Turfunderground’s Top Five Places To Eat In Miami

Prime 112 on Miami Beach and Eric von Hofen

Call ahead for sure! Or eat at the bar.

If you are heading to Miami this Spring or Summer, I suggest stopping by any of these places on this list and you won’t be let down.  First of all don’t come to Miami tired, you will leave exhausted for sure, but bring your appetite. Also don’t think you are going to eat dinner at 6 pm, we eat after 9:30 pm down here and love it. Many restaurants open their doors after 7pm and fire up the stove around 8pm. Dinner in Miami on any day of the week is an experience. Remember that you want to eat great food, be seen, and people watch for sure. Miami has every dish and price point you can think of. Miami is truly an international city and just like NYC, it has so many places to eat and drink that you could go out to eat every meal every day for years and you will not eat at the same place twice. I have put this list together for you of the my favorite places that I take my guests from out of town to.

TurfUnderground’s Top Five List for Miami

1. Prime 112 in the Browns Hotel Miami Beach. Bring your camera for sure. This place is on their list also.
2. Joe’s Stone Crab.  This is not the chain in the midwest.  This place has been in Miami for over 98 years and serves hundreds of people every night.
3. Barton G. Out of the park food presentation and service.
4. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink.  Located in the trendy Design District this place rocks out every night so call ahead.
5. STK in the Gansevoort South. Just like the STK in NYC, it’s a must see.  Great music, flowing drinks and kick ass steaks.

That should take care of you while you are here so you won’t starve to death. Enjoy and let me know if you check them out. Bring a fat wallet.

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Hammock Beach And Golf Resort In Palm Coast, Florida

The Club at Hammock Beach Resort Par 3 Course and Eric von Hofen
This is one of those places that will never get built again. The course sits next to the ocean and provides great views with plenty of wind. The Resort and Club is full service with many units having views of the course and ocean. The Par 3 course(mini golf course) there is one of the best live turf courses I have ever seen. The attention to detail is there and it’s fun to play. If you are traveling through this area of Florida, stop in and take a look at the courses and some real estate at The Club at Hammock Beach. The video takes you on a quick tour of the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at Ocean Hammock in Palm Coast, Florida. This video was shot and edited by Turfundeground’s Eric J. von Hofen

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Turfunderground’s Top Five Public Courses In Naples

Tiburon and Shark Shootout
Heading to Naples, Florida this winter for some sun, relaxation, and golf? Naples is the spot, it has the highest number of courses per capita in the country. You better do your homework if you want to play some golf. Just like Palm Beach Country, many courses in Naples are private and you can’t get through the gates. So if you are lucky enough to have a wealthy uncle or friend from college that lives in the one the gated golf course communities, you will be hard pressed to find a game.

You can experience some of the best public golf in Naples if you follow my list.
1. Tiburon Golf Club designed by Greg Norman. Home to the PGA TOUR Shark Shootout.
2. Naples Grande Golf Club designed by Rees Jones.
3. The Rookery at Marco designed by Bob Cupp.
4. Lely Resort Golf & Country Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Lee Trevino.
5. Old Corkscrew Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus

While in Naples you better eat dinner early, like before 9 pm, after that many places shut down for the night. Also do not drink and drive. This is very little crime and the police would just love to meet you while you in town.

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Turfunderground Takes You To South Beach and Lincoln Road

Eric von Hofen and Lincoln Road
Over the years people just can’t get enough of South Beach and Miami. Movies like Scarface, Birdcage, Bad Boys and shows like Miami VIce, Burn Notice, CSI Miami, just to name a few, have all painted quite a picture of Miami. Some of it is true and other parts are false.  Every day, people come from around the world to vacation and spend a few days or even weeks in the South Florida sun.  Spending time on South Beach usually includes a stroll down Lincoln Road. Locals, celebrities such as the Kardashians, tourists and snow birds alike all flock to the area to shop, relax, eat and of course, to be seen.
Eric von Hofen and stars on Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road was the dream of Carl Fisher, a wealthy original developer of Miami Beach, who envisioned Lincoln Road to be the Miami Beach counterpart to Fifth Avenue in New York, or Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Back in the boom times of South Beach in the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s, it could match those upscale fashionable shopping districts. Today, Lincoln Road is a pedestrian mall between Alton Road and Washington Avenue. It is once again thriving as a shopping and dining area. Unique stores offer items not typically found in malls, and restaurants and cafés are common. Most restaurants offer either indoor or outdoor seating, including in the middle of the pedestrian mall area. And without question, the people watching on Lincoln Road can match any place in the world. Watch my video below to see for yourself.

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Turfunderground Tours The Andechs Monastery And Brewery In Munich, Germany

Eric von Hofen and Andechs, Munich, Germany
If you are heading to Munich to enjoy the best beer in the world, you better make a trip to Andechs. This place is wonderful and worth the 30 minute trip from downtown Munich. They have been producing the same beer since 1455. It is a one of a kind beer that has a great finish. There is plenty to do at the monastery. We can tour the church, enjoy some great German food at three different restaurants, buy gifts and inspect brewery where the magic happens.
Eric von Hofen
I have been to Andechs three times and every time I’m there I can’t believe the thousands of people that visit every day. I would leave Munich around 9 AM and plan on making the day of your trip. Go hungry and plan on eating lunch there. It will take you just under 30 minutes to get there. Enjoy the views of the water and mountains as you make your way up the hill to the monastery. When you get there you will park in the lower level and walk about 7 minutes up the hill. There are walking maps posted to keep you going in the right direction. You will know when you get to the top. Check out this HD video that takes you to the Andechs Monastery and brewery. Andechs is a beer drinkers paradise.

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Turfunderground’s Top 5 Public Golf Courses in Palm Beach

Eric von Hofen and the Breakers Hotel
Heading to Palm Beach, Florida this winter for some sun, relaxation, and golf?   You better do your homework if you want to play some golf. There are over 290 golf courses in Palm Beach Country, but most of them are private and you can’t get through the gates. So if you are lucky enough to have a wealthy uncle or friend from college that lives in the one the gated golf course communities, you will be hard pressed to find a game.

Palm Beach county has a population of over 1,200,000 million people so the courses are packed in the season. Palm Beach island has a year-round population of 10,468, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000. The winters are mild and produce night time lows in the 50’s and day time highs in the 70’s. This winter has been below the norm and like many areas of the country. It has been cold during the month of December and January should be better for sure.

You can experience some of the best public golf if you follow my list.

1. The Ocean Course at The Breakers Hotel. Course was redesigned by Brain Silva.
2. The Champion Course at PGA NATIONAL. Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and also home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic.
3. North Palm Beach Country Club. Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2006.
4. The Rees Jones Course at The Breakers Hotel. Course was redesigned 2006.
5. The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. A gem by the sea for sure. Course was redesigned by Raymond Floyd in 2009 and was voted Best Par 3 in America by Golf Digest.

Have fun, bring your sunscreen and your wallet.

 

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Turfunderground’s Top 5 Golf Predictions for 2011


I gave this a ton of thought and really think I hit the mark.  You probably thought I was going to predict easy stuff,  like who was going to win the Open or the Master’s.  Well not today.   Today I went after bigger targets, and below are my top 5 predictions sure to take place in 2011.

1. Tiger Woods takes over for David Fay at the USGA. He moves the USGA headquarters to Jupiter, Florida.
2. The PGA of America announces that they will hold the 2017 PGA Championship in the State of Florida. They will move the event to mid April, so it will not be during hurricane season.
3. More golf courses are opened rather than closed in the United States.
4. Titleist is purchased by Dubai World. Headquarters is moved to Abu Dhabi and all golf balls will have a picture of The Burj Khalifa on them, the tallest building in the world.
5. The PGA TOUR drops it’s no camera and cell phone policy for patrons and players. They just request you turn off the flash. Tour players Daly, Casey, Westwood, Mahan, McDowell, Watson, Cink and Poulter all love the change and tweet their entire rounds. They each pick up 1,000,000 followers on Twitter the first day.

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Turfunderground Takes You To the Abaco Club, Bahamas


Looking for a weekend trip this winter to get out of the cold, you should check out the Abaco Club in the Bahamas. This gem of the islands is the work of Englishman investor Mr. Peter De Savary. Mr. De Savary has teamed up with Ritz-Carlton to take his dream to the next level. The Club has a 18 hole golf course that was designed by architects Donald Steel and Tom McKenzie. They have created a wonderful links style course in the tropics. The course is a par 72 and it measures 7,100 from the back tees. The course was grassed with paspalum and it looks great, some of the best I have ever seen. The greens are large, like The Old Course, and take some time getting use to them. The views you get during your round of golf are amazing. The first par 3 on the front nine takes your breath away. Hit two balls to enjoy very minute of it. You feel like you are hitting over a sand dune to a large section of green carpet on the beach. Holes 17 and 18 have put Pebble Beach on guard.
The property is now being managed by the Ritz-Carlton Clubs so the service is top notch to match the golf course. They have cottages you can rent that provide the views of the Winding Bay. The beach and pools provide plenty of access to fill anyones swimming needs. You can fly into Marsh Harbour Airport and have a car service take you on the 30 minute trip to the property. Check out my video below showing my day trip to play golf and have lunch at the Abaco Club. We flew out in the morning from Palm Beach International and landed at Marsh Harbour. After a great day of golf we flew back and were home by 6:30 in the evening. Thanks again Mr. De Savary for a wonderful day.

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Turfunderground’s Top 5 Stocks for 2011

Eric von Hofen at Wall Street
The last two years have provided us with the most difficult financial times we have ever seen in our life time.  Many people were living high on the hog when the DOW closed at 14,093.08 on October 12, 2007.  It was at an all time high. Golf courses were thriving and so was the housing market.  Then eighteen months later on March 6, 2009, the DOW closed at 6,626.94.  Trillions of dollars of wealth had been wiped out, banks were closing down, the housing market stalled and golfers were missing in action.  What a roller coster ride it has been.  Today, December 13, 2010, the DOW closed at 11,428.56. Things are looking up and I have five stocks that I think will continue to produce in 2011.

1. SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) $136.05- Worried about inflation?  This gold ETF will help protect you against China and the US monetary policy.  It’s a lot easier to get rid of than a gold coin or bar.
2. Marvell Technology (MRVL) $19.15- This firm provides data storage and broadband communications processors.  Can you say Kindle?  How about Google’s Android?
3. Apple (APPL) $321.67- Ipads, Ipods, Apple TV, and Mac Books will continue to produce large amounts of cash to this already $295 billion dollar market cap company.  Get on board.  Soon Asia will be eating lots of Apples.
4. Goldman Sachs (GS) $169.48- This big house will continue to run the table on M&A activity and their trading desk makes millions of dollars each day.  WIth more clarity coming from Washington each day, this stock could do great in the years to come.
5. Caterpillar (CAT) $91.63- Cat is the biggest player in the heavy machinery business and is getting even bigger by purchasing it’s rival, Bucyrus. Growth in China and South America will also help this companies’ bottom line.

There are no guarantees in the stock market or in any type of market, so please contact a professional before you take my advice. This is only my opinion on how these stocks will do next year.

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Jim Morrison is off the hook in Miami, Florida

Eric von Hofen at Jim Morrison's Grave in Paris , France
December 9, 2010- Today in Tallahassee, Florida- Jim Morrison was let off the hook for an indecent exposure conviction. The alleged exposure happened during a concert at a Miami auditorium in 1969. Jim, a native of Florida, was granted a pardon by Florida’s out going Gov. Charlie Crist. Clemency board member, Alex Sink, also the state’s CFO, said ” the decision to grant a pardon was recognition of Morrison’s artistic legacy and the his accomplishments had endured since his death.” I think they did it because they all did not get re elected and will be leaving office at the end of the year. I think I would have done the same. Jim is a walk in the park compared to what other rock stars did in the 80’s and 90’s. Someone should have just kept him alive and in the studio.

I think it is funny that tickets for the 1969 event were $6 in advance and $7 at the door. I just went to Roger Waters “The Wall” last month and my ticket was $175. The band thought they were going to perform for 6,000 people for a fee of $25,000. 10,600 people showed up and packed the concert hall. The show was not one of The Doors best performances. Jim was not singing well and he yelled obscene insults to the crowd. He stopped in the middle of songs making the crowd upset. Some how during all of this Morrison asked the crowd if they wanted to see his man hood. Police today say he should have been locked up that night but was not. Four days later Miami Police arrested Morrison and the rest was history. The judge sentenced him to six months of hard labor and Jim never served a day. He died at the age of 27 from a heart attack on July 3, 1971 in Paris and never had a chance to appeal his case. That’s why Gov. Christ is letting him off the hook.

I have been over to see Jim Morrison’s grave a few times in Paris and I can’t believe the amount of people that visit him every year. Each time I see people from around the world and from ages of 14 to 80. Many of them singing his songs and even crying. His work touched so many peoples lives and it was a shame he died so young. I can’t find any proof if Jim ever spent any time on the golf course. I would love to hear from you have any information of him ever being on the links. Check out my video of his grave site.

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