miami Beach had created Normandy Shores Isle.
It was at this time that the first plans for the golf course were drawn up. It only took a couple of years for the golf course and new clubhouse to be completed and with great pride the City of Miami Beach held the dedication ceremony on December 18, 1941.
Most of Miami Beach was transformed into a training camp for the U.S. Army –Air Forces during World War II with 85% of the hotel rooms leased by the military to serve as barracks. But the years of the Postwar Boom were Normandy Shores Golf Club's heyday. Around 1956 the City of Miami Beach hired Mark Manahah to redesign the golf course.
Once the renovation was complete Normandy Shores became a hot spot for both the famous and infamous. The famous: Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Peter Thompson were just few of now legendary professional golfers that played Normandy Shores Golf Club on a regular basis. Some of the other regulars went by names like Stork, Charlie the Blade, Three-Iron Ward.
or the last 50 years the golf course has been maintained by the City of Miami Beach and because of the easy access of the 79th street causeway, Normandy Shores Golf Course became the perfect spot for Miami Beach, Miami, North Miami and Miami Shores golfers to enjoy a round.
Fast forward to 2008, the City of Miami Beach has spent over $9 million to renovate the now spectacular Normandy Shores Golf Club. The City hired world renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills to redesign the aging course and bring it back to its current state of glory.
In 2011 the Inaugural South Beach International Amateur was played the week before Christmas at Normandy Shores and Miami Beach Golf Clubs, becoming the highest ranked inaugural amateur tournament since rankings were introduced. Unites States Amateur Champion and Current PGA TOUR player Kelly Kraft wins the 72 hole event with a 4 under total. Move forward to 2017 and the South Beach International Amateur has become the 5th ranked amateur tournament in the world behind the United States Amateur, British Amateur, Western Amateur and NCAA Division 1 Championship. Yearly the SBIA has one of the best and largest international fields in the world with 30 or more countries represented.
South Beach International Champions
2011 Kelly Kraft - United States
2012 Juan Pablo Hernandez - Mexico
2013 Greg Eason - England
2014 Gabriel Lench - United States
2015 Jorge Garcia - Venezuela
2016 Danny Walker - United States
2017 Jacob Bergeron - United States
Juan Pablo Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico is crowned the second South Beach International Amateur with a 10 under total.
In 2013 the SBIA places second worldwide only to the British Amateur in the number of international amatuers in its field (25 countries/95 international players) while improving its field. The third years Champion is one of the world's top amateurs, Greg Eason of Leicester City, England with a 5 under par total.
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.